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established was raised.--(Doc. 136.) The United States fleet, under command of Commodore S. F. Dupont, achieved a great victory to-day on the coast of South Carolina. The expedition arrived off Port Royal harbor, S. C., last Sunday evening, Nov. 3. The next morning, the Vixen and Mercury, with several gunboats, entered the harbor to take soundings, and were attacked by the rebel battery on Bay Point, known as Fort Beauregard, assisted by five rebel steamers, under command of Commodore Josiah Tatnall. A skirmish ensued, lasting till darkness came on. The following morning, Nov. 5, the whole National fleet went inside, and seven gunboats went up to make a reconnoissance and discover the location of the rebel batteries by drawing their fire. In this they were successful, and consequently withdrew at about nine o'clock. In the afternoon the heavy men-of-war moved inward to get into position, but the Wabash grounded, where she remained for an hour and a half. This circumstance po
ch several of the rebels were killed, wounded, and taken prisoners, and a few of the Federal soldiers wounded. Col. Bayard narrowly escaped death, his horse being shot under him, and two balls passing through his clothes.--(Doc. 193.) Commodore Tatnall, with three small steamers and one gunboat, attacked the Federal fleet in Cockspur Roads, Ga. From forty to fifty shots were exchanged. No person was injured. Failing to draw the National fleet under the guns of Fort Pulaski, Commodore TaCommodore Tatnall withdrew.--Richmond Dispatch, Nov. 28. A letter from the Upper Potomac, received in Washington, stated that G. W. Smith, formerly Street Commissioner in the City of New York, was in command of the rebel forces at Leesburg, Va., and in that vicinity. Jefferson Davis sent in to the Confederate Congress a Message concerning the secession of Missouri. It was accompanied by a letter from Governor Jackson, and also by an act dissolving the Union with the United States, and an act rat
N., was despatched yesterday for the purpose of entering the Savannah River in the rear of the Fort. Captain Davis's detachment followed the Wilmington Narrows on the south side of the river, while Captain Rodgers sailed up Wall's Cut, and thence into Wright River, on the north side. The two expeditions appeared this morning on opposite sides of the savannah, both being detained by piles driven in to oppose their progress, or by the shallowness of the water. While in this position. Commodore Tatnall, of the Confederate Navy, came down the savannah with five rebel gunboats, and a fleet of lighters in tow with provisions for Fort Pulaski. The national gunboats immediately opened fire on him, and a triangular engagement took place, during which three rebel boats succeeded in reaching the Fort, and discharging their lighters. They then returned and passed between the National fleets, being nearly two miles distant from each, up the river. No damage was sustained by the National gun
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 5: military and naval operations on the coast of South Carolina.--military operations on the line of the Potomac River. (search)
the expedition its departure, 116. a terrible storm at sea joy of the Confederates, 117. the expedition off Beaufort Harbor Confederate defenses there, 118. Tatnall and his Mosquito fleet plan of attack, 119. battle of Port Royal entrance, 120. capture of forts Walker and Beauregard at Port Royal entrance, 121. Landing ohillip's Island, and the entrance to Trenchard's Inlet. In addition to these land forces, there was a little squadron called the Musquito fleet, under Commodore Josiah Tatnall, a brave old veteran of. the National navy, who served with distinction in the war of 1812, but who. had been seduced from his allegiance and his flag by main squadron ranged, in a line ahead, and a flanking squadron, which was to be thrown off on the northern section of the harbor, to engage the enemy's flotilla (Tatnall's), and prevent them taking the rear ships of the main line when it turned to the southward, or cutting off a disabled vessel. Report of Commodore Dupont to th
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 6: the Army of the Potomac.--the Trent affair.--capture of Roanoke Island. (search)
hed camp, extending across the road that traversed the middle of the Island. These several fortifications mounted about forty heavy guns. There were batteries also on the main, commanding the channels of Croatan Sound. vessels had been sunk in the main channel of Croatan Sound, and heavy stakes had been driven in its waters from the main to the Island, to obstruct the passage of vessels. Above these obstructions was a flotilla of small gun-boats — a sort of Musquito fleet like that of Tatnall at Port Royal--eight in number, and carrying eleven guns. These were commanded by Lieutenant W. F. Lynch, late of the National navy, who had abandoned his flag, received a Commodore's commission from the conspirators, and was now charged with the defense of the coast of North Carolina. after a reconnaissance, Commodore Goldsborough slowly moved his fleet of seventy vessels, formed on the morning of the 5th of February, 1862. toward Croatan Sound, fifteen of the gun-boats leading, under
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 12: operations on the coasts of the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico. (search)
mington River, and St. Augustine Creek. The latter expedition found obstructions in St. Augustine Creek; but the gunboats were able to co-operate with those of Rogers in an attack Jan. 28, 1862. on the little flotilla of five gun-boats of Commodore Tatnall, which attempted to escape down the river from inevitable blockade. Tatnall was driven back with two of his vessels, but the others escaped. The expedition, having accomplished its object of observation, returned to Hilton Head, and theTatnall was driven back with two of his vessels, but the others escaped. The expedition, having accomplished its object of observation, returned to Hilton Head, and the citizens of Savannah believed that designs against that city and Fort Pulaski were abandoned. Yet the Confederates multiplied the obstructions in the river in the form of piles, sunken vessels, and regular chevaux-de-frise; and upon the oozy islands and the main land on the right bank of the river they built heavy earthworks, and greatly enlarged and strengthened Fort Jackson, about four miles below the city. Among the most formidable of the Chevaux-De-frise. new earthworks was Fort Lee,
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 15: the Army of the Potomac on the Virginia Peninsula. (search)
losion was heard. The fleeing Confederates had set the Merrimack, other vessels, and the Navy Yard on fire, and by a slow match communicating with her magazine, the monster ram was blown into fragments. The Merrimack, then in command of Commodore Tatnall, was at Craney Island, for the two-fold purpose of protecting Norfolk and guarding the mouth of the James River. The land troops had fled without informing Tatnall of the movement, and the unfortunate old man, seeing the Navy Yard in flameTatnall of the movement, and the unfortunate old man, seeing the Navy Yard in flames, and all the works abandoned, could do nothing better than to destroy his ship and fly, for with his best efforts he could not get her into the James River. Sewell's Point and Craney Island, both strongly fortified, were abandoned. Craney Island was much more strongly fortified now for the defense of Norfolk than it was in 1813. See Losing's Pictorial Field-Book of the War of 1812. Captain Case, of the Navy, was the first man to land on the abandoned Island, and to pull down the ensign of
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 6: naval expedition against Port Royal and capture of that place. (search)
f battle. list of vessels comprising the fighting squadron. Commodore Tatnall withdraws. loyalty of Commander Percival Drayton. evacuationeral Sherman's headquarters securely established at Hilton Head. Tatnall escapes. Colonel Gilmore's reconnoissance. results of the loss od in Port Royal Roads. Some small Confederate steamers, under Commodore Tatnall, formerly of the U. S. Navy, were chased and took refuge unde line ahead, and a flanking squadron to engage the gun-boats under Tatnall, which might prove troublesome and therefore required attention. owing sand into the guns and into the eyes of the gunners. Commodore Tatnall, who was watching the operations from his flotilla of fragiler waterway of from two and one half to four fathoms, through which Tatnall escaped with his steamers, and where it was thought he should havepturing General Drayton and all his command, who escaped either in Tatnall's steamers or in army transports. Colonel Gilmore, of the Engin
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 9: operations of Admiral Dupont's squadron in the sounds of South Carolina. (search)
f officers of the fleet. expedition of fleet Captain C. H. Davis to Warsaw Sound. regiments accompanying expedition. Tatnall's gunboats open fire on Union fleet and get worsted. excitement in savannah. officers who were conspicuous. patriotis was intersected. At 5 P. M. five Confederate steamers, one of them carrying a square flag at the fore (probably Commodore Tatnall's), anchored at the mouth of the creek. They had it in their power to choose their distance, and this led to an expectation of an attack, but the night passed quietly. At 11:15 the five steamers composing Commodore Tatnall's squadron attempted to pass down the river with some scows in tow. Commander John Rodgers, who lay at anchor in Wright River, and Captaithem, which they returned with spirit. The result of the engagement, which lasted less than half an hour, was that Commodore Tatnall and one of his squadron were driven back; the other three vessels made good their passage down to Fort Pulaski, and
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 12: fight between the Merrimac and Monitor, March 8, 1862. (search)
service, on the 29th of March, 1862, Commodore Josiah Tatnall was ordered to command her instead ofMonitor with so much skill and bravery. Commodore Tatnall had a high reputation in the old Navy asng the Mexican War, and knew him as Commodore Josiah Tatnall. well as one man can know another. TTatnall was ready for any desperate service, but he lacked Catesby Jones' coolness and judgment. n Roads accompanied by six gun-boats. Commodore Tatnall fully expected the Monitor to be ready ts easily as a knife opens a watermelon. To Tatnall's surprise no one seemed to notice his appearmac. The officers of the Merrimac, knowing Tatnall's reputation, expected a desperate engagementailing vessels within the bar off Hampton. Tatnall ordered Lieut. Barney, in the Jamestown, to glad they all returned below Fortress Monroe. Tatnall stood direct for the Monitor, which retreatedshot passed over the ship and a mile beyond. Tatnall remained for some hours in the Roads until fi
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