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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 11: Goldsborough's expedition to the sounds of North Carolina. (search)
nfederates to cover Norfolk in the rear, Welden and the Northeast railroads, and keep open their communications with Lee's army at Richmond. If the Northern Government had established a formidable army in North Carolina in the neighborhood of Plymouth, Greenville and Newbern, connected by lines of communication and supported near these places by a fleet of gun-boats with powerful guns, the Wilmington Railroad, Raleigh and Welden would have been within striking distance of our army, and the Counds, and that the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers must fall into our hands, they determined to fortify Roanoke Island and prevent our getting into Albemarle Sound; so that they could hold communication with Norfolk through the Currituck Inlet and save Plymouth and the Roanoke River. They were building some heavy iron-clads up that river, and all the material, machinery and guns had to be transported from Norfolk and Richmond. The defences of Roanoke Island consisted of six separate works. Five of
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 34: (search)
. He seemed to delight in making explorations where little was to be gained except hard knocks, and it is remarkable that in the severe river-fighting to which he was exposed he did not sooner lose his life. On the 9th of July, 1862, he left Plymouth for Hamilton in the steamer Commodore Perry, having taken on board Captain W. W. Hammell, Company F., 9th New York Volunteers, and twenty of his men, with the steamers Shawsheen and Ceres in company; the latter vessel having on board Second-Lieu of the rivers for the purpose of firing on the gun-boats. During the command of Flag-officer Goldsborough all the sounds had been taken possession of under the admirable management of Commander Rowan, Lieutenant Flusser and others. Newbern, Plymouth, Elizabeth City, and every important place, was in charge of a gun-boat or was garrisoned by soldiers, and most of the Confederate troops that had been sent to resist the Union forces had returned to Richmond, where at that time an attack was ex
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 35: operations of the North Atlantic Squadron, 1863. (search)
ernment. operations of Lieutenant Flusser on the Chowan River. attack on Plymouth, N. C. the Southfield disabled. achievements of General J. G. Foster. Army andnemy, who made a note of all his movements. On December 9th, 1862. he left Plymouth to operate on the Chowan River, leaving the Southfield, Acting-Volunteer-Lieuthove in sight a short time after, and taking the Southfield in tow returned to Plymouth, where his presence restored confidence and quiet. Thus the Confederate mariver for annoying the gun-boats; and was too important a position and too near Plymouth to allow the enemy to hold it. On the 30th, Flusser took on board his vesseroyed two bridges over the Purquimenous River, and returned that same night to Plymouth. Thus was cut off one of the means by which the enemy had supplied themselveslow Hill's Point was reinforced by the Southfield, Whitehead and Seymour, from Plymouth. In the meantime the Commodore Hull and Louisiana, and an armed transport cal
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 40: (search)
nder Flusser to Windsor, N. C. attack on Plymouth, N. C. Confederate ram Albemarle attacks Southfnoon, directing a heavy fire upon the town of Plymouth, the battle became general all along the linehas. A. French, anchored with the Miami below Plymouth, and the ram, having been reported as coming still above water, the Albemarle returned to Plymouth. After the gun-boats left the ram in full g for information in regard to the capture of Plymouth through want of assistance from the Navy, theeks. It is further reported that an attack on Plymouth is contemplated by land and water. Our for The enemy have appeared in force in front of Plymouth, and attacked the place. The ram has sunk thhe Army was cheerfully and earnestly given at Plymouth, as it has ever been given always and at all en no neglect or inattention on their part at Plymouth or elsewhere in that quarter. I have, etc.orts to the contrary brought by refugees from Plymouth. There were fired from the different vessels[17 more...]
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 44: battle of Mobile Bay. (search)
ith such disasters as made co-operation impossible. The Confederate papers magnified the want of success on the part of General Banks, and made the most of it for their side, until they really believed all through the Southwest that they had gained a brilliant victory, when the truth was simply that the Federal General did not hold on to the victory which his troops had won. Great rejoicing was also kept up in the South in consequence of the success of the Albemarle and the capture of Plymouth. Many were made to believe that a new and favorable turn had been given to their affairs, and that if the opportunity was followed up it would lead to further successes in Louisiana. A pressure was brought to bear on Admiral Buchanan to expedite the completion of the iron-clad Tennessee, with the expectation that this vessel would demolish Farragut and his fleet, proceed to New Orleans, capture the Union fleet at that place, prevent Banks from reaching the city again, and finally restore
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 49: first attack on Fort Fisher.--destruction of the confederate ram Albemarle, etc. (search)
h Cushing. bombardment of and capture of Plymouth, N. C. losses and fruits of victory. the famoution of the Confederate ram Albemarle, at Plymouth, N. C. This was most important; for, as has beenmarle still existed, and might sally out from Plymouth as soon as the necessary repairs were made, ao attack and recover the town and defences of Plymouth. On the very morning appointed for Cushing, on the night of the 27th ultimo, at Plymouth, North Carolina. When, last Summer, the Departmention of the ram he should proceed to recapture Plymouth. For their part, the Confederates were not i Middle River, which joined the Roanoke above Plymouth, in order to cut off any vessels the enemy miture of the batteries and the town of Plymouth, North Carolina, which place with all its defences wa Secretary of the Navy. This recapture of Plymouth was an important event, as both sides had beella might well be proud, for the batteries of Plymouth were manned by as good soldiers as could be f[11 more...]
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 50: Second attack on Fort Fisher. (search)
nts of the war. After the destruction of the Albemarle and the recapture of Plymouth. the operations in the Sounds of North Carolina were comparatively unimportanered of much consequence. The Confederates still held the Roanoke River above Plymouth, as there was not a sufficient naval force in the Sounds to operate successful been a handsome addition to the sinking of the Albemarle and the recapture of Plymouth by the Navy. The Otsego made the number of naval vessels blown up by the Confve been crowned with success. Although the area of operations in and around Plymouth was not a large one, what thrilling incidents had occurred in that small space! First: the capture and fortification of Plymouth by the Union forces; then the appearance of the Albemarle and her sinking the Southfield; the death of the gallantund flotilla; the sinking of the Albemarle by Cushing; the dash of Macomb upon Plymouth, recovering the place after as handsome an attack at the cannon's mouth as was
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 51: effects of the fall of Fort Fisher, and criticisms on General Badeau's military history of General Grant. (search)
nly to injure the prestige of the North, but to enable the South to demand better terms than they could otherwise have hoped for. When the Federal troops entered Wilmington, all of Cape Fear River and the Wilmington and Weldon railroad were placed in possession of the Federal authorities; and, as the Navy held the principal points on the sounds of North Carolina, the United States Government could throw any number of troops into the enemy's rear by way of the Weldon railroad, Newborn and Plymouth, and furnish them with provisions by the same routes; so that Sherman could advance through Georgia and South Carolina without fear of opposition from General Johnston, who after the fall of Fort Fisher evidently gave up the idea of successful resistance, though he did attempt to prevent Sherman reaching Goldsborough — a forlorn hope. Mr. Lincoln appreciated the difficulty with which the Federals had to contend as long as General Johnston with a powerful army kept the field. A check to