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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 12: operations against Richmond. (search)
nd destroy and hold, if possible, the railway in that vicinity. Terry easily passed through those lines, and reached the road without much opposition, and was proceeding to destroy the track, when he was attacked by Pickett's division of Longstreet's Corps, then on its way from the Virginia capital to the beleaguered City. in co-operation with Pickett's movement was a naval demonstration by the Confederates, who sent three iron-clad steamers down the James River from Drewry's Bluff, to Dutch Gap, hoping to divert the attention of Admiral Lee from the attack that might be made upon Butler if he should attempt to interfere with the passage of the troops to Petersburg; also with a hope of damaging the National squadron. But they effected nothing, and were easily driven back. Smith's Corps (Eighteenth) having been relieved by the Sixth, was sent by Grant to aid Butler, in the event of an exigency such as had now occurred; but it arrived too late to assist Terry, and the latter, after
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 13: invasion of Maryland and Pennsylvania-operations before Petersburg and in the Shenandoah Valley. (search)
id formidable obstructions in the river around that bend of six or seven miles. Battery near Dutch Gap. this shows the interior of the Battery, as it appeared when the writer visited it, at the countered the Confederate pickets, and after a march of about three miles, they came Huts at Dutch Gap. this was the appearance of the north bank of the James River, at Dutch Gap, when the writeDutch Gap, when the writer sketched it, at the close of 1864. the bank was there almost perpendicular, and rose about thirty feet above the water. These huts and excavations were near the top. upon the intrenchments belowf Richmond. These fell back to their lines, extending from New Market Heights to the James at Dutch Gap, and went into winter quarters. General Butler's Headquarters. this was the appearance od his Headquarters at the mansion of a farm about two miles from Aiken's Landing, and one from Dutch Gap. Professor Coppee, author of Grant and his Campaigns, was furnished, by an officer of the L
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 20: Peace conference at Hampton Roads.--the campaign against Richmond. (search)
on bridges below, thereby separating the National troops on both sides of the river, precedent to an attack in overwhelming force on the wing on the north bank of the James. The squadron moved silently, under cover of darkness, but was observed and fired upon when passing Fort Brady. To this attack the vessels responded, and in so doing they dismounted a 100-pounder Parrott in the Fort, and soon afterward passed out of reach of its guns. Then the Fredericksburg broke the obstructions at Dutch Gap, and passed through, but the other two iron-clads, and the Drewry, in attempting to follow, grounded. The Drewry could not be floated, so she was abandoned, and at daybreak a shell from a National battery fired its magazine, and the vessel was blown Rifle batteries in Fort Darling. to a wreck. A monitor hurled a 300-pound bolt upon the Virginia, and killed five of her crew; and so stout was the opposition that the Confederate squadron could not go farther down the River. A fire was k
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 21: closing events of the War.--assassination of the President. (search)
the telegraph. On the day after Richmond was evacuated, he went up to that city April 4, 1865. in Admiral Porter's flag-ship, the Malvern. Captain Ralph Chandler, with the Sangamon, several tugs, and thirty small boats, with about three hundred men, had already cleared the channel of the river of torpedoes, and made the navigation comparatively safe. When news reached the fleet in the James River, at nine o'clock in the morning, that Weitzel had entered Richmond, Captain Chandler left Dutch Gap with his fleet of torpedo hunters, on his perilous expedition, and worked so skillfully and rapidly, that he was at Richmond at five o'clock the same afternoon. The Sangamon and the tugs were protected by torpedo-nets, formed of ropes, weighted with pieces of iron or lead, and provided with hooks to catch the little mines, as delineated in the engraving. These were hung from spars placed athwart the bowsprit. The Sangamon, on the occasion under consideration, had similar protections alo
Drewry's Bluff, unsuccessful naval attack on, 2.409; Gen. Butler's attempt on, 3.321. Droop Mountain, battle at, 3.113. Drywood Creek, Mo., skirmish at, 2.66. Dublin Station, Va., battle near, 3.315. Dug Springs, battle at, 2.46. Duke of Chartres, on McClellan's staff, 2.131. Dupont, Admiral S. F., commands the naval force in the Port Royal expedition, 2.115; operations of on the coast of Florida, 2.320; operations of against the defenses of Charleston, 3.192-3.197. Dutch Gap, Confederate naval attack on obstructions at, 3.531. Dutch Gap Canal, construction of, 3.357. Duval's Bluff, capture of, 2.582. Dwight, Gen., at the siege of Port Hudson, 2.631. E. Early, Gen., Jubal, expedition sent out by in the Shenandoah Valley, 3.313; his invasion of Maryland and Pennsylvania, 3.341-3.350; operations of in the Shenandoah Valley to the battle of Cedar Creek. 3.363-3.372. East Tennessee, cruel treatment of Unionists in, 2.36-2.39; minor military movem