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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 26: siege of Vicksburg. (search)
Confederate flotilla, consisting of the Webb, Queen of the West and two armed transports. capture of the Indianola by the Confederates. an account written by her commanding officer Lieut.-Commander George Brown. attempt to cut a canal to Lake Providence. Yazoo Pass expedition by gunboats and transports. engagement with Fort Pemberton on the Tallahatchie River, etc. The siege of Vicksburg may be said to have commenced January 26th, 1862, on which day the Army was landed at Young's Point that wished for event did not come to pass until after the fall of Vicksburg. The enemy mounted heavy guns opposite the mouth of the canal, and prevented any work upon it. General Grant now hit upon a new expedient — which was to deepen Lake Providence. This Lake communicated with the Tensas River (a deep stream), and the Tensas emptied into the Washita, and this latter into the Red River — thus forming a beautiful system of inland navigation which if properly opened and intelligently dir
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 30: (search)
ade so glorious by the capture of Vicksburg and the victory of Gettysburg. On the 9th of August the Mound City, Lieutenant-Commander Byron Wilson, while at Lake Providence, gave the enemy a severe lesson. Captain John McNeil, C. S. A., notorious raider, made a descent on Lake Providence with some seventy men, for the purpose ofLake Providence with some seventy men, for the purpose of carrying off some mules, horses and wagons, a number of the latter having congregated there during the occupation pation of the place by a part of the Federal army. As McNeil's men entered the town the Mound City opened on them with her portbattery and the enemy fled to the woods, leaving seven dead on the field and carrying off many wounded. The enemy never expected to see an ironclad at Lake Providence and never troubled the place again. It was exceedingly difficult to suppress this system of guerilla warfare, but it was finally put an end to by the Navy when the surrender of Vicksburg relieved a large number of gun-boats from imperative duties whi