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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)
rks on a small island, and on the left the shore of the main land, while in the distance is the City of Savannah. Davis, was sent to pass up to the Savannah River, in rear of Fort Pulaski, by way of Wassaw Sound, Wilmington 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 toSt. 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 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 r
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 52: operations about Charleston, 1865.--fall of Charleston, Savannah, etc. (search)
d be found of the sixteen (16). The Bibb came in contact with and exploded one on the 17th of March, and the Massachusetts grazed one on the 19th, so that the balance remain undiscovered. A set of the same kind, placed across the mouth of the Wando, were recovered and destroyed. Acting-Master Gifford found as many as sixty-one (61) at different points of the shore, about the harbor, ready for service, or nearly so, and at hand to be put down if needed. At Causten s Bluff, in St. Augustine Creek (one of the approaches to Savannah), were found a number lying on a wharf all ready for immediate use. They were conveniently handled, and could be laid down rapidly and easily. Woods and Thompson say that with one boat they placed them at the rate of four in an hour. This kind of torpedo was the most convenient of all, and the most dangerous, though, being liable to shift with the current, they were apt to trouble those who used them. One rebel steamboat (Marion) had been blown
seemed nearly, if not quite, as important as those to which I have already alluded. A passage on the right side of the Savannah has always been known to exist, leading from Warsaw Sound through the Wilmington River, until it narrows into St. Augustine Creek, and finally empties into the Savannah, just below Fort Jackson. The passage was defended, and is still, by a battery; but, through the negroes, information was obtained of another, leading up also from Warsaw, but much nearer to the Savannah, and entering it lower down than St. Augustine Creek, This second passage is called Wilmington Narrows, and is said to have been occasionally used as a short cut by rival lines of steamers from Savannah city. Several reconnoissances were made along its course, both by naval and military officers of distinction, among the latter Capt. (now General) Gilmore, Chief of Engineers in Gen. Sherman's staff, of the former, Capt. Bankhead, of the gunboat Pembina. The result of their explorations
e as the rebels held these batteries, they covered these obstructions by the fire of twenty-six cannon, of which thirteen were columbiads. As the Savannah River is lined with marshes to the line of obstructions, no troops could operate on either side, and the vessels that approached could have no cooperation, while they were also under the fire of the battery of fourteen guns on Whitmarsh Island, at a range of----yards. Savannah could, however, be approached by landing troops in St. Augustine Creek, whence roads led directly to the city — the distance not exceeding three miles--which was also easy riflerange, and permitted the destruction of the city. The navigation from the sea is better by this route than by Savannah River. To guard against this danger, there were several batteries: First. Turner's Rocks, six guns, four of them ten-inch columbiads, and one eight-inch columbiad. Second. Thunderbolt, twelve guns, of which one was a ten-inch columbiad, and four were
f the creek, at that point about 300 yards wide. Vessels drawing sixteen feet of water can navigate it. The distance of Caustine's Bluff Battery from the obstructions in Savannah River is about two miles, and one mile from obstructions in St. Augustine Creek. This battery is enfiladed by Ostland Island, about 700 yards off, and taken in rear by Whitemarsh Island, about 3300 yards off. I have ordered its traverses to be lengthened sufficiently; also door of magazine properly protected; and e batteries already referred to commanding the defences on the river. I then visited the battery of twelve guns (two 8-inch columbiads, two 42-pounders, seven 32-pounders, one 24-pounder, rifled, two 8-inch navy guns) at Thunderbolt, on St. Augustine Creek, above Caustine's Bluff, about six miles to the southwest of Savannah. This is naturally a strong position, with good traverses between the guns, to prevent enfilade fire from Liberty Island, about one and a quarter miles off. Excepting t
Joseph T. Derry , A. M. , Author of School History of the United States; Story of the Confederate War, etc., Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 6, Georgia (ed. Clement Anselm Evans), Chapter 2: (search)
valry appointed for the war with Spain (the other being the famous Confederate, Little Joe Wheeler), took an expedition by boat from Hilton Head about Christmas, 1861, to saw off and pull out these piles on the north of the river, and had nearly cleared a passage when detected. Tattnall then came down to the mouth of the Wright river and drove off the working party. The Federals also sought to use a channel leading up from the south, from Warsaw sound, through Wilmington river and St. Augustine creek to the Savannah just below Fort Jackson. An attack by this route had been foreseen and guarded against by the erection of a battery on a small island opposite Fort Jackson, which in honor of Dr. Cheves, who superintended its construction, was called Fort Cheves, and mounted some long 32-pounders from Norfolk navy yard. Fire rafts were also prepared. One of these, completed about Christmas, was cut loose by a traitor and floated down unlighted to Tybee beach, the Federal position.
Capt. Calvin D. Cowles , 23d U. S. Infantry, Major George B. Davis , U. S. Army, Leslie J. Perry, Joseph W. Kirkley, The Official Military Atlas of the Civil War, Index. (search)
76, 2; 118, 1; 135-A; 142, C4 Sabine Cross-Roads, La.: Engagement, April 8, 1864 50, 6 Sabine Pass, Tex. 32, 3; 135-A Defenses and means of communication, 1863 32, 3 Sacramento Mountains, N. Mex. 98, 1 Sailor's Creek, Va. 16, 1; 74, 1; 76, 5; 77, 4; 78, 4; 100, 1; 137, G5 Vicinity of, toward Jetersville, Va. 77, 4 Saint Albans, Vt. 171 Saint Andrew's Bay, Fla. 135-A; 147, F10; 171 Saint Augustine, Fla. 135-A; 146, B11; 171 Saint Augustine Creek, Ga. 5, 4; 70, 2; 71, 10; 80, 1; 101, 21; 120, 2; 133, 3; 144, F10 Saint Charles Court-House, La. 156, E8 Saint Francis, Ark. 135-A; 154, B8 Saint Francis River, Ark. 135-A; 153, F8; 154, B8; 171 Saint Francisville, La. 135-A; 155, H6; 156, B6; 171 Saint Francisville, Mo. 153, C9 Saint Genevieve, Mo. 47, 1; 152, G10 Saint George, W. Va. 116, 3; 136, F1 Saint Helena Island, S. C. 91, 4; 117, 1; 135-A; 144, E12 Saint James, Mo
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 17. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The siege and evacuation of Savannah, Georgia, in December, 1864. (search)
diciously located were they, and so efficiently armed, that the Federals in this direction were thoroughly kept at bay. Commencing at Red Bluff, on the Carolina shore, a series of advanced works extended across the Savannah river, along St. Augustine creek, by the way of Whitemarsh Island, Thunderbolt Bluff, the Isle of Hope, Beaulieu, and Rose Dew, until it rested upon the Great Ogeechee river. As, during the siege, few changes were made in the armament of those fixed batteries, the follmbiad guns. The most powerful work on the Savannah river was Battery Lee, which mounted two 10-inch mortars, two 10-inch and three 8-inch columbiads, one 42 and one 32-pounder gun and two 24-pounder howitzers. Fort Bartow, commanding St. Augustine creek, not far from its confluence with the Savannah river, was a substantially constructed, enclosed earthwork, mounting sixteen guns, to-wit: one 10-inch columbiad, two 8-inch naval shell guns, two 8-inch columbiads, two 24-pounder rifle guns,
lds the north end of Wilmington Island, still the communication between Fort Pulaski and they city remains intact. Indeed, it would appear that the Federal steamers have not the Savannah river proper at all. at Warsaw Sound — into which St. Augustine creek (one of the numerous myths of the Savannah) empties its waters — then vessels sought to turn the Fort by one of the cutlets of St. Augustine creek, Should they succeed in passing the batteries along the creek, they would have still to go sSt. Augustine creek, Should they succeed in passing the batteries along the creek, they would have still to go some further before they would reach the courier above the Fort. Until they shall have this, the communication between the and Fort Pulaski will remain open. The ships, it is understood, in endeavoring around the north side of Wilmington are trying to avoid a battery which is Augustine creek, southwardly from They had encountered obstacles, already stated, which they were and savor remove, and which labor may, be one of more difficulty than is supposed. Fort Pulaski is upon the Sa
four miles of this city, and at 8 P. M. to-day, I saw through a good glass three of them engaged in an encounter with the Sampson. Our little steamer stood the brunt of it remarkably well--one large shell from a rifled gun fell upon her deck, but failed to explode, and she received three other shots, doing some slight damage. The Federal gun-boats came through Warsaw Sound to the rear of Little Tybee Island, and early this morning swa of the largest were engaged at the mouth of St. Augustine creek in raising the piles and the obstructions sunk there. Should they succeed, they will cut off communication with Fort Pulaski; indeed, the space cut through by the creek into the river is so small that the enemy's guns command the channel of the main river, and this morning they attacked the small unarmed steamer Ida, plying to the Fort. General Lee has arrived here, and, with a company and the necessary officers, leave this night to replace any obstructions that may have been remove
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