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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 2: bombardment and fall of Fort Sumter.--destruction of the Norfolk Navy Yard by the Federal officers. (search)
test misfortune to the Union caused by the destruction of the Navy Yard, was the loss of at least twelve hundred fine guns, most of which were uninjured. A number of them were quickly mounted at Sewell's Point to keep our ships from approaching Norfolk; others were sent to Hatteras Inlet, Ocracocke, Roanoke Island and other points in the sounds of North Carolina. Fifty-three of them were mounted at Port Royal, others at Fernandina and at the defences of New Orleans. They were met with at Fort Henry, Fort Donelson, Island No.10, Memphis, Vicksburg, Grand Gulf and Port Hudson. We found them up the Red River as far as the gunboats penetrated, and took possession of some of them on the cars at Duvall's Bluff, on White River, bound for Little Rock. They gave us a three hours hard fight at Arkansas Post, but in the end they all returned to their rightful owners, many of them indented with Union shot and not a few permanently disabled. Had it not been for the guns captured at Norfolk a
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 6: naval expedition against Port Royal and capture of that place. (search)
flotilla, which under him swelled to the proportions of a fleet, all his talents and energies being devoted to the task of making it a formidable force such as the necessities of the case demanded. In this work Captain Foote was assisted by that distinguished engineer, James B. Eads, who planned and built that class of iron-clads known on the Mississippi as turtle backs, which gave such a good account of themselves during the war,and fought their way through many a bloody encounter, from Fort Henry to Grand Gulf, Port Hudson and the Red River. After the capture of Fort Hatteras, Commodore Stringham was relieved of the command at his own request. Two squadrons were organized on the Atlantic coast, one to guard the shores of Virginia and North Carolina under Flag Officer L. M. Golds-borough; the Southern Squadron. extending from South Carolina to the Capes of Florida, was assigned to Flag Officer S. F. Dupont, and the Gulf Squadron to Flag Officer W. W. McKean. Although the cap
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 14: battle and capture of Fort Henry by the Navy. (search)
ieman evacuated. the gun-boats open fire on Fort Henry. description of the battle by a Confederate of the Essex. vessels engaged in attack on Fort Henry. Shortly after the battle of Belmont the sted permission to make the attempt to take Forts Henry and Donelson; both of which General C. F. SDonelson. The heights on the west commanded Fort Henry, but the works at this point were unfinishedas from Fort Donelson. The country around Fort Henry was all under water from the overflow of thessee River, and anchor some five miles below Fort Henry, blockading the river at that point. The irry, after reconnoitering up the Tennessee to Fort Henry, we fired a few shots at the fort and returnails of your great success in the capture of Fort Henry, is just received. I had previously informend gallantry exhibited in the bombardment of Fort Henry. Resolved by the General Assembly of the St wounded on the iron-clads in this battle at Fort Henry, a small number for so long a fight, but thi[17 more...]
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 15: capture of Fort Donelson and battle of Shiloh. (search)
ry, 1862, Gen. Grant telegraphed to Gen. Halleck: Fort Henry is ours; the gunboats silenced the batteries befo destroy Fort Donelson on the 8th. and return to Fort Henry. The same reasons which had induced Grant to undertake the capture of Fort Henry still urged him to take Fort Donelson; that is, to get the control of the T stopped, and the vessel raised and taken back to Fort Henry. On the 8th of February the flotilla arrived at Donelson after having made such short work with Fort Henry. Nothing is said in official reports or generaought out in a history of this kind. The fall of Forts Henry and Donelson compelled the Confederates to changeacting upon your general instructions repeated at Fort Henry. I expected to send this letter from here to-nighe battle of Fort Donelson. After the capture of Fort Henry, Flag-officer Foote was requested by Generals Halin natural position and artificial defenses, than Fort Henry, and a land attack was more difficult, as there w
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 25: capture of Fort Hindman or Arkansas Post. (search)
r, not so little either, for a very important post fell into our hands with 6,500 prisoners, and the destruction of a powerful ram at Little Rock, which could have caused the Federal Navy in the West a great deal of trouble, was ensured. In the battle, everything went on so smoothly, there were no mistakes made, and the officers and seamen gained confidence in the gun-boats which they lacked before. But these had been much strengthened and improved since the battles of Forts Donelson and Henry, and had entire new guns on them instead of the inferior batteries they started out with; moreover, the officers had learned that the way to fight these batteries was at close quarters. Lieutenant-Commanders Walker, Owen, Bache, Shirk, Watson, Smith, Woodworth, Breese, and the commander of the Monarch were all handsomely mentioned by Casemate no. 2 destroyed by the U. S. Gun-boat Louisville. Rear view of casemate no. 2. the admiral in his report to the Navy Department. This battle
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 30: (search)
Lexington. sister-ship to the Taylor, and one of the gun-boats that had braved the storm of battle at Belmont, Shiloh, Fort Henry, Donelson and Arkansas Post. The Confederates were again assembling in White River, where it was easy for them to geed. Lieutenant-Commander S. L. Phelps performed important service in the Tennessee River, his command extending from Fort Henry as far up stream as his vessels could ascend. He chose command of this district to enable him to attend to the reconstruction of the Eastport, a vessel captured by him in the Tennessee after the fall of Fort Henry. At the time of her capture the Confederates were transforming the vessel into an iron-clad ram. This was the Eastport, hitherto mentioned in our narratiland parties of sufficient force to cope with the enemy, he made an arrangement with Lieutenant-Colonel Breckenridge at Fort Henry to supply a body of cavalry for the purpose. There was a conscription party at Linden, Tennessee, which had made its
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 55: operations of the Mississippi Squadron in the latter part of 1864 and in 1865. (search)
s. Finding it would be impossible to get the transports below the batteries, without having them cut to pieces, Fitch sent them back to Nashville under convoy of the Fair Play and Silver Lake. But Fitch was not to be balked by the Confederate batteries as long as his ammunition lasted. He set all hands to work to clear away the debris, and then proceeded down the river to his old position, taking with him the Carondelet, a vessel which had withstood the tempest of shot and shell from Forts Henry. Donelson, Vicksburg and Grand Gulf. Having secured the Carondelet to the bank above the enemy's batteries, with orders not to open fire until after the Neosho should engage, Fitch, in the latter vessel, proceeded below the Confederate batteries, rounded-to, and opened as before. As on the former occasion, the enemy opened also, but this time they got the worst of it, the Carondelet, with her heavy guns, dealing destruction right and left. Two of the enemy's pieces were soon dismoun
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 59: (search)
ia 5,002 12 662 21 4,339 91 do Feb. 29, 1864 Fort Henry. Schooner A. J. Hodge 2,120 39 327 57 1,723 09 604 75 7,318 34 Key West Mar. 29, 1864 Fort Henry.   Cotton, cargo of Emma, 120 bales 31,49es 3,727 42 390 68 3,336 74 do Mar. 29, 1864 Fort Henry.   Cotton, 139 bales 39,192 93 3,559 67 8250 bushels 62 00 6 49 1 51 do Mar. 29, 1864 Fort Henry.   Cotton, 27 bales, cargo of sch. Mary A2,718 19 9,410 40 do Feb. 29, 1864 Sagamore, Fort Henry. Schooner General Taylor 7,180 21 2,021 2 Isabella 76 87 65 58 11 29 do Mar. 29, 1864 Fort Henry. Schooner Independence 1,600 00 751 32 84 14 2,022 26 19,107 88 Key West June 1, 1864 Fort Henry. Schooner Mary Douglas 4,865 75 818 71 4,er 1,338 85 187 12 1,151 73 do June 22, 1864 Fort Henry, Wanderer. Schooner Rapid 7,564 31 777 113,438 59 1,192 40 12,246 19 do Mar. 29, 1864 Fort Henry. Sloop Southern Star 1,586 63 159 37 1,427 26 do Mar. 29, 1864 Fort Henry. Steamer St. John's 47,792 40 2,332 89 45,459 51 Boston Mar. 22,[2 more...]