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must husband our resources. Wise, cool, decided, prompt action would put us in good condition for the spring campaign of 1864, and the close of next year would furnish a more agreeable retrospect than the annus mirabilis of blunders which we now consign to the dead past.--Major-General Butler, from his headquarters at Fortress Monroe, Va., issued a general order, dismissing several officers of his command for intoxication. The rebel steamer Grey Jacket, while attempting to run out of Mobile Bay, was captured by the Union gunboat Kennebec.--President Lincoln approved the additional instructions to the tax commissioners, for the district of South-Carolina, in relation to the disposition of lands. Jefferson Davis having approved the following rule, by virtue of authority vested in him by the confederate Congress, the rebel Secretary of State gave notice thereof: No passport will be issued from the department of state, during the pending war, to any male citizen, unless th
January 9. To-day the noted guerrilla McCown and three of his men were captured by the Forrester New York cavalry regiment, reconnoitring in the direction of Sperryville, Va.--A fight took place in Mobile Bay, between the rebels in Fort Morgan and the National gunboats stationed on the blockade. On the discovery, this morning, of a steamer ashore under the guns of the Fort, all the gunboats of the fleet got under way; and, while some repaired to the flag-ship for instructions, the Octorara steamed in and opened fire on the rebel craft, which speedily drew a reply from the Fort. The rest of the fleet soon steamed in and took up their positions, when the fire became quite spirited. The rebel steamer was struck several times, and abandoned; but she lay so near the Fort, it was impossible to get her out. Finding the efforts to set her on fire were fruitless, the fleet withdrew, after firing two hours.--A squad of rebel cavalry entered Cleveland, Tenn., and conscripted every man a
he Florida in Mobile at the close of 1862. He describes her as a small sloop-of-war, eight rifled guns, and one hundred and twenty men. January sixteenth, left Mobile Bay with steam and every sail set to topmast studding sail, making fourteen and a half knots. On the seventeenth, at daylight, saw a big sloop — of war, supposed tmy being bagged, and nicely closeted, in a well-built fort in Old Abe's dominions. As you have, perhaps, heard nothing definite of the Florida since she left Mobile Bay, I will give you a brief account of her exploits, and of my cruise since leaving her. She left Mobile Bay on a clear, starlight night, a stiff breeze blowingMobile Bay on a clear, starlight night, a stiff breeze blowing from the north-west. We dashed by the blockaders at full speed, and although blue and flash Drummond lights turned night into day, we were not fired at. Next morning the Oneida, Brooklyn, and Cuyler, were in chase, but they soon dropped far astern. The breeze was strong, and we carried all the canvas the Florida could bear. Th
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., chapter 7.51 (search)
Farragut at Mobile Bay. based upon the author's paper in the century for May, 1881, entitled an August morning with Farragut, revised and extended for the presenral Farragut devoted a large share of his attention to the operations against Mobile Bay. He was aware that the Confederates were actively engaged in the constructioat Mobile and above, and it was his earnest desire to force the entrance into Mobile Bay and capture the forts that guarded it, before the more powerful of the new ve that General Canby could make his arrangements to cooperate with Farragut at Mobile Bay. On the 3d of August a division of troops, under General Gordon Granger, lanthe events of the next day, it may be well to give an idea of the situation. Mobile Bay gradually widens from the city to the gulf, a distance of thirty miles. The ept down by a shot which came crashing through The Galena after the fight in Mobile Bay. From a War-time sketch. Captain Tunis A. M. Craven. From a photograph.
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., The ram Tennessee at Mobile Bay. (search)
The ram Tennessee at Mobile Bay. by James D. Johnston, commander, C. S. N. The Confederate naval force at Mobile at the time of Admiral Farragut's attack was commanded by Admiral Franklin Buchanan, of Merrimac fame, and consisted of the iron-clad ram Tennessee, armed with four 6.4-inch rifled guns in broadside, and two 7-inch rifles, one at each end of the shield; the gun-boats Morgan and Gaines, carrying six guns each, chiefly of smaller caliber; and the Selma, carrying only four, making in all 22 guns. The entire force of officers and men was about 470. Admiral Farragut's fleet consisted of six first-class steam sloops of war, eight smaller sloops and gun-boats, and four monitors, two of which had double turrets. The total number of guns carried by these vessels was 159, and 33 howitzers; and the officers and crews numbered about 3000. The hull of the Tennessee was constructed on a high bluff near the Alabama River, a short distance above the city of Selma, and all the timb
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., chapter 7.54 (search)
n the rigging. from the century magazine (old series), June, 1881. I. By J. Crittenden Watson, Captain, U. S. N. At the commencement of the action [in Mobile Bay] Admiral Farragut was standing in the port main-rigging, which position enabled him to overlook the other vessels of the fleet while at the same time it gave hias, or was not, lashed to the rigging of the United States flag-ship Hartford during the battle of the 5th of August, 1864, passing the forts at the entrance of Mobile Bay, my position placed me in a situation to be able to see and know as much in that respect as any one at that tim.e. I was in charge of the howitzer placed in the-rigging is six feet to the platform of the maintop. I made my last cruise in the old Hartford, and this question often came up. Many times, in going aloft, I have stood in the same place and reached my hand above the platform of the maintop. New York, October 18th, 1888. Fort Morgan, Mobile Bay. From a War-time sketch.
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., The defense of Fort Morgan. (search)
The defense of Fort Morgan. by R. L. Page, Brigadier-General, C. S. A., commander of the Fort. Early on the morning of the 5th of August, 1864, I observed unusual activity in the Federal fleet off Mobile Bay, indicating, as I supposed, that they were about to attempt the passage of the fort. After an early breakfast the men were sent to the guns. Everybody was in high spirits. In a short time preparations were ended, and then followed perfect silence, before the noise of battle. At 6 o'clock A. M. the enemy's ships began to move in with flags flying. They gradually fell into a line, consisting of twenty-three vessels, four of which were monitors. Each of the first four of the largest wooden ships had a smaller one lashed on the side opposite the fort, and was itself protected by a monitor between it and the fort. The smaller ships followed in line. As they approached with a moderate wind and on the flood tide, I fired the first gun at long range, and soon the firing be
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)
e of opposition; and it was not long before his six thousand troops and more were ready for the field. The Government had then turned its attention to the posts on the Gulf of Mexico and its tributary waters, and the seizure of Mobile and New Orleans, and the occupation of Texas, formed parts of its capital plan of operations in that region. Butler was called upon to suggest the best rendezvous for an expedition against Mobile. He named Ship Island, off the coast of Mississippi, between Mobile Bay and Lake Borgne (a low sand-bar, lying just above low water, and averaging seven miles in length and three-fourths of a mile in width), as the most eligible point for operations against any part of the Gulf Coast. Thither some of his troops were sent, in the fine steamship Constitution, under General J. W. Phelps, whom Butler well knew, and honored as a commander at Fortress Monroe and vicinity. The Constitution returned, and two thousand more of the six thousand men embarked, when an el
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 16: career of the Anglo-Confederate pirates.--closing of the Port of Mobile — political affairs. (search)
t of Mobile to be closed, 439. the defenses of Mobile, 440. naval battle in Mobile Bay, 441. destruction of the Confederate squadron. 442. capture of Forts Gaineor that purpose, Admiral Farragut appeared Aug. 5, 1864. off the entrance of Mobile Bay, full thirty miles below the City, with a fleet of eighteen vessels, four of anted upon Dauphin Island for the purpose of co-operating. the entrance to Mobile Bay is divided by Dauphin Island, making two passages; the easterly one four milelowed the Brooklyn and her tethered companion, the Octorara, to Entranoe to Mobile Bay. lead the wooden ships. When that vessel was within range of the Fort, whoseFarragut's work was not done. There stood the forts guarding the entrance to Mobile Bay, almost unharmed, with full armaments and garrisons. These must be captured iladelphia, Pittsburg, Baltimore, Newport (Kentucky), St. Louis, New Orleans, Mobile Bay, Pensacola, Hilton Head, and New Berne. mentioned in note 1, on page 395.
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 17: Sherman's March through the Carolinas.--the capture of Fort Fisher. (search)
are, whence she first set forth. There she was dismantled, and left to repose near League Island, a short distance below Philadelphia, where she was accidentally set on fire, and was destroyed, on Sunday, the 16th of December, 1866. and monitors. ordered to join the Army of the Potomac. See page 292. This put an end to the expedition, and postponed the capture of Wilmington. In the succeeding summer, when preparations were begun for Farragut's attack on the forts at the entrance to Mobile Bay, See page 439. similar arrangements were made for reducing the forts at the entrance to the Cape Fear River. So early as August, armored and unarmored gun-boats began to gather in Hampton Roads; and in October full fifty war-vessels were there, under the command of Admiral Porter, including the New Ironsides and several monitors. Meanwhile, Governor Andrew had been to Washington, and laid before the Government September, 1864. Mr. Kidder's plan, which was again approved. That gentle
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