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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 19: the repossession of Alabama by the Government. (search)
troops at New Orleans, 508. advance of the National forces, 509. attack on Spanish Fort, on Mobile Bay, 510. fortifications at Blakely, 511. battle of Blakely, 512. evacuation of Mobile by the Can of campaign for the winter and spring of 1865. The capture of the forts at the entrance to Mobile Bay Aug., 1864. was a necessary preliminary movement. Had Farragut then known how weakly Mobile nt page. besides several which guarded the entrances to the rivers that flow into the head of Mobile Bay. Along the shore, below the city, were Batteries Missouri, Mound and Buchanan. Just below the latter, and terminating the middle line of fortifications, was Fort Sidney Johnston. In the harbor were two floating batteries and four stationary ones, named, respectively, Tighlman, Gladden, Cae received but two shots as she went by, from batteries there, the vessels of war being yet in Mobile Bay. The Webb was pursued by gun-boats from above, and was hurrying toward the Gulf, when she enc
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 20: a brave officer's mortification.--history set right. (search)
y mentioned to the Department. In the former, you are reported as leading the right column in the gun-boat Cayuga, as having preceded me up to the quarantine station, and as having captured the Chalmette regiment, and every possible credit is given you for the manner in which you conducted your line, and preceding us to attack the Chalmette forts. As to historians, I can, of course, do nothing. I have read but one account to which you allude (Dr. Boynton's), and that in reference to Mobile Bay, in which several mistakes occur, going to prove that historians are not always correct. I do not see how it is possible for me to give you greater credit for your services than is embodied in that report where your name is always prominent; but if you think that full credit has not been done you, which I confess, I regret to learn, you have, of course, a perfect right to make your appeal to the Department; for my own part, I always maintain the conviction that whatever errors may be ma
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 40: (search)
ntil the Sassacus drifted out of range. While the Sassacus was in contact with the Albemarle, it was impossible for the other vessels of the squadron to fire, for fear of injuring their consort; but they subsequently failed to take advantage of the act of the gallant Sassacus, and deliver blows upon the ram while she was at rest and somewhat demoralized from the shock she had received. It was by such concerted action that the Tennessee was forced to surrender to Farragut's vessels in Mobile Bay. The failure of the larger vessels to ram the Albemarle is accounted for by the indiscriminate firing from the smaller ones upon the enemy. These latter vessels answered the signals made by the senior officer, without obeying them. The engagement continued until 7:30 P. M., when darkness supervened. The Commodore Hull and the Ceres were left to keep sight of the ram, and to remain off the mouth of the Roanoke River if she succeeded in entering it, the other vessels coming to anchor i
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 44: battle of Mobile Bay. (search)
rpool. While the forts at the entrance of Mobile Bay remained intact, the Confederates could contre his vessels for an attack on the forts in Mobile Bay, and promised that a land force should be fong this attack was to get the gun-boats into Mobile Bay through Grant's Pass, and to endeavor to dese and frigates) that could pass the bar into Mobile Bay, or that might attempt to enfilade Fort MorgU. S. Squadron, Rear-Admiral D. G. Farragut, Mobile Bay, August 5, 1864. The Tennessee had done Lackawanna in passing the forts and entering Mobile Bay on the 5th instant, I inadvertently omitted utes past 10 in the lower fleet anchorage of Mobile Bay. Enclosed please receive engineer's reporral order, no. 12. U. S. Flag-Ship Hartford, Mobile Bay, August 6, 1864. The Admiral returns thanor. The Navy commanded it and the waters of Mobile Bay, and the army having landed in its rear, shut you had on the morning of that day entered Mobile Bay, passing between Forts Morgan and Gaines, an[13 more...]
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., chapter 48 (search)
els was bad, however, and the Confederate finally escaped with but one man killed and seven wounded--a small loss compared to their great gain. During the whole war there was not a more exciting adventure than this escape of the Florida into Mobile Bay. The gallant manner in which it was conducted excited great admiration, even among the men who were responsible for permitting it. We do not suppose there was ever a case where a man, under all the attending circumstances, displayed more energe notable ones of the war. He lighted the seas wherever he passed along, and committed such havoc among American merchantmen, that, if possible, he was even more dreaded than Semmes. We have only to say, that his being permitted to escape into Mobile Bay, and then to get out again, was the greatest example of blundering committed throughout the war. Every officer who knew Maffitt was certain that he would attempt to get out of Mobile, and we are forced to say that those who permitted his escape
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 53: operations of the West Gulf Squadron in the latter part of 1864, and in 1865.--joint operations in Mobile Bay by Rear-Admiral Thatcher and General Canby. (search)
ations of the West Gulf Squadron in the latter part of 1864, and in 1865.--joint operations in Mobile Bay by Rear-Admiral Thatcher and General Canby. Gallant services of Commodore Palmer blo can be found the reason why Captain Semmes did not approve of them. Joint operations in Mobile Bay by Rear-Admiral Thatcher and General Canby. After the capture of Wilmington, Commodore Jameof Fish River, at a point called Danley's Mills, about seventeen miles above its junction with Mobile Bay. The gun-boats kept shelling the woods from Point Clear to Blakely River bar, while the troopr moved with the gun-boats, convoying 8,000 men of General Granger's force to the west side of Mobile Bay, for the purpose of attacking Mobile. On their anchoring at the objective point, it was found. Naval hospital. Surgeon, J. Jones; Assistant Surgeons, Thomas Hiland and Heber Smith. Mobile Bay. Acting-Master, F. H. Grove; Acting-Master's Mates, C. R. Marple and E. A. Morse; Acting-Th
pendence, and deplored war between the two sections, as a policy detrimental to the civilized world. The revolution, in the mean time, had rapidly gathered, not only in moral power, but in the means of war and muniments of defense. Fort Moultrie and Castle Pinckney had been captured by the South Carolina troops; Fort Pulaski, the defense of the Savannah, had been taken; the Arsenal at Mount Vernon, Alabama, with 20,000 stand of arms, had been seized by the Alabama troops; Fort Morgan, in Mobile Bay, had been taken; Forts Jackson, St. Philip, and Pike, near New Orleans, had been captured by the Louisiana troops; the New Orleans Mint and Custom-House had been taken; the Little Rock Arsenal had been seized by the Arkansas troops [though Arkansas had refused to secede]; and, on the 16th of February, Gen. Twiggs had transferred the public property in Texas to the State authorities. All of these events had been accomplished without bloodshed. Abolitionism and Fanaticism had not yet lappe
le. It is accounted 7 miles long by three-fourths of a mile in width, though its size, as well as its shape, is usually altered by each violent inland-driving storm. It has a good harbor at its western end, with groves of pine and stunted oak at the far east; while fresh water is obtained in plenty by sinking a barrel in the sand. Oysters and fish abound in the encircling waters; while the climate in Winter is soft, sunny, and tropical. New Orleans bears 65 miles W. S. W.; the mouth of Mobile Bay 50 miles E. N. E.; the mouths of the Mississippi from 90 to 110 S. S. W.; while Biloxi, on the Mississippi coast, is but 10 miles due north. Here Gen. Phelps and his brigade, having landed early in December, spent the Winter in very necessary drilling; the General having signalized his advent by issuing Dec. 4. 1861. an elaborate proclamation to the loyal citizens of the Southwest, declaring Slavery incompatible with free institutions and free labor, and its overthrow the end and aim o
Xxix. The War on the ocean — Mobile Bay. The Confederate Navy their torpedoes British-built privateers the Sumter the Alabama the Florida seizure of the Chesapeake the Tallahassee the Olustee the Chickamauga Capt. Collins seizes the Florida in Bahia Harbor Gov. Seward on Rebel belligerency the Georgia fight of the Kenrsarge and Alabama criticisms thereon Farragut before Mobile bombards and passes Fort Morgan the Rebel ram Tennessee fights our fleet is captured Fort — his fall was but a question of time. Yet his prompt submission tallied badly with his censure of Anderson. Before surrendering, he had damaged his guns and other material to the extent of his power. Thus fell the last of the defenses of Mobile bay; sealing that port against blockade-runners thenceforth, and endangering the Rebel hold on the city. With those defenses, we had taken 104 guns and 1,464 men — not without cost certainly; but there were few minor successes of the year which we<
4, by the exacted return of the 16th corps from his department, to serve on either bank of the Mississippi above. His remaining corps — the 13th, Gen. Gordon Granger--participated, as we have seen, in the reduction of the forts at the mouth of Mobile bay. During the year, Gen. Dick Taylor crossed the Mississippi and assumed command of the Confederate forces in Alabama. At length, after the overthrow of Hood, in Tennessee, the 16th was returned to Gen.Canby; who now proceeded, in concert with n. The Rebel ram W. H. Webb, from Red river, freighted with cotton, rosin, &c., came down the Mississippi past New Orleans April 24. so wholly unexpected that she received but two shots in passing — our fleet being still mainly absent in Mobile bay. Being pursued by gunboats from above, she was making all speed toward. the Gulf, till she encountered the corvette Richmond, coming up the river; when her commander, seeing no chance of escape, terminated her brief but not particularly brill
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