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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)
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 and Pensacola, the Confederates would have found it a difficult matter to arm
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 6: naval expedition against Port Royal and capture of that place. (search)
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 capture of the ports at Hatte
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 21: capture of New Orleans.--first attack on Vicksburg by Farragut's fleet and mortar flotilla.--junction of flag-officers Farragut and Davis above Vicksburg.--ram Arkansas. (search)
osby, Woodworth and Lowry. Commodore W. D. Porter's report of engagement at Port Hudson. report of Commander Riley. When Farragut passed the Chalmette batteriesith account of engagement of the Anglo-American, on the 28th of August, at Port Hudson, La. United States Gun-Boat Essex, off New Orleans, Sept. 9, 1862. Sirproceeded up the river to reconnoitre reported batteries in progress at Port Hudson, Louisiana, and also coal my vessel at Bayou Sara, the only place I could obtain aeans for coal, and I again dropped down the river and awaited her return off Port Hudson. I could discover no guns at this place, but earthworks were in progress, ahe 29th. and reported three batteries as having opened on her whilst passing Port Hudson. She received seventy-three shots in her en passant. I had received informa Thursday, the 28th instant. Nothing of importance occurred until I reached Port Hudson. I noticed earthworks had been thrown up on the bluffs as well as the water
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 23: destruction of the ram Arkansas.--capture of Galveston.--capture of the Harriet Lane.--sinking of the Hatteras.--attack on Baton Rouge.--Miscellaneous engagements of the gun-boats. (search)
d by officers and crew of the Hatteras attempt to pass Port Hudson by Farragut's Squadron and loss of the frigate Mississipth guns, making, besides Vicksburg, another Gibraltar at Port Hudson, which caused much trouble to the Union commanders beforreturned to Baton Rouge. The building of the forts at Port Hudson had so far emboldened the Confederates that they refitte at New Orleans were afterwards employed at the siege of Port Hudson with good effect. On October 6th, Commander Renshaw ral Banks that the former should move with his fleet past Port Hudson, which was at that time well fortified with nineteen heaAlbatross alongside, reached the mouth of Red River, and Port Hudson was as completely cut off from supplies as if fifty gunb that the object aimed at had been gained — the works at Port Hudson were cut off from supplies and the fate of the garrison y 2d, 1863, when he returned overland to his fleet below Port Hudson. The effect of the return of Farragut's squadron from
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 26: siege of Vicksburg. (search)
time, and the latter had to depend upon his own resources. Vicksburg and Port Hudson were both receiving large supplies via the Red River, and the first step nec establish a blockade. This, it was thought, would hasten the evacuation of Port Hudson, and thus leave Banks at liberty to ascend the Mississippi in steamers. Oapture, and to blockade the river so closely that no provisions could get to Port Hudson or Vicksburg. Almost immediately on his arrival he captured and burned three large steamers loaded with army stores for Port Hudson. Five army officers were also captured. Ellet then proceeded ten miles up the Red River where the enemy wnd did good execution. He captured two steamers loaded with army stores for Port Hudson, and destroyed a wagon train returning from Shreveport: then the Queen of theen cut off, and the capture of so many steamers loaded with army stores for Port Hudson had sealed the fate of that place; they could not hold out, and Bank's Army
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 27: expedition through Steele's Bayou and Deer Creek. (search)
war from passing up and down the Mississippi itself. While the Confederates were considering these matters, Admiral Farragut arrived in the Hartford, just below Warrenton, in pursuit of coal and provisions. This was after his passage of the Port Hudson batteries. From him Grant obtained information of affairs at the latter place, and the little probability there was of General Banks making the Confederates evacuate it. On hearing this, General Grant thought of sending an army corps to co-operate with Banks, get possession of the works at Port Hudson, and then bring all Banks' forces to operate against Vicksburg. But this idea did not exist long, the general coming to this opinion through the fact that the water had overflowed everything about the upper part of Vicksburg, and dry land could only be found on the heights. There was no foot-hold for an army, and Grant thought a better chance of turning Vicksburg might be found below, between Warrenton and Grand Gulf. Having c
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 28: passage of the fleet by Vicksburg and capture of Grand Gulf.--capture of Alexandria, etc. (search)
n three hours, the upper battery silenced with the exception of one gun. The Lafayette laid opposite this battery and kept the people from working until dark, when it was partially repaired. The defences were all earthworks. In addition to the above, four or five small field-pieces were used by the rebels and shifted about from place to place. Admiral Farragut was still at the mouth of Red River in the flag-ship Hartford, where he had remained ever since he had made the passage by Port Hudson, and Admiral Porter having left Lieutenant-Commander Owen in charge at Grand Gulf with the Louisville and Tuscumbia, proceeded down the river to meet Farragut and relieve him of the command of that part of the river. On the 3d of May, 1863, Admiral Porter reached the mouth of Red River and after conferring with Admiral Farragut, proceeded up that stream with the Benton. Lafayette, Pittsburg, General Price, tug Ivy and ram Switzerland. Meeting two of Admiral Farragut's vessels, the Ari
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 29: siege of Vicksburg--continued. (search)
Vicksburg. Two iron-clads were left at the mouth of the Red River, blocking it up closely, which sealed the fate of Port Hudson. No more supplies would get to the Confederates from that quarter. One iron-clad was left at Carthage, three at Wahe Army and Navy started out to capture Vicksburg the Mississippi was closed against the Federal forces from Helena to Port Hudson. This latter place fell shortly after the surrender of Vicksburg and the river was thus open to the sea. There wasver accord to me the exhibition of a pure and unselfish zeal in the service of our country. It does seem to me that Port Hudson, without facilities for supplies or interior communication, must soon follow the fate of Vicksburg and leave the riverdoubly unassailable from their immense height above the bed of the river. The fall of Vicksburg insured the fall of Port Hudson and the opening of the Mississippi River, which, I am happy to say, can be traversed from its source to its mouth, wit
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 31: operations of Farragut's vessels on the coast of Texas, etc. (search)
ant-Commander Hart. Farragut arrives below Port Hudson, and commences active operations against thans on hearing of the fall of Vicksburg and Port Hudson. General remarks. While Flag-officer Faand; and it was not until after the fall of Port Hudson, when the navigation of the river was once o ways dimmed. After Farragut had passed Port Hudson with the Hartford and Arizona, he was quiter consorts. Farragut might have run past Port Hudson with his vessels in the night without firinay up the Mississippi, after the passage of Port Hudson, Commodore Morris was left in charge at New trials, especially as it was expected that Port Hudson would soon be evacuated by the enemy. So Chis raid was no doubt to raise the siege of Port Hudson, or draw off enough of General Banks' trooptilla had been for three months in front of Port Hudson bombarding that place. and the vessels, wie seceders would believe that Vicksburg and Port Hudson had surrendered, for they were so infatuate[13 more...]
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 38: review of the work done by the Navy in the year 1863. (search)
y and Navy combined. The Vicksburg miscarriage enabled the enemy to fortify Port Hudson and Grand Gulf, which thus became two formidable barriers against the advanc down to blockade the mouth of the Red River, and thus cut off supplies from Port Hudson and Vicksburg; but, owing to casualties in the vessels sent on this duty, th the desired result. Rear-Admiral Farragut then attempted to push up past Port Hudson with his squadron, and met with serious loss. However, with the Hartford an Red River, and established so stringent a blockade that the Confederates in Port Hudson and Vicksburg could no longer obtain supplies from that quarter. Farragut was engaged a part of the season with his ships below Port Hudson in bombarding that place. In these operations the Mortar vessels bore a conspicuous part, until PPort Hudson fell, with Vicksburg, on the 4th of July, 1863, and the Mississippi was once more opened to the sea. The blockade of the Southern coast,within the limi
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