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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 10: naval engagement at South-West pass.--the Gulf blockading squadron in November, 1861. (search)
ppointed to blockade the different passes. The river Mississippi divides into several channels before reaching the Gulf of Mexico, and this division takes place at a point simply known as the head of the passes, about fifteen miles above the mouthoffers one of the most curious commentaries on the conduct of the war in this quarter. It had the best harbor in the Gulf of Mexico, belonging to the United States. It had a good navy yard, with the ordinary facilities for fitting out and repairings. This is an important part of the history of the war, and as it had an important bearing on naval matters in the Gulf of Mexico, and exhibited a great want of decision or forgetfulness on the part of those who were charged with the duty of recovof the United States authorizing the former to take any vessel whatever in commission, and proceed immediately to the Gulf of Mexico. This order did not pass through the Navy Department, and was unknown to the Secretary of the Navy, and when signe
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 19: battle of the forts and capture of New Orleans. (search)
his assistance. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, S. Swartwout, Commander. Flag-officer D. G. Farragut, Commanding United States Naval Forces, Western Gulf of Mexico. Commander (now Rear-Admiral) Melancton Smith, of the Mississippi. United States Steamer Mississippi, Mississippi River, April 26, 1862. Sirctfully, your obedient servant, Pierce Crosby, Lieutenant-Commander. Flag-Officer D. G. Farragut, U. S. Navy, Commanding United States Western Gulf Squadron, Gulf of Mexico. Report of Lieutenant-Commander George M. Ransom, United States gun-boat Kineo. United States Gun-Boat Kineo, Mississippi River, above the forts, Ap, the department extends its congratulations. I am, respectfully, &c., Gideon Welles. Commander David D. Porter, Commanding United States Mortar Flotilla, Gulf of Mexico. Coast Survey reports. Treasury Department, May 22, 1862. Sir — At the instance of the Superintendent of the Coast Survey, I have the honor to tr
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., chapter 48 (search)
e France. blockaded. the Alabama escapes U. S. S. San Jacinto. capture of the Parker Cooke, Union and Ariel. incidents on board the Ariel. the Alabama in Gulf of Mexico. Sinks U. S. S. Hatteras. Landing prisoners and refitting at Jamaica. capture of Golden rule, Chastelaine, Palmetto, Olive Jane and Golden Eagle. the sea der cover of the night, and joined her coal-ship at Blanquilla, a little island on the coast of Venezuela. From this point Semmes shaped his course for the Gulf of Mexico, in hopes of overtaking an expedition said to be fitting out under General Banks for the purpose of invading Texas, and, as this expedition was to rendezvous as tlat these bonds were only to be paid in case the South was successful. On the 23d of December the Alabama joined her coal-ship at Arcas Islands, in the Gulf of Mexico, and prepared to waylay the Banks expedition, which was expected to reach Galveston by the 10th of January. Semmes' plan was to approach the harbor of Galves
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 58: conclusion. (search)
bellion; they started with the greatest armada the world ever saw--sixty or seventy ships of the line, and numerous other vessels-of-war, transports (filled with troops), that almost covered the sea; and still they were months making any impression upon the Russian stronghold, which did not in any way compare with Vicksburg. The Federal Government commenced with four small vessels (carrying in all twenty-five guns), the duty of capturing or blockading the South Atlantic coast. In the Gulf of Mexico were eight more ships; in the Mediterranean, three more; seven were on the coast of Africa; two on that of Brazil; three were in the East Indies, and eight in the Pacific-scattered, in fact, all over the world; and these had to be collected to satisfy England and France that a perfect blockade could be established. They naturally ridiculed the attempt, yet in less than a year the blockade was accomplished, so that the most hypercritical sovereign could not object to it, and every foreig