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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 3. (ed. Frank Moore) 79 13 Browse Search
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War. 66 6 Browse Search
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2. 54 2 Browse Search
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2. 49 1 Browse Search
James Russell Soley, Professor U. S. Navy, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 7.1, The blockade and the cruisers (ed. Clement Anselm Evans) 34 2 Browse Search
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing) 33 5 Browse Search
George Meade, The Life and Letters of George Gordon Meade, Major-General United States Army (ed. George Gordon Meade) 23 1 Browse Search
Hon. J. L. M. Curry , LL.D., William Robertson Garrett , A. M. , Ph.D., Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 1.1, Legal Justification of the South in secession, The South as a factor in the territorial expansion of the United States (ed. Clement Anselm Evans) 23 1 Browse Search
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The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure), The capture of Mason and Slidell. (search)
d her prisoners in Boston, the daring action of Captain Wilkes became the prevailing topic of the day, and supave never seen, even in the official reports of Captain Wilkes and his officers, an account that does justice t to Lord Palmerston, the Premier, he says that Captain Wilkes sent an order (which he did not) to him to brinm interference from the United States. All but Captain Wilkes accepted this view of the case, and he retainedcided, there was no doubt of our mission. Then Captain Wilkes called Lieutenant Fairfax into the cabin, and g, very respectfully, your obedient servant, Charles Wilkes, Captain. Lieutenant D. M. Fairfax, U. S. N., Etenant Fairfax received their instructions, and Captain Wilkes walked forward to the mainmast, and gave the orer course. Put a shell in that gun, called out Captain Wilkes, and let it go across her bows, so she may not ter reading handed it to me. I presented it to Captain Wilkes, but after a consultation we agreed that as the
and John Slidell, having been accredited by the Confederate government as envoys to European courts, had managed to elude the blockade and reach Havana. Captain Charles Wilkes, commanding the San Jacinto, learning that they were to take passage for England on the British mail steamer Trent, intercepted that vessel on November 8 ot complied with within a single week, to close his legation and return to England. In the Northern States the capture was greeted with great jubilation. Captain Wilkes was applauded by the press; his act was officially approved by the Secretary of the Navy, and the House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution thaopt this procedure. Upon full discussion, it was decided that war with Great Britain must be avoided, and Mr. Seward wrote a despatch defending the course of Captain Wilkes up to the point where he permitted the Trent to proceed on her voyage. It was his further duty to have brought her before a prize court. Failing in this, he
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., McClellan organizing the grand Army. (search)
ington of the incident afterward known as the Trent affair [see p. 134]. . . . The capture of the Confederate Commissioners on the high seas under a neutral flag, in flagrant violation of the law of nations,--a violation brutal in its method and useless in its results, most dangerous in its consequences,--was hailed by public opinion as a splendid victory for the Stars and Stripes. . . . Two men at Washington comprehended from the first the danger to their country of the inconsiderate act of Wilkes: these were Seward and McClellan. The former, burdened with an immense responsibility, patriotically dissimulated his opinion with extraordinary finesse; he permitted the excitement to spend itself, and, thanks to the slowness of communication with England, gained time enough Seward's letter consenting to the return of the Commissioners bears date of Dee. 2 6, 18 61.--Editors. to extricate his Government at the critical juncture, by enveloping the decision he had succeeded in extorting f
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., Captain Wilkes's seizure of Mason and Slidell. (search)
particularly of England and France. When Captain Wilkes first took me into his confidence, and tolaimed the right to board the mail-packet. Captain Wilkes fully expected that I would tender my serv very respectfully, your obedient servant, Charles Wilkes, Captain. To Lieutenant D. M. Fairfax, U. Jacinto, I replied, Your old acquaintance, Captain Wilkes ; whereupon she expressed surprise that hest uproar had subsided, I sent the boat to Captain Wilkes to say that these gentlemen were all on bory stores, which the paymaster's clerk, at Captain Wilkes's order, had already purchased from the stescorted each commissioner to the Rear-Admiral Charles Wilkes. From a photograph. side, and assit on board the San Jacinto and reported to Captain Wilkes that I had not taken the Trent as a prize,character; for everything had been done by Captain Wilkes and his officers to make them feel at homeannot close this narrative without saying that Wilkes was one of our very best officers, a man of st[17 more...]
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., Closing operations in the James River. (search)
Closing operations in the James River. by Professor James Russell Soley, U. S. N. On the 31st of August, 1862, the James River flotilla, under Captain Charles Wilkes, was disbanded, the withdrawal of McClellan from the Peninsula having rendered its further continuance unnecessary. For a long time thereafter the greater part of the river was left in the undisturbed possession of the Confederates, who took the opportunity to fit out a squadron of considerable strength. The nucleus of this squadron was found in the gun-boats which had assisted the Merrimac in Hampton Roads, viz., the Patrick Henry, Beaufort, Raleigh, and Teazer. The Jamestown, which had also been in Tattnall's squadron, was sunk as an obstruction at Drewry's Bluff. Three other gun-boats, the Hampton and Nansemond, which had been built at Norfolk, and the Drewry, were added to the enemy's flotilla in the James. [See map, p. 494.] Little of importance happened on the river in 1863. In the adjoining waters of Ch
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 16: Secession of Virginia and North Carolina declared.--seizure of Harper's Ferry and Gosport Navy Yard.--the first troops in Washington for its defense. (search)
and Cumberland, and the very small land force at his command, he could not defend the Navy Yard; so, using the discretionary power with which he was clothed, he at once prepared to burn the slowly sinking ships, destroy the cannon, and commit to the flames all the buildings and public property in the Navy Yard, leaving the insurgents nothing worth contending for. One hundred men were sent, under Lieutenant J. H. Russell, with sledge-hammers, to knock off the trunnions of the cannon; Captain Charles Wilkes was intrusted with the destruction of the Dry-dock; Commanders Allen and Sands were charged with the firing of the ship-houses, barracks, and other buildings; and Lieutenant Henry A. Wise was directed to lay trains upon the ships and to fire them at a given signal. The trunnions of the Dahlgren guns resisted the hammers, but those of a large number of the old pattern guns were destroyed. Many of the remainder were spiked, but so indifferently that they were soon repaired. Commande
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 21: beginning of the War in Southeastern Virginia. (search)
Smith wrote the name. A writer in the Historical Magazine (iii. 347) says, that on earlier maps of Virginia, which he has seen, he finds the point called Newport Neuse, which, he argues, is only another way of spelling Newce, and that the name given is a compound of the name of the celebrated navigator and the Virginia marshal, namely, Newport-Newce. This compounding of words in naming places was then common in England, and became so in this country, as Randolph-Macon, Hampton-Sidney, and Wilkes-Barre. In Captain Smith's map of Virginia, the place is called Point Hope. That map was made after the alleged discovery of Newport with his-supplies. Believing that the name was originally a compound of those of Captain Newport and Marshal Newce, the author of this work adopts the orthography given in the text-Newport — Newce. They found the white inhabitants in sullen mood, but the negroes were jubilant, for they regarded the troops as their expected deliverers. Colonel Phelps did not
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 6: the Army of the Potomac.--the Trent affair.--capture of Roanoke Island. (search)
ilkes, 154. Mason and Slidell in Fort Warren Wilkes's act applauded by all loyal men, 155. approvn the act. Public honors were tendered to Commander Wilkes, The crew of the San Jacinto presentederward, the Secretary as emphatically approved Wilkes's course, and at the same time remarked that hlinois, tendered the thanks of Congress to Captain Wilkes, for his arrest of the traitors Slidell an the courteous and accomplished gentleman, Captain Wilkes, the London Times, the accredited exponent and complained only of the informality of Captain Wilkes, in taking the Ambassadors out of the Treno the facts of the capture, declaring that Captain Wilkes was not acting under instructions from hisspatches contraband of war? Second, might Captain Wilkes lawfully stop and search the Trent for theritish authority, excepting the failure of Captain Wilkes to exercise the right of capture in the malready assumed by the House) of the act of Captain Wilkes, in spite of any menace or demand of the B[15 more...]
letter of in relation to the Virginia ordinance of secession, 1.384; sent as ambassador to Great Britain, 2.153. Mason and Slidell, taken from the Trent, by Capt. Wilkes, 2.154; consigned to Fort Warren, 2.155; release of demanded, 2.160; surrender of, 2.164. Massachusetts, loyal attitude of, 1.202; response of to the Presid94. Travelers' Repose, tavern, battle near, 2.100. Tredegar Iron Works, heavy ordnance made at, 2.35. Trent, steamer, Mason and Slidell taken from by Captain Wilkes, 2.154; details in relation to the affair of the, 2.155-2.166. Troops, President Lincoln's first call for, 1.386. Tullahoma, flight of Bragg from, 3.123 Wilcox, Richard, a loyal spy at Pensacola, 1.367. Wilderness, battle of the, 3.298-3.303; visit of the author to the battle-field of the, 3.811. Wilkes, Captain, Charles, his seizure of Mason and Slidell on the Trent, 2.154; his action approved by the Secretary of the Navy and by Congress, 2.156; President Lincoln's opini
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 7: the Trent affair. (search)
s, by Captain Charles Wilkes, of the Captain Charles Wilkes. United States frigate San Jacinto, ane very much outraged by the proceedings of Captain Wilkes in taking them out of the Trent, though heizure of their persons, and laid it before Captain Wilkes, not with the expectation that it would ha doubt would have been very humiliating to Captain Wilkes, but that was not to be considered. A niable to arrest; but to prove him to be so Captain Wilkes should have taken the Trent into a FederalGideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy. Captain Charles Wilkes, Commanding U. S. S. San Jacinto, Bostited States be requested to present to Captain Charles Wilkes a gold medal with suitable emblems andation to make in relation to the action of Captain Wilkes. This was not generous conduct in a greatches contraband of war? Second--Might Captain Wilkes lawfully stop and search the Trent for theorrect, he does not refer to the fact that Captain Wilkes constituted himself a Court of Admiralty u[23 more...]
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