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effectively without a good corps of surveyors. I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant, David D. Porter, Acting Rear-Admiral Com'g Miss. Squadron. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, Washington. Headquarters lefton the left I am under many obligations. Very respectfully your obedient servant, F. J. Herron, Major-General. Admiral D. D. Porter, Commanding Mississippi Squadron. Headquarters left division investing forces, Vicksburgh, July 5, 1863. Captaed during the day. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, Thos. J. Selfridge, Lieutenant Commander. Acting Rear-Admiral David D. Porter, Commanding Mississippi Squadron. Headquarters Expeditionary army, Black River, July 4, 1863. Admiral D. Admiral D. D. Porter, Commanding Fleet. dear Admiral: No event in my life could have given me more personal pride or pleasure than to have met you to-day on the wharf at Vicksburgh — a Fourth of July so eloquent in events as to need no words or stimulants to
Doc. 102.-expedition up Red River. Report of Admiral Porter. United States Mississippi Squadron. Flag-ship Black Hawk, off Vicksburgh, July 18, 1863. sir: I have the honor to inform you that the expedition I sent into the Red River region proved very successful. Ascending the Black and Tensas Rivers, (running parallel with the Mississippi,) Lieutenant Commanding Selfridge made the head of navigation — Tensas Lake and Bayou Macon, thirty miles above Vicksburgh, and within five or scavalry and captured the whole. Thus Walker's army is left almost without ammunition. The officers and men have shown great energy on this expedition, and have met with no mishaps. They procured a good deal of information by which future movements will be regulated. The people in the whole of that section are very hostile to the Government — rank rebels. I have the honor to be, etc., David D. Porter, R. A. Commanding Mississippi Squadron. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy
ore underneath, was burned. After the second move, the Eldridge House party, which numbered about sixty, were safely, as they supposed, located in the Whitney House. Quantrell had chosen this place for his headquarters, and swore he would shoot any of his men who attempted to molest any of them. Many people, knowing this, slipped in and were saved. One brute came in upon his horse while the party were going from one place to the other, and was told by one of Quantrell's head men, named Porter, that he would kill him if he did not dry up. Every thing went on very well while Quantrell was there; he promised that he would be the last man to leave the town, and none of his men should return. He took a lunch, and finally ordered the command to move out of the city, which they did. After mounting his horse, he lifted his hat to the ladies, and bowing politely, said: Ladies, I now bid you good morning. I hope when we meet again, it will be under more favorable circumstances. Putting
ed the active command of the troops investing the stronghold, and these were adequately reenforced. The naval squadron on the Mississippi, under command of Rear-Admiral Porter, was also steadily increased until more than one hundred armed vessels were employed upon the river, including many iron-clad gunboats of great power. Parte military topography of the banks of the Mississippi. All these attempts having failed from physical obstacles found to be insurmountable, General Grant and Admiral Porter at last put afloat armed steamers and steamtransports, which ran through the fires of the long line of shore batteries which the insurgents had crected at Vic were established near the mouth of the Yazoo River, and which constituted an important part of the defensive system of Vicksburgh, were taken and raised by Rear-Admiral Porter, who thereupon sent a detachment of his fleet up that important tributary of the Mississippi, and effectually destroyed the numerous vessels and stores whic
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., Early operations in the Gulf. (search)
8-pounder rifle shell in the Massachusetts, but without doing serious damage. The engagement was indecisive. In December a detachment of 2500 troops under Brigadier-General John W. Phelps was posted on the island, which had up to this time been held by the navy. According to Secretary Welles (in The Galaxy for Nov., 1871), the Navy Department first conceived the idea of an attack on New Orleans in September, 1861, and the plan took definite shape about the middle of November, Commander D. D. Porter undoubtedly had the scheme in mind as early as June, 1861, when he was off the Passes in the Powhatan.--J. R. S. from which time the department was busily engaged in preparation for the expedition. As a part of the plan, it was decided to divide the Gulf Squadron into two commands, and when, on the 23d of December, Farragut received his preparatory orders, they directed him to hold himself in readiness to take command of the West Gulf Squadron and the expedition to New Orleans. Far
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., The opening of the lower Mississippi. (search)
The opening of the lower Mississippi. David D. Porter, Admiral, U. S. N. Farragut's flag-ship the Hartford. The meamers enough to manage them, all under command of Commander D. D. Porter, who will be directed to report to you. As fast as forts Jackson and St. Philip, April 28th, 1862.--Commodore David D. Porter, United States Navy, Commanding Mortar Fleet.--Sint, Edward Higgins, Lieutenant-Colonel Commanding. Admiral Porter says in a recent note [November, 1887] that he never r been of much use to us in our future operations. Commander Porter receiving Confederate officers on the Harriet Lane. he had accepted the terms of capitulation offered by Commander Porter and before rejected. As the Louisiana was not included in the surrender, and Commander Porter's fleet was coming up under a flag of truce, in answer to a flag of truce from the and I was dispatched by Commander Mitchell to notify Commander Porter that although we had done what we could to drown the
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., The Brooklyn at the passage of the forts. (search)
st, on April 16th, Farragut steamed up with the fleet and anchored just below the point where Porter's mortar Admiral David D. Porter, in command of the mortar-fleet at forts Jackson and St. Philip. From a photograph. vessels, or, as the sailors used to call them, the bummers, had taken their position and had made ready to open fire upon the forts. Admiral Porter has described in this work the part taken by these vessels in the opening of the lower Mississippi. I can vouch for the accuracne by a fall from the mast-head on board the Katahdin.-J. R. B. On the 23d, after five days of continual firing, Commander Porter informed the flag-officer that his men were worn out from want of sleep and rest, and that his ammunition was nearlygate Mississippi when she made a visit to the Southwest Pass, and having been sent to the Powhatan, commanded by Lieutenant D. D. Porter, near by, I walked up and down the quarter-deck with the commanding officer. He was very much exasperated that
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., Farragut's capture of New Orleans. (search)
ime permitted, could be adopted. Fort St. Philip can be taken with three thousand men covered by the ships; the ditch can be filled with fascines, and the walls can be easily scaled with ladders. It can be easily attacked in front and rear.--D. D. Porter. Farragut stood facing his destiny, imperishable fame or failure. He was determined to run by the forts with his ships. It was plain to him that nothing more would be accomplished by the mortars. He would not cumber his fleet during the tantalized them with rifle-shot, but they never fired a gun. I hope you will open your way down, no matter what it costs. I am sending some of the schooners down to blockade back of Fort Jackson to prevent their escaping by way of Barataria. D. D. Porter. Porter overlooks the difference between his hopes and his predictions, as shown by his communication to the conference of officers, which he says are realized in this letter, and Farragut's achievement. He had opposed the plan of attack
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., The opposing forces in the operations at New Orleans, La. (search)
is, Commander John De Camp. Screw gun-boats: Cayuga, Lieutenant N. B. Harrison; Itasca, Lieutenant C. H. B. Caldwell; Katahdin, Lieutenant George H. Preble; Kennebec, Lieutenant John H. Russell; Kineo, Lieutenant George M. Ransom; Pinola, Lieutenant Pierce Crosby; Sciota, Lieutenant Edward Donaldson; Winona, Lieutenant Edward T. Nichols; Wissahickon, Lieutenant A. N. Smith. Sailing sloop (stationed with mortar division): Portsmouth, Commander Samuel Swartwout. mortar division: Commander David D. Porter. Flag-ship : Harriet Lane, Lieutenant J . M. Wainwright. Gun-boat: Owasco, Lieutenant John Guest. Side-wheel steamers (ferry-boats): Clifton, Lieutenant C. H. Baldwin; John P. Jackson, Lieutenant Selim E. Woodworth; Westfield, Commander W. B. Renshaw. Side-wheel steamer (double-ender): Miami, Lieutenant A. D. Harrell. First division of schooners, Lieutenant Watson Smith, commanding: Norfolk Packet, Lieutenant Watson Smith; Oliver H. Lee, Acting Master Washington Godfrey; Para,
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., Fighting Farragut below New Orleans. (search)
acked at any moment I descended the ladder to near the water, where I distinctly heard the paddles of a steamer (the ]Mississippi). I saw nothing on reaching the deck, but instantly fired the after gun, the one forward being fired by the sentry there; at the same moment the water-batteries of Fort Jackson and Fort St. Philip let drive, followed in an instant by a general discharge from all the available guns in the forts, and both batteries of the advancing fleet, mounting 192 guns, and Commander Porter's squadron of 7 vessels, mounting 53 guns, which attacked Fort Jackson's flank below the obstructions. There was also a splendid practice from 19 Federal mortars, which fired their 13-inch shells at intervals (between the vessels) of 10 seconds. The bursting of every description of shells quickly following their discharge, increased a hundred-fold the terrific noise and fearfully grand and magnificent pyrotechnic display which centered in a space of about 1200 yards in width. The b
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