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, 1863, one of the five divisions of boats was commanded by Lieut. (now captain) F. J. Higginson. He was ordered to move up to the north-west front of the fort, to make a diversion, the other divisions being held back; but, mistaking the movement, the other boats dashed on, and, as it seemed impossible to stop them, all were ordered to advance. Porter, p. 448. Acting Master's Mate J. E. Jones of the Monticello accompanied Lieut. Wm. B. Cushing in one of his daring expeditions up the Wilmington River, June 23, 1864. In the attack on Fort Fisher under General Terry, Jan. 15, 1865, Lieutenant-Commander Selfridge had charge of one of the three divisions of seamen. Assistant Surgeon Longshaw was killed in this assault. In the naval attack on Mobile Station, March 27, 1865, Lieut.-Com. W. W. Low commanded the Octarora. All these were Massachusetts officers by birth or appointment; but the whole number of such officers who did their duty can be found only in the lists in the second v
Joseph T. Derry , A. M. , Author of School History of the United States; Story of the Confederate War, etc., Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 6, Georgia (ed. Clement Anselm Evans), Chapter 2: (search)
wo major-generals of cavalry appointed for the war with Spain (the other being the famous Confederate, Little Joe Wheeler), took an expedition by boat from Hilton Head about Christmas, 1861, to saw off and pull out these piles on the north of the river, and had nearly cleared a passage when detected. Tattnall then came down to the mouth of the Wright river and drove off the working party. The Federals also sought to use a channel leading up from the south, from Warsaw sound, through Wilmington river and St. Augustine creek to the Savannah just below Fort Jackson. An attack by this route had been foreseen and guarded against by the erection of a battery on a small island opposite Fort Jackson, which in honor of Dr. Cheves, who superintended its construction, was called Fort Cheves, and mounted some long 32-pounders from Norfolk navy yard. Fire rafts were also prepared. One of these, completed about Christmas, was cut loose by a traitor and floated down unlighted to Tybee beach, t
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), Chapter 4: (search)
enormous strength, and its edges projected six feet from the side of the vessel, the projection being filled in and protected with a heavy covering of wood and iron. The Atlanta's bow ended in a ram, over which projected a torpedo spar. She was in every way one of the most powerful vessels which the Confederates had got afloat; and great things were expected of her. Intimations had reached Admiral Dupont that the Atlanta and other ironclads at Savannah were on the point of leaving Wilmington River and entering Wassaw Sound for the purpose of raising the blockade at that place, and in the inlets to the southward. It was to be another raid on the blockades, like that of the 31st of January; but the vessel to be employed was much more powerful. Dupont, however, was careful to be well informed, and the experience of the previous winter had not been lost. The double-ender Cimmerone was at this time maintaining the blockade alone, and two monitors were despatched to Wassaw, the Wee
Daniel Ammen, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 7.2, The Atlantic Coast (ed. Clement Anselm Evans), Chapter 2: the Port Royal expedition. (search)
reconnoissance of Warsaw Sound with the gunboats Ottawa, Seneca, and Pembina. This force left Tybee Roads on December 5th, and approaching the fort on Warsaw Island found it abandoned. It was octagonal in form, with platforms for eight guns on the water faces; the land faces were protected by an abatis. The guns had been removed, the magazine blown up, and the platforms destroyed. Adjoining the work, huts and sheds for a large garrison had not yet been removed. From the mouth of Wilmington River, another work on the river was sighted, bearing north 60° west, distant about three miles; this was surrounded by a large encampment. Five guns, apparently of large calibre, were mounted on the face of the battery toward the river; only one gun was visible on the other face. The Henry Andrew was added to the force, and Commander Rodgers crossed Ossabaw Bar and examined the Great Ogeechee and Vernon Rivers. An earthwork of eight guns, not yet completed, was seen on the eastern end o
Daniel Ammen, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 7.2, The Atlantic Coast (ed. Clement Anselm Evans), Chapter 6: the Monitor class of vessels. (search)
on of sweeping the coast of the weak vessels that for the most part maintained the blockade. The vessel was reputed strong. Timely provision was made to meet her by sending the monitors Weehawken, Captain John Rodgers commanding, and Nahant, Commander John Downes, to Wassaw Sound, from whence she was expected to come out. The admiral had the satisfaction of reporting to the Department on June 17th the capture of the Atlanta on that day. At early dawn she was discovered coming down Wilmington River, accompanied by a propeller and a side-wheel steamer. The Weehawken and Nahant slipped their cables and steamed outward for the northeast end of Wassaw Island; the ram and hers consorts steamed down rapidly, apparently thinking them in retreat. After preparations were completed and broad daylight had come, at 4.30 the Weehawken and Nahant turned and stood up to meet their adversary. At a distance of a mile and a half the Atlanta fired a rifle shell, which passed over the stern of the
Daniel Ammen, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 7.2, The Atlantic Coast (ed. Clement Anselm Evans), Chapter 9: reduction of Newbern—the Albemarle. (search)
the steamers Mount Vernon, Kansas, Howqua, Nansemond, and Britannia. She did no serious damage to any of the vessels, but put a rifled shell of large size through the smoke-stack of the Howqua at an estimated distance of a mile and a half. She never made her appearance again; her consort, the Raleigh, was found, later on, wrecked below Wilmington, from what cause is unknown. In June Lieutenant William B. Cushing had received permission to attempt the destruction of the Raleigh in Wilmington River. He was then in command of the Monticello, aiding in the blockade. He thought it prudent to make a thorough reconnoissance to determine the position of the Raleigh. On the night of the 23d he left his command in a ship's boat, taking with him Ensign Jones, Master's Mate Howarth, and 15 men, crossed the west bar, passed the forts, then the town and batteries of Smithville, and pulled swiftly up the river undiscovered. He was within the river some two days, visited the wreck of the
, 144, 154, 155. Williamson, midshipman, VII., 139. Williamsport, Md., I., 310; II., 60, 340. Williamsport, Va., IV., 76, 82. Willich, A., X., 125. Willis' Hill, Marye's Heights, Va. , II., 87, 98. Williston, S. C., III., 342. Willoughby Run, Pa., II., 238. Wilmington, Del., IV., 328. Wilmington, N. C.: I., 94; III., 20, 335, 342; V., 160, 265; VI., 24, 34, 114, 238, 255, 273, 291, 312, 320. Wilmington Island, Ga., I., 360. Wilmington River, Ga., VI., 171. Wilson, C. C., X., 265. Wilson, D. J., VI., 301. Wilson, F., VIII., 327. Wilson, J. G., X., 23, 201. Wilson, J. H.: III., 196, 322, 324, 330, 344, 346; IV., 24, 34, 50, 128, 136, 138, 139, 153, 217, 241, 244, 256, 258, 262, 270. 273; and staff, 281, 326, 332; VIII., 185, 196; IX., 247, 343; X., 95. Wilson, R. B., IX., 76, 77. Wilson, T.: charge of commissary, VIII., 50. Wilson, W., army scout, VIII., 261. Wilson, Lieut.
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 3. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book I:—the war on the Rapidan. (search)
of the whole Federal fleet assembled in the waters of Savannah River—it was at last determined in the month of June to send the Atlanta to sea. In order to avoid the guns of the fort, it was decided to take her by way of Augustine Channel to Wilmington River, which empties its waters into Warsaw Sound. This is the pass which the Federals had vainly attempted to follow previous to the capture of Fort Pulaski. The Atlanta, rapid in her movements, had been fitted out in view of a long campaign oit was supposed that she would have nothing to fear even from the monitors themselves. Consequently, the Confederate sailors were not in the least alarmed when they heard that DuPont, who was fully informed of the presence of the Atlanta in Wilmington River, had sent the Weehawken and the Nahant to those waters for the purpose of watching her and preventing her from coming out. Being obliged to unload their vessel in order to enable her to get through the Augustine Channel, which was shallow, t
The Daily Dispatch: April 7, 1862., [Electronic resource], [correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.] (search)
day, Major. General Banks took command, and reported back to you. General, I have the honor to be ever ready to serve in so glorious a body of soldiers under your able leading. Your most obedient.Humble servant, R. C. Shrider. A highly colored story. A private letter received in Philadelphia on the 3d inst, dated on board the United States gunboat Seminole, says that the Seminole, Wyandotte, and Norvich under command of Capt. Gillis, senior officer, proceeded up the Wilmington river, and arriving within a mile of the rebel batteries dispersed the rebel cavalry by throwing shell, after which the batteries were shelled. The rebel force then fled ingloriously, having everything behind, even they Steels The batteries were then all destroyed. spared They were afterwards burnt by the rebels. The batteries mounted ten guns, and were well but The squadron returned to Warsaw Inlet. Fort Pulaski had act surrendered at the date of this letter, but it will be co
the St. Louis Republican asserts "that a note has been received by General Seigel from the Confederate Governor of Arkansas, saying that, if they were not driven out of this State in ten days, he would issue an order for the Confederates to lay down their arms and leave the State. An official dispatch to the Navy Department from Commodore Dupont states that the rebels have withdrawn their batteries on Skidaway and Green Islands, near Savannah, thus giving us control of Vernon and Wilmington rivers, which form important approaches to Savannah river. The United States Senate yesterday passed the House resolution — ayes 32, noes 10 --suggested by the President, declaring that the United States ought to co-operate, by giving pecuniary aid, with any State which may adopt the gradual abolition of slavery. The bill for the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia was further discussed, but no vote taken. The House of Representatives yesterday passed the bill to assig
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