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disabled her, killing and wounding some thirty-two men, Capt. Porter among the wounded. I remain your obedient servant, U Feb. 6. The gunboats under my command, the Essex, Commander Porter; the Carondelet, Commander Walke; the Cincinnati, Comnnati, Commander Stembel, (the flag-ship;) the Essex, Commander Porter; the Carondelet, Commander Walke; and the St. Louis, d scalding of twenty-nine officers and men, including Commander Porter, as will be seen in the enclosed list of casualties. ote, Commanding Naval Forces Western Waters: sir: As Capt. Porter is unable to write, he has advised me to send you a lisWhen on board the Essex, a few weeks ago, I remarked to Capt. Porter that a shot entering one of the ports might be attendedst fearful shot immediately over the forward port-gun. Capt. Porter, at the moment was peering out the port-hole, watching throw themselves out of the port-holes into the river. Capt. Porter was badly scalded on the face and hands. At this writi
g Department of the Gulf, New-Orleans, La. Commander Porter's report. U. S. Gunboat Essex, off Baton to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant, W. D. Porter, Commanding Division of Flotilla in Western Wate over the town of Baton Rouge. This morning Commander Porter, in the Essex, accompanied by the Cayuga and Sennessee up to Baton Rouge with provisions for Commodore Porter and the gunboats stationed at that place. On ransports. On my arrival I was informed by Commodore W. D. Porter that yesterday morning at two o'clock, the y shell. As soon as the enemy was repulsed, Commodore Porter with the gunboats went up-stream after the ramng, however, to fire her guns at the Essex. Commodore Porter says he took advantage of her, presenting a wend the destruction of the mail-clad Arkansas by Captain Porter of the Navy — is made sorrowful by the fall of into any vessel attempting to pass in front of her. Porter, of the Essex, with a seaman's instinct, saw this p
x mortar-boats and four gunboats on the west side of Burney's Point. The mortar vessels of Commodore Porter and the remainder of. Flag-Officer Farragut's fleet remain below Vicksburgh. Captain Davis arrived from Memphis on the first of July. To protect Commodore Porter's mortar fleet, lying close along the east bank of the river, within range of the batteries of Vicksburgh, but concealed fromr guns to reach the rebel batteries located on the bluffs. Accordingly the mortar fleet of Commodore Porter, which was then lying at Pensacola, was sent for, and after the lapse of a month all the vem, fell back again, and now lies below the city in company with the Kennebec, Katahdin, and Commodore Porter's mortar-fleet. We used six-second shrapnel during the entire fight, and must have killewned. Total — Killed, fifteen; wounded, thirty. Returns have not yet been received from Capt. Porter's mortar flotilla, and that portion of the fleet below Vicksburgh. I am, very respectfully
Doc. 144.-operations before Vicksburgh, Miss. Commodore Porter's report. United States steamer Octarora, off Vicksburgh, Tuesday, July 1, 1862. sir: You no doubt wondered what our firing has been about. The enemy are trying to erect defences to sweep the river and drive off the mortars. We drive them away as often as they attempt to work. We have dismounted one gun on the water-battery, which they cannot mount again, for our fire, which is very accurate. We have dismounted anther things, the boots of a general officer, with silver spurs. They were taken by surprise, when they expected to catch us napping. With a hundred men on shore, we would have taken many of them. The prisoners inform us that at one time the whole party got stuck in the mud, and were perfectly helpless. The rebel troops were told they were going to attack land forces, and were very indignant at the officers for leading them into such a scrape. W. D. Porter. To Flag-Officer Farragut.
Doc. 152.-the Essex and Arkansas. Report of Commander Porter. United States gunboat Essex, off Baton Rouge, August 1, 1862. To the Honorable Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy: sir: Permit me to draw your attention to some facts relating to this ship running the blockade at Vicksburgh. These facts will relate priiven me to make a second attempt to destroy the Arkansas, as I believe it can be done, and I am ready and can do it. Very respectfully, your obed't servant, W. D. Porter, Commanding Division of the Fleet in the Western Waters. Commander Walke's report. gunboat Carondelet, July 15, 1862. sir: In obedience to your ordeady for action at a moment's notice. The ram could be seen moving about in front of the city yesterday, but she has not attempted to run the gauntlet again. Capt. Porter, of the Essex, says he can take the ram, and Flag-Officer Farragut says he may do so, but I don't know whether it will be tried or not. Owing to the darkness a
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 5. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 153.-the fight near Memphis, Mo. (search)
and a detachment of Major Rogers's battalion, Eleventh Missouri State militia, about one hundred strong, attacked and, after a very severe fight, entirely routed Porter and Dunn's combined bands of guerrillas, six hundred strong. At last accounts Major Clopper was still in swift march upon the forces of Porter, which had fled soPorter, which had fled south, crossed the railroad and posted themselves for another fight in the vicinity of Florida, where they were doubtless attacked this morning by our forces, which crossed the road in pursuit of Porter yesterday. The fight took place near Memphis, Mo., and was brought on by a small advanced guard being fired upon by the enemy, wPorter yesterday. The fight took place near Memphis, Mo., and was brought on by a small advanced guard being fired upon by the enemy, who were concealed in heavy brush and timber across the road, where they had halted and chosen the ground for their fight. They were immediately attacked by Major Clopper, and after a desperate conflict were completely driven from the field, leaving a large number of their dead and wounded on the ground. The severity of the fig
Doc. 163.-the battle near Fulton, Mo. Fulton telegraph narrative. Fulton, Mo., July 29, 1862. on Sunday, July twenty-seventh, Col. Guitar, with parts of three companies, arrived in this city about five A. M., and after arranging matters here, started to Col. Porter's command, supposed to be at Brown's Spring, about ten miles north of this city. He left here with two hundred men and two pieces of artillery, about eleven A. M., and arrived in the vicinity of the rebel camp about half-past 2 P. M. ; and as there was a thick underbrush, Col. Guitar had the cannon placed in position some four hundred yards from their camp, dismounted his cavalry and deployed them, advancing in force towards the spring, where the enemy was encamped. After some half-hour of cautious advancing, it was found that the enemy had decamped, from all appearances only about ten minutes before our men reached it, leaving on the ground quite a lot of provisions. Colonel Guitar camped on the ground t
ptain Wesley Lair, numbering exactly seventy-five men, were attacked by one thousand two hundred guerrillas, led on by Col. Porter in person. The rebels charged into the town in four columns, four deep, yelling like Apaches, and expecting, probablyThe fire was gallantly returned, and in this way the unequal combat lasted an hour and a half. About half-past 7 o'clock Porter withdrew his forces and sent in a flag of truce, demanding an unconditional surrender. Captain Lair refused to accede to such terms, and invited Porter to a personal conference. Porter and Capt. Lair then agreed that the garrison should be treated as prisoners of war and paroled, with the privilege of retaining their private property. It was further stipulated that Porter and Capt. Lair then agreed that the garrison should be treated as prisoners of war and paroled, with the privilege of retaining their private property. It was further stipulated that they should not be insulted in any manner whatever. The terms of the surrender were generally carried out, and our men laid down their arms. While these preliminaries were going on, the rebels were preparing wagon-loads of hay to set fire to the ch
rts Pilot Boy, Ocean Queen, Massasoit, Wilson, and Union--carrying a portion of the troops — proceeded through Core Sound to Beaufort, where they were joined by the others, who had come down by rail. Thursday was passed in providing the vessels with coal and water, and on Friday the expedition proceeded on its route. The Union, together with the Wilson and the launches of the marine artillery, went by way of Bogue Sound, while the other transports, accompanied by the gunboat Ellis, Lieutenant Porter, pushed out past Fort Macon into the ocean, and followed the coast to Bogue Inlet. The wind, which was light at daybreak, blew hard by afternoon, and it was with some difficulty that the vessels passed through the narrow, winding inlet, among the breakers. Within was still water, and a broad creek with meadow-lands on either side. The boats anchored at its mouth, and waited for the arrival of the Union and the Wilson. Swansboro was seen in the distance, and very soon after their
the humane purpose of relieving the men of their weight and incumbrance during the hot and weary march. On the same day General McClellan and Colonel Ingalls left Harrison's Landing for the nearest telegraph station, and communicated with the War Department as to future movements, returning the following day. On Thursday the army commenced evacuating in earnest. All the siege-guns were removed from the front, and safely embarked on Thursday and yesterday on board barges and schooners. Porter's corps led the van of the overland portion of the army on Thursday night. On Friday morning every tent was struck, and then, for the first time, was it generally known that the whole army was about evacuating Harrison's Landing. On Thursday night fifty sail of vessels left the different wharves, loaded with stores, and yesterday the remainder of the stores were placed on boats and steamers by the contrabands. All the cavalry that remained before the final departure of the land forces acte
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