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iderable firing ensued, but it was at sufficiently long range to be, as far as we know, altogether harmless: the rebels retiring as our gunboats advanced, as if for the purpose of enticing them within the range of their batteries on Bay Point. With this exception nothing occurred to enliven the interval of delay, during which, however, much work was quietly done in surveying and sounding the channel, collecting accessories to our naval force from the blockading squadrons off Charleston, Fernandina, and Savannah, arranging the preliminaries for an attack on the batteries from the water, and the subsequent, or possibly contemporaneous, disembarkment of the troops for the purpose of holding what the navy had acquired, or to aid in extirpating the enemy should he prove more than a match for the navy. The impatience of the military was beginning to display itself, when a grand council of war was held on the Wabash, (the fla-ship of Corn. Dupont,) at which Generals Sherman, Viele, Ste
e at Manchac pass The question must have arisen in the mind of the reader, in poring over the administration of these many civil affairs: Were military operations delayed while these things were being done? By no means. Farragut and myself were ordered to do two things, if we could; first, to open the Mississippi River; second, to capture Mobile. Now, the capture of Mobile was of no earthly military consequence to anybody. It was like the attempted capture of Savannah, Port Royal, Fernandina, Brunswick, and Charleston, in which places the lives of so many good men were sacrificed. These places could all have been held by a few vessels under the command of vigilant, energetic, and ambitious young naval officers. The absolute inability of the Confederacy to have a navy or any force on the sea, ought to have suggested to us a militia navy for coast protection and defence. Then there could have been an early concentration of our troops into large armies for the purpose of ins
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 2, chapter 23 (search)
ld orders, no. 15.] headquarters military division of the Mississippi, in the field, Savannah, Georgia, January 16, 1865. 1. The islands from Charleston south, the abandoned rice-fields along the rivers for thirty miles back from the sea, and the country bordering the St. John's River, Florida, are reserved and set apart for the settlement of the negroes now made free by the acts of war and the proclamation of the President of the United States. 2. At Beaufort, Hilton Head, Savannah, Fernandina, St. Augustine, and Jacksonville, the blacks may remain in their chosen or accustomed vocations; but on the islands, and in the settlements hereafter to be established, no white person whatever, unless military officers and soldiers detailed for duty, will be permitted to reside; and the sole and exclusive management of affairs will be left to the freed people themselves, subject only to the United States military authority, and the acts of Congress. By the laws of war, and orders of the
in my last despatch, that the expedition for Fernandina was equipped, and waiting only for suitable Baltimore American narrative. Fernandina, Florida, March 10, 1862. Another bloodless v gone ahead of the gunboats, and arrived off Fernandina on Sunday morning at ten o'clock. As soon asde of King's Ferry, and fifty-two miles from Fernandina, for the purpose of reconnoissance. On retuy flowing from the ocean. The defences of Fernandina consist of Fort Clinch, which is of pentagon headquarters Third brigade, E. C., Fernandina, Fla., March 9, 1862. New-Deugeness, once thlished for the benefit of the inhabitants of Fernandina: Order: The inhabitants of Fernan St. John's River is twenty-five miles from Fernandina. It is on the mainland. The fleet was comphe Florida Railroad, twenty seven miles from Fernandina. He reports that drafting commenced throughilroad, and all small bridges between it and Fernandina, are burned. Capt. Towles, of the New-Ham[22 more...]
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 4. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 84 1/2.-naval operations in Florida. (search)
and Barnes, and by a light-draft transport with the Seventh New-Hampshire regiment. After arranging with Brig.-Gen. Wright on joint occupation of the Florida and Georgia coasts, including protection from injury the mansion and grounds of Dungeness, on Cumberland Island, originally the property of the Revolutionary hero and patriot, Gen. Greene, and still owned by his descendants, and leaving Commander Percival Drayton in charge of the naval force, I rejoined this ship waiting for me off Fernandina, and proceeded with her off St. John's, arriving there on the ninth. The gunboats had not yet been able to cross the bar, but expected to do so the next day, the Ellen only getting in that evening. As at Nassau, which was visited by Lieut. Commanding Stevens, on his way down, the forts seemed abandoned. There being no probability that the Huron could enter, I despatched her off St. Augustine, where I followed her, arriving on the eleventh. I immediately sent on shore Commander C.
Caroline) bold highlands that rise perpendicularly thirty feet from the water, the rebels had cleared away a considerable space, and commenced to erect a battery and barracks for troops. The location is a splendid one, and could readily be converted into a miniature Gibraltar, but their force was insufficient for the work, and it was abandoned after mounting a gun or two, and partially completing the quarters. Four guns were brought hither by the Darlington, (rebel steamer captured near Fernandina,) on the second inst., from Fort Clinch. Some are said to have been submerged at the foot of the bluff. How true it is, we know not. Passing this point, we continued on up the stream, and were everywhere greeted with cheers or waving of handkerchiefs. Men, women, and children, of all colors, turned out en masse, and gave us a grand and unexpected ovation. From almost all the houses white flags were displayed, and in some instances waved by the ladies. Very few residences, and those th
Doc. 102.-boat-fight at Mosquito Inlet, Fla. Commander Du Pont's report. Flag-ship Wabash, off Mosquito Inlet, Fla., March 24, 1862. sir: I have to report to the Department some casualties that have occurred to officers and men belonging to two of the vessels of my fleet — casualties as painful as they were unexpected; but the loss of gallant lives has expiated the error of judgment which enthusiastic zeal had induced. The Department was informed, after the capture of Fernandina, that so soon as I should take possession of Jacksonville and St. Augustine, I would give my attention to Mosquito Inlet, fifty miles south of the latter, which, according to my information, was resorted to for the introduction of arms transhipped from English ships and steamers at the British colony of Nassau into small vessels of light draught. I accordingly ordered the Penguin, Acting Lieut. Commanding T. A. Budd, and the Henry Andrew, Acting Master S. W. Mather, to proceed to this place
n. Trapier this evening, informing him officially of what he had done, inviting him to come and reoccupy the town, and requesting him to take care of the women and children remaining. This message was courteously replied to by Gen. Trapier or Col. Davis, I which. Mayport, Wednesday, P. M., April 9. At six o'clock this morning, the evacuating fleet, in all eleven sail, got under way in regular order, and started down the St. John's River, a part bound to St. Augustine, and a portion to Fernandina. The vessels formed a long line, the United States steamer Ottawa, Senior Lieutenant Commanding T. H. Stevens, leading off, with the army transports Cosmopolitan and Belvidere in her wake. These steamers towed the schooners Chas. M. Neal, James G. Stille, Rachel S. Miller, and Magnum. Bonum. Then followed the gunboat Pembina, Lieutenant Commanding J. P. Bankhead, with the schooner Anna C. Leaverett; and last, least, but not most unimportant, came the useful little Ellen, Acting Master B
ntic Blockading Squadron. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of Navy. Commander Godon's reports. U. S. S. Mohican, off Brunswick, Ga., March 10, 1862. sir: I have the honor to report that in obedience to your order of March fifth, I left Fernandina on the morning of the eighth, accompanied by the Pocahontas, Lieutenant Commanding Balch, and the Potomska, Acting Lieut. Commanding Watmough, and crossed Fernandina bar, with just water enough to comfortably float this ship; made the best of mFernandina bar, with just water enough to comfortably float this ship; made the best of my way to St. Simon's bar, and reached it at dead low-water, passing it, and getting into Simon's Channel, through which I carried about seventeen feet, to within two miles of the forts, which we could plainly see commanding St. Simon's entrance. Here, at sundown, I anchored for the night. After dark I shifted the anchorage of the ship, to alter the range of any guns that might be left in the batteries. At day-light I made preparations to pass the batteries, and at sunrise weighed anchor and s
Doc. 131.-the rebel Commerce. The following is a list of the vessels from rebel ports, arrived at Nassau, N. P., between the commencement of the National blockade and April 12, 1862: 1861.   June17.Sch. Parker, Smith, Fernandina, naval stores. June18.Sch. W. H. Northrop, Silliman, Wilmington, lumber. Aug.7.Sch. W. H. Northrop, Silliman, Wilmington, lumber. Aug.13.Sch. Victoria, Certain, Wilmington, rice. Sept.4.Sch. Mary Adeline, Carlin, Charleston, rice. Sept.9.Sch. Hamptons, Fla., naval stores. March17.Sloop Coquette, Moore, Charleston, cotton. March22.Sch. Argyle, Davis, Charleston, cotton and naval stores. March27.Sch. Victoria, Fowler, St. John's, Fla., naval stores. March27.Sch. Annie Deans, Morse, Fernandina, Fla., naval stores. March27.Steamship Nashville, Gooding, Georgetown, S. C., ballast. April2.Sch. Pride, Davis, Georgetown, S. C., cotton. April5.Steamship Economist, Burdge, Charleston, cotton. April5.Sch. Rutherford, Green, Charleston, co
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