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lying under the guns of Fort McAllister, on the Great Ogeechee, Georgia, by the Montauk, Commander J. L. Worden, whose inclosed report states succinctly the interesting particulars. The department of the public as a troublesome pest. I am, very respectfully, Your obedient servant, John L. Worden, Commanding Senior Officer present. To Rear-Admiral S. F. Du Pont, Commanding S. A. Blockadt. Immediately we went to quarters, and the United States steamer Seneca, by permission from Capt. Worden, steamed up the river to reconnoitre. She went to within two miles of the Nashville, and by an aground, was now falling, and her condition was every moment becoming worse and worse. Captain Worden would have moved up to attack her if he had thought it judicious, but he saw she could not g marine, and let the country congratulate itself upon having such a servant and defender as Commander Worden, whose judicious caution and whose promptness and will have secured <*>e destruction of thi
er Daniel Ammen, one fifteen-inch Dahlgren and one two hundred pound Parrott. The Montauk, (monitor,) Commander John L Worden, one fifteen-inch and one eleven-inch Dahlgren, which was held as a reserve. The Nahant, (monitor,) Commander Downs, o fight, the Wissahickon, Dawn, Sebago, Seneca, and Flambeau being at anchor near the mortar-boats, whilst the Montauk, Capt. Worden, took position in advance of the wooden vessels, and in sight of the conflict, but took no part in it. The three mo Fort. Their invulnerability to the projectiles of the enemy had been fully ascertained by the previous conflicts of Captain Worden with the same works, and by his successful destruction of the Nashville whilst exposed to the guns of the Fort, to which he paid no attention. In alluding to the destruction of the Nashville by Capt. Worden, in my last letter, I omitted to mention that the enemy succeeded in exploding one of his torpedoes directly under the hull of the Montauk, slightly jarring
. Each ship will be prepared to render every assistance possible to vessels that may require it. The special code of signals prepared for the iron-clad vessels, will be used in action. After the reduction of Fort Sumter, it is probable the next point of attack will be the batteries on Morris Island. The order of battle will be the line ahead, in the following succession: 1. Weehawken, with raft, Capt. John Rodgers. 2. Passaic, Capt. Percival Drayton. 3. Montauk, Commander John L. Worden. 4. Patapsco, Commander Daniel Ammen. 5. New Ironsides, Commodore Thos. Turner. 6. Catskill, Commander Geo. W. Rodgers. 7. Nantucket, Commander Donald McN. Fairfax. 8. Nahant, Commander John Downes. 9. Keokuk, Lieut. Commander Alex. C. Rhind. A squadron of reserve, of which Captain J. F. Green will be senior officer, will be formed out-side the bar, and near the entrance buoy, consisting of the following vessels: Canandaigua, Capt. Joseph H. Green. Unadil
James Barnes, author of David G. Farragut, Naval Actions of 1812, Yank ee Ships and Yankee Sailors, Commodore Bainbridge , The Blockaders, and other naval and historical works, The Photographic History of The Civil War: in ten volumes, Thousands of Scenes Photographed 1861-65, with Text by many Special Authorities, Volume 6: The Navy. (ed. Francis Trevelyan Miller), The most famous naval action of the Civil war (search)
Minnesota, which was still aground. It was midnight before Lieutenant S. Dana Greene, sent by Worden, reached the Minnesota and reported to Captain Van Brunt. While the two officers were talking tommand of two 11-inch guns, each of which had a crew of eight stalwart seamen, all was anxiety. Worden was in the pilot-house with Acting Master Howard, who knew well the waters about him. Quartermasaid, in referring to this order, The signal was not seen by us; other work was in hand, and Commander Worden required no signal. In a few minutes the battle was on. Shot after shot was hurled againer, although once she was struck a glancing blow. Toward the latter part of the action, Lieutenant Worden placed the bow of his little craft against the Merrimac's quarters and fired both guns at Point. It was a few minutes after noon when the Monitor made for the shallow water, and Lieutenant Worden had been stunned and almost blinded by the result of a shell striking the pilot-house. Th
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Monitor and
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rom the sea, under the command of Lieut. John L. Worden (q. v.), unheralded and unknown, at a little past midnight, March 9, on its trial trip. It had been named Monitor. It had been towed to the Roads by steamers, outriding a tremendous gale. Worden reported to the flag-officer of the fleet in the Roads, and was ordered to aid the Minnesota in the expected encounter with the Merrimac in the morning. It was a bright Sabbath morning. Before sunrise the dreaded Merrimac and her company came dr in great peril, the Monitor ran between The New Ironsides and monitor. them. A most severe duel ensued, and as a result the Merrimac was so much disabled that she fled up to Norfolk, and did not again invite her little antagonist to combat. Worden was severely injured by concussion in the tower of the Monitor, and for a few days his life was in peril. This class of vessels was multiplied in the National navy, and did good service. A comparison of the appearance of the two vessels may be
Journal, Feb. 10, 1863, p. 2, col. 4; p. 4, col. 5. — – – Letter from Com. John L. Worden of U. S. steamer Montauk. Boston Evening Journal, Feb. 11, 1863, p. 2, c — – Feb. 27. U. S. steamer Montauk destroys the Nashville; report of Com. John L. Worden. Boston Evening Journal, March 12, 1863, p. 2, col. 1. — – March 3-7.ontauk, U. S. ironclad. At Fort McAllister, Ga., Jan., 1863; letter from Com. John L. Worden. Boston Evening Journal, Feb. 11, 1863, p. 2, col. 1. —Destroys the Nashville, Feb. 27, 1863; report of Corn. John L. Worden. Boston Evening Journal, March 12, 1863, p. 2, col. 1. —General view of injuries, during service. Army ank, U. S. ironclad, at Fort McAllister, Ga., Jan., 1863. Letter from Corn. John L. Worden. Boston Evening Journal, Feb. 11, 1863, p. 2, col. 1. —Montauk, U. S. ironclad, destroys the Nashville, Feb. 27, 1863; report of Corn. John L. Worden. Boston Evening Journal, March 12, 1863, p. 2, col. 1. —Muscle Shoal
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 9: (search)
Col. R. H. Anderson. The main part of its armament was one rifled 32-pounder and one 8-inch columbiad. Above the fort lay the blockade-runner Nashville, anxiously awaiting an opportunity to leave the Ogeechee. The Montauk, under command of John L. Worden, who fought the Virginia in Hampton Roads, steamed up near the obstructions on the Ogeechee, January 27th, followed by the gunboats Seneca, Wissahickon, Dawn and Williams, which anchored a mile astern. A combat ensued which raged for four hohad suffered defeat from the plucky little Confederate fort. On February 27th the Nashville, or Rattlesnake, as she was frequently called, had the misfortune to run aground not far above the obstructions in the river. On the following morning Worden, having observed this, steamed down under the guns of the fort and to within a point about 1, 200 yards from the cruiser. He then opened fire on her with 15-inch shells, entirely disregarding the shot which was hurled at him from Anderson's guns
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 3: (search)
. Dana Greene volunteered to go in her, and at Worden's request was ordered as executive officer. Thinery. The crew were volunteers, selected by Worden from the receiving-ship North Carolina and the frigate Sabine; and a better one, to quote Worden's statement, no naval commander ever had the honoders. No sane man would have done otherwise. Worden accordingly proceeded to the assistance of thefreely as ever. After passing the Merrimac, Worden turned, and, crossing her stern, attempted to ere picked men, and during the short time that Worden had been with them he had won, in an extraordi iron hatch that rested insecurely on the top. Worden's eyes were filled with powder and slivers of fteen pounds, and the Bureau had enjoined upon Worden to limit himself to this, though it was found d started from New York as a forlorn hope. To Worden it was doubly so, for he had left a sick-bed tde public, a touching letter which was sent to Worden by the crew of the Monitor at the time when he[13 more...]
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 7: (search)
d early in 1863, the force had been increased by the addition of the monitor Montauk, under Commander Worden. On the 27th of January, and again on the 1st of February, Worden had made attacks upon thWorden had made attacks upon the fort; but notwithstanding the vigor and accuracy of the bombardment, the character of the work was such that the injuries resulting from the attack were easily repaired. The monitor stood the test ry, the Nashville was observed to be in motion above the fort. Making a careful reconnoissance, Worden discovered that, in moving up the river, the steamer had grounded about twelve hundred yards aboanting himself directly under the fire of Fort McAllister, to which he made no attempt to reply, Worden opened deliberately upon the Nashville, whose upper works only were visible across the swamp, unopped down the river. On her way she struck and exploded a torpedo, causing a serious leak, but Worden kept on until safely out of range of the fort. The monitor was then run upon a mud flat, which
mmand of naval defences of Virginia, 76; sinks Merrimac. 78 Texas, blockade and coast of, 46 Torpedoes, invention and early history of, 3 et seq. Tredegar Iron Works, 22, 54 Trent, the, 177 et seq. Tuscaloosa, the, 199 et seq. Union, the, blockades Savannah, 85 Vanderbilt, the, 77, 203 et seq. Vincennes, the, 128, 130 et seq. Wachusett, the, captures the Florida, 188, 202 Ward, Commodore, Jas. H., 85 et seq.; killed, 88 Water Witch, the, 122, 128 et seq. Weehawken, the, captures the Atlanta, 117 et seq. Westfield, the, 143, 144 (note); 146 et seq.; destroyed, 150 Wilkes, Captain, 140; seizes Mason and Slidell, 177 et seq. Wilkes, Captain, Chas., commands flying squadron, 201; relieved of command, 203 et seq. Wilmington, 85, 87 et seq.; harbor of, 91, 92 et seq. Winslow, Lieutenant, Francis, 128 et seq., 135 Worden, Lieutenant John L., commands Monitor, 56, 67 et seq.; wounded, 71, 75 (note); commands Montauk, 216 Wyalusing, the, 99
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