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Buras (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 10
had invested with supernatural power, there was no reason why 47 heavy guns and 700 men should run away from such goblins. A badly-constructed ram ran her snout into the Richmond and ripped off three pieces of her planking; there were no firerafts, and Hollins' squadron was all a sham. His gunboats were nothing more than frail river craft with small rifled guns — like those which Bailey's division sent to the bottom after a fifteen minutes engagement at the battle of Forts Jackson and St. Philip. Put this matter in any light you may, it is the most ridiculous affair that ever took place in the American Navy. There is no instance during the war like it. To think that we should have to write of such a retreat is mortifying, but it stands on record, described in language that almost claims merit for the flight of the Richmond and her consorts, chased by a ram that was going in an opposite direction as fast as her disabled machinery would take her,--her officers thanking their sta
Charleston Harbor (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 10
tacles in the way. Three army officers accompanied the troops. Soon after leaving Sandy Hook a heavy gale set in, and continued during most of the passage to Charleston, and the Baltic, the fastest and staunchest vessel, only arrived off Charleston harbor on the 12th of April, and communicated with the Harriet Lane, the only vessel that had arrived before her. At 6 A. M. the Pawnee arrived, and Mr. Fox went on board of her and informed Commander Rowan of his orders to send in provisions, askait the arrival of the Powhatan, and that he was not going into the harbor to inaugurate a civil war. Mr. Fox then stood in towards the bar with the Baltic and the Harriet Lane. As these vessels showed themselves, heavy guns were heard up Charleston harbor and the smoke from the batteries which had opened upon Sumter was distinctly visible. Fox then turned and stood towards the Pawnee, intending to inform Commander Rowan of the state of affairs, and met him coming in. Rowan hailed and asked
Fort McRae (Florida, United States) (search for this): chapter 10
of the Royal Yacht in Galveston harbor by Lieut. James E. Jouett. attack on Fort McRae and Fort Pickens by the Niagara and Richmond, November 22, 1861. correct accon with General Harvey Brown at Fort Pickens, determined to make an attack on Fort McRae and its defences with the Niagara and Richmond, while Fort Pickens was to opeeir cables, the Niagara in four fathoms and the Richmond in 20 feet of water, fort McRae bearing from the Niagara north, distant two miles. The vessels opened fire as did also fort Pickens. It was thought by those on board the ships that Fort McRae and its defenses were considerably damaged by the bombardment, but that remai There does not seem to have been any particular object in the bombardment of Fort McRae, beyond at the same time destroying the navy yard and its contents, which, itWith the exception of the attack of the Niagara, Richmond and Fort Pickens on Fort McRae and other forts, Nov. 22, 1861, there were no attempts made to disturb the en
Cambria (United Kingdom) (search for this): chapter 10
on; Sailmaker, Nicholas Lynch; Second Lieut. Marines, J. H. Higbee. Sloop-of-war Preble. Commander, Henry French; Lieut., William E. Hopkins; Surgeon, Stewart Kennedy; Paymaster, C. P. Wallach; Boatswain, John Bates; Gunner, E. J. Waugh; Carpenter, James Kinnear; Sailmaker, G. A. Wightman. Steamer water Witch. Commander, Wm. Ronckendorff (in August); Lieut., Francis Winslow (in October); Lieuts., J. L. Davis, James Stillwell, C. H. Cushman and Allan V. Reed; P. Asst.-Surgeon, P. S. Wales; Asst.-Engineers, Wm. C. Selden, Reynolds Driver, Edw. Scattergood, A. H. Able. Frigate Potomac. Capt., L. M. Powell, Lieuts., Samuel Marcy, Lewis A. Kimberly; Geo. E. Law; Master, W. S. Schley; Surgeon, J. D. Miller; Asst.-Surgeon, A. O. Leavitt; Paymaster, James D. Murray; Midshipmen, Wm. T. Sampson, C. H. Humphrey, Merrill Miller, John H. Reed, D. D. Wemple; Boatswain. C. E. Bragdon; Gunner, W. H. French; Carpenter, O. T. Stimson; Sailmaker, Geo. Thomas. Steamer Huntsville.
Pelican (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 10
Carter and Master's Mate Chas. W. Adams in the first and second launches, each carrying a howitzer and a picked crew of men. At 11:40 P. M. the two boats entered the harbor unperceived, intending, if they could pass the armed schooner guarding the entrance and the Bolivar and Point forts, to try to surprise and burn the manof war steamer General Rusk, lying under Pelican Island fort. The boats succeeded in passing the schooner and two forts, but in attempting to avoid the sentinels on Pelican fort they grounded on Pelican Spit and were discovered by the enemy. It was then too late to attempt the capture of the General Rusk (a heavily armed vessel) as the alarm was given at once, therefore that part of the expedition was abandoned. The boats then turned about and pulled. for the schooner Royal Yacht, which they boarded and carried after a short but sharp conflict. By this time the people in the forts were aroused and opened fire in the direction of the boarding party. Lieu
ding the coast of Texas. His particular command was the frigate Santee. She was not a suitable vessel for this purpose (being a sailing ship), and her crew of 500 men might have performed more effective service by being divided up amongst five or six small steamers, armed with howitzers. A good deal of force was expended in this way during the war, which might have been exerted to better purpose; but the object of the Navy Department was to have a large number of guns afloat in view of European complications, and these large sailing ships, though perfectly useless for blockading purposes, carried a large number of men who could at times be used with good effect in landing on the enemy's coast. Among the privateers which the Confederates were fitting out was one called the Royal Yacht, which was being prepared in Galveston harbor to be let loose on the Federal commerce. This fact was known to Captain Eagle, and he made preparations to destroy her before she could get to sea.
Staten Island (New York, United States) (search for this): chapter 10
ed with the idea of getting rid of an old, worn-out ship, and offered to stay by the vessel as her Captain, fit her out, and take her down the harbor as far as Staten Island, in order the better to conceal the intended movement. Capt. Meigs also urged Foote to obey the President's order, and he finally decided to do so, and commen into the cabin and locked himself in the Captain's state-room. The ship steamed away from the dock at one o'clock, P. M. on the 6th of April, going as far as Staten Island before Captain Mercer left her. The moment the ship had left the yard, Foote could contain himself no longer, and he at once telegraphed to Secretary Wellesgram was sent to Lieut. Porter as follows: Give the Powhatan up to Capt. Mercer. April 6, 1861. Seward. While the ship was lying off Tompkinsville, Staten Island, waiting for the boat to return that had carried Capt. Mercer on shore, a swift little steamer came alongside, and Lieut. Roe of the Navy delivered Mr. Seward'
Pensacola Bay (Florida, United States) (search for this): chapter 10
expedition to reinforce Sumter, the President and Secretary Seward sent one to reinforce Fort. Pickens and prevent it from falling into the hands of the insurgents. This is an important part of the history of the war, and as it had an important bearing on naval matters in the Gulf of Mexico, and exhibited a great want of decision or forgetfulness on the part of those who were charged with the duty of recovering the Government property, it may not be uninteresting Panoramic view of Pensacola Bay, the Navy yard and forts. to relate some events connected with this place during the time of its occupation by the Confederates. In the early part of the difficulties between the North and South, and before the Confederates had taken the bold step of firing upon Fort Sumter, and when the Government was anxious to ascertain the true condition of affairs at Charleston, Mr. G. V. Fox, formerly a Lieutenant in the Navy and later the Assistant Secretary, offered his services to go to Char
Morris Island (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 10
r-of-the-West, under Captain McGowan, of the Revenue Marine, was chartered during President Buchanan's administration, and ordered to carry provisions to the beleaguered fort; but on entering the harbor and getting within range of the guns on Morris Island, she was fired upon, and finding that he would be sunk if he persevered in going on, Captain McGowan turned his vessel about and left the harbor. Mr. Fox presented certain plans for the relief of Sumter to the Buchanan administration, but rected Lieut. Hartstene to take Mr. Fox to Fort Sumter, where they arrived after dark and remained two hours. Major Anderson seemed to think it was too late then to undertake to relieve Sumter by any other means than by landing an army on Morris Island. He thought an entrance from the sea impracticable, but while discussing the matter on the parapet Mr. Fox heard the sound of oars, and though the boat was very near she could not be seen through the haze and darkness of the night until she
Santa Rosa Island (Florida, United States) (search for this): chapter 10
gs, schooners and large launches, filled with soldiers, was seen to be coming from the direction of Pensacola, and heading for the two ships lying outside of Santa Rosa Island. There were about twenty-five of these small vessels, but the number of troops was not known. This flotilla approached to within a mile and a half of the beach on Santa Rosa Island, and as they were either going to land there, or reinforce the insurrectionary army, it was time to stop their approach. The 11-inch gun on board the Powhatan was cast loose, and a shell fired, which burst directly over the middle of the flotilla. The consequence was a rapid retreat of the expedition te Confederates and the Government, it was broken on the arrival of the Powhatan--for she fired upon them the moment they attempted a water expedition towards Santa Rosa Island. All the claims for saving Fort Pickens from the enemy, put forward by anyone in favor of the Navy Department, are null and void. Capt. Meigs puts the
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