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Three Trees (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 33
cross-fire from them all. every fort being armed with the heaviest and most destructive ordnance then known. After crossing the bar. there were several channels leading into Charleston harbor — the Main-Ship Channel. North Channel and Swash Channel. In taking either of these, a vessel would be under a raking and cross fire. Should she get by Sumter, she would still be subjected to a raking fire from that work and the works on the upper part of Sullivan's Island — from Battery Gregg, Fort Johnson, Fort Ripley and Castle Pinkney, and some smaller batteries. To run past these defences, if there were no obstructions in the channel, would be much easier with a small squadron than to stop and give the forts battle with ironclads. This fact was established during the civil war, and the subject has been ably treated in a work published in 1868 by Lieutenant-Colonel Von Sheliha. Before proceeding to attack the defences of Charleston, Rear-Admiral Dupont issued the following order:
Tybee Island (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 33
ing United States Naval Expedition, Southern Coast, U. S. N. America. The capture of Tybee Island, Georgia. Flag-Ship Wabash, Port Royal Harbor, Nov. 25, 1861. Sir — I have the honor toructed to push his reconnoissance so far as to form. an approximate estimate of the force on Tybee Island, and of the possibility of gaining access to the inner bar; and further, if the information ato me immediately. I was not surprised when he came back and reported that the defences on Tybee Island had probably been abandoned. Deeming it proper, however, to add the Seneca, Lieutenant Commaight, and that the Savannah has been ordered to take the same position. The abandonment of Tybee Island, on which there is a strong Martello tower, with a battery at its base, is due to the terror eauregard and Walker, and is a direct fruit of the victory of the 7th inst. By the fall of Tybee Island, the reduction of Fort Pulaski, which is within easy mortar distance, becomes only a question
Georgia (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 33
n to hold Charleston at all hazards, we here insert tile circular of General Ripley. It shows that the Confederates were alive to everything necessary to circumvent an enemy. Circular.Headquarters First Military District, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Charleston, December 26, 1862. In case the proposed attack on this harbor is known beforehand, special directions will be given for the service of the different batteries. As, however, it may happen that a surprise may be attemp U. S. N. America. The capture of Tybee Island, Georgia. Flag-Ship Wabash, Port Royal Harbor, Nov. 25, 1861. Sir — I have the honor to inform the Department that the flag of the United States is flying over the territory of the State of Georgia. As soon as the serious injury to the boilers of the Flag had been repaired, I dispatched Commander John Rodgers to Tybee entrance, the mouth of Savannah River, to report to Commander Missroon, the senior officer, for a preliminary examin
Port Royal (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 33
d Admiral Dupont. Admiral Dupont retires to Port Royal. combined attack of Army and Navy on Buffin Powhatan and Canandaigua, had to proceed to Port Royal for coal, leaving some lighter vessels to coin the war, and had shown so much ability at Port Royal as to entitle him to the full confidence of F. Dupont, Commanding S. A. B. Squadron, Port Royal, S. C. President Lincoln was greatly disturbting into Savannah soon after the capture of Port Royal. She had since been closely watched, and fiF. Dupont, Commanding S. A. B. Squadron, Port Royal, S. C. South Atlantic Squadron, January, 18odgers. United States Steamer Wabash, Port Royal, Nov. 10, 1861. Sir-Although I know that : On Monday, the 4th, this vessel entered Port Royal, and sounded the channel until within three gh. United States Gunboat Curlew, Port Royal, S. C., Nov. 17, 1861. Sir-It affords me greof your dispatches announcing the victory at Port Royal, the Department issued the enclosed general [4 more...]
Scull Creek (Kansas, United States) (search for this): chapter 33
eauregard--the fort on Bay Point. The greater part of the guns of Fort Walker were presented upon two water-fronts, and the flanks were but slightly guarded, especially on the north, on which side the approach of an enemy had not been looked for. A fleet of the enemy — consisting of seven steamers, armed, but to what extent I was not informed further than that they carried rifle-guns — occupied the northern portion of the harbor, and stretched along from the mouth of Beaufort River to Scull Creek. It was high water on the 7th instant at 11h. 35m. A. M. by the tables of the Coast Survey. These circumstances — the superiority of Fort Walker and its weakness on the northern flank, the presence of the rebel fleet, and the flood-tide of the morning — decided the plan of attack and the order of battle. The order of battle comprised a main squadron ranged in line ahead, and a flanking squadron, which was to be thrown off on the northern section of the harbor, to engage the enem
Hampton Roads (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 33
uting with Mr. Weidman (though not a seaman) the privilege of being the last to leave the wreck. I have the honor to be, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant, S. F. Dupont, Flag-Officer, Commanding South Atlantic Blockading Squadron. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, Washington. Report of Major John Geo. Reynolds, U. S. M. C. United States Ship Sabine, At Sea, November 8, 1861. Sir — I have the honor to report that the marine battalion under my command left Hampton Roads on transport steamboat Governor, on the morning of Tuesday, the 29th of October, with the other vessels of the fleet, and continued with them, near the flag-ship Wabash, until Friday, the 1st of November. On Friday morning, about 10 o'clock, the wind began to freshen, and by 12 or 1 blew so violently that we were obliged to keep her head directly to the wind, and thereby leave the squadron, which apparently stood its course. Throughout the afternoon the gale continued to increase, th
Ogeechee (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 33
ngthened. capture of the gunboat Isaac Smith. the iron-clad Montauk, Commander John L. Worden, engages the forts at Ogeechee River. Confederate steamer Nashville destroyed by the Montauk and other vessels. iron-clads Passaic, Patapsco and Nahant sity of prudence. On the 1st of February the Montauk, Commander John L. Worden, was ordered to engage the forts at Ogeechee River, a duty which was well performed; but the Confederates shifted their guns from point to point, as the range of the Mo and although a swift and well-appointed steamer, never ventured to run out. After several months she withdrew up the Ogeechee River and returned in the guise of a privateer, presenting a formidable appearance. Fort McAllister was strengthened andaic, was directed to proceed with the Patapsco. Commander Daniel Ammen, and the Nahant, Commander John Downes, up the Ogeechee River, and make an attack on Fort McAllister. The fort had been subjected to three previous attacks from the Montauk; bu
United States (United States) (search for this): chapter 33
crashed into the Federal vessels, with the reply, This is the Confederate States' steam-ram, Palmetto State. The order was given to fire, bgraphic despatch of the 13th instant, from the President of the United States, sent from Fortress Monroe. The Department will probably havtic Blockading Squadron. Lieutenant Napoleon Collins, U. S. N., United States Gun-boat Unadilla, Port Royal harbor. Letter commending thes were seen on our starboard-bow, one of which proved to be the United States steamer Isaac P. Smith, commanded by Lieutenant J. W. A. Nicholrts of all on board the transport. Between 2 and 3 o'clock the United States frigate Sabine (Captain Ringgold) was within hail, and the assus, Southern Division. Flag-Officer Samuel F. Dupont, Commanding United States Naval Expedition, Southern Coast, U. S. N. America. The cap I have the honor to inform the Department that the flag of the United States is flying over the territory of the State of Georgia. As soo
Land's End, South-carolina (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 33
Fort Pinkney, Fort Ripley, Fort Moultrie, Fort Beauregard. Fort Sumter, Battery Bee, Battery Greggck brought the squadron sufficiently near Fort Beauregard to receive its fire, and the ships were fr, and this morning at sunrise on that of Fort Beauregard. The defeat of the enemy terminated int, and afterwards to turn my attention to Fort Beauregard--the fort on Bay Point. The greater part to pass up mid-way between Forts Walker and Beauregard (receiving and returning the fire of both) tker, immediately followed by another from Fort Beauregard. This was answered at once from this shi exposed, without support, to the fire of Fort Beauregard) to join company. At 10h. 15m. the signary opportunity of firing at long range on Fort Beauregard. As soon as the fate of Fort Walker was decided, I dispatched a small squadron to Fort Beauregard to reconnoitre and ascertain its conditio Sherman, in the capture of Forts Walker and Beauregard, commanding the entrance of Port Royal harbo[3 more...]
Warsaw Sound (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 33
ce been closely watched, and finding it would be almost impossible to get out of port again as a blockade-runner, she was sold to the Confederate Government and converted into an iron-clad, supposed to be one of the best that had been built in the South. The Weehawken, Captain John Rodgers, and the Nahant, Commander John Downes, were employed blockading the Atlanta at the mouth of Wilmington River. Early in the morning of June 17th, 1863, Confederate iron-clad Atlanta, captured in Warsaw Sound. it was reported to Captain Rodgers that a Confederate iron-clad was coming down the river. The Weehawken was immediately cleared for action, the cable slipped, and the Monitor steamed slowly towards the northeast end of Warsaw Island, then turned and stood up the Sound, heading for the enemy, who came on with confidence, as if sure of victory. Two steamers followed the Confederate iron-clad, filled with people who had come down to see the Union vessels captured or driven away. The Nah
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