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October 3rd, 1862 AD (search for this): chapter 35
of the Army and Navy was prepared to operate against Franklin, a small town on the Blackwater River. It was agreed between the military commander, General Dix, and the commander of the gun-boats, that the attack should be made on the 3d of October. The expedition was under the command of Lieutenant C. W. Flusser, on board the steamer Commodore Perry. Acting-Lieutenant Edmund R. Colhoun commanded the Hunchback. and Acting-Master Charles A. French the Whitehead. On the morning of October 3d, 1862, the three above-mentioned steamers got underway and proceeded up the river, which was so crooked and narrow in some places that these vessels, small as they were, could not turn the bends without the aid of hawsers. At 7 o'clock the Perry, being ahead, came to one of three short turns, and, while engaged in running out a line, a heavy fire was opened upon her from a steep bluff, almost overhead, by a body of the enemy's concealed riflemen. The guns of the steamer could not be broug
May 9th, 1862 AD (search for this): chapter 35
re to all the useful buildings, and most of them were destroyed; the commandant's and the officers' quarters being left intact, in hopes that the Confederate officers might have a chance some day to live in them again. Thus Norfolk became the head quarters of the Navy, as it ought to have been from the beginning of the war to the end. There had been no good reason for deserting the place, for there were as many ships in front of the town at the time when the Navy Yard was burned, as on May 9, 1862, while the Confederates were much weaker. The retreat from Norfolk was caused by a panic which sometimes seizes upon people, and leads them to do things at the moment for which they rebuke themselves when they come to their senses. The re-occupation of Norfolk Navy Yard was a great convenience to the North Atlantic squadron, which had been obliged to send most of its vessels to Philadelphia and New York for repairs, and now the operations up the James River could be carried on more ef
May 7th, 1862 AD (search for this): chapter 35
partment in regular order, and being quickly recorded as they were received, it happens that many of the events of the war are narrated out of their proper order, and the earlier performances are behind the later ones. This cannot well be helped, and it would probably make confusion if the writer attempted to remedy the evil. When General McClellan had captured Yorktown he almost immediately moved part of his army up the river in transports in the direction of West Point. On the 7th of May, 1862, Lieutenant T. H. Stevens reported that, hearing the firing of heavy cannon, he proceeded on board the Lieutenant Leonard Paulding. Wachusett, for the purpose of joining his command, which he had passed on the way up; when General Franklin telegraphed him that he was attacked by a superior force and desired the assistance of the gun-boats--that he wanted immediate support, etc. At this moment the gun-boat Maratanza was engaged. two miles below. in endeavoring to haul the gun-
May 5th, 1862 AD (search for this): chapter 35
enant Flusser. the gun-boats extricate themselves from a dilemma. notice of Lieutenant Cushing, his attack on the town of Jacksonville and his gallant defence of the Ellis. capture of Fort Macon by the Army and Navy. surrender of Yorktown, May 5, 1862. co-operation of the Navy. attack on Sewell's Point by Flag-officer Goldsborough. evacuation of Sewell's Point and Craney Island. Merrimac blown up by the Confederates, June 11. Susquehanna, Seminole and Dakota anchor before Norfolk. thend Navy are somewhat obscure, but it appears that a good deal of damage was inflicted upon the fort in spite of a heavy sea, which rendered the firing from the vessels somewhat uncertain. The gun-boats themselves suffered little damage. On May 5, 1862, Yorktown was evacuated by the Confederates, and General McClellan telegraphed to Captain Wm. Smith of the Wachusett to assist in communicating with Gloucester and to send some of the gun-boats up York River to reconnoitre. The flotilla was
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