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Suffolk, Va. (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 36
m crossing River. repulse of Confederates at Suffolk. General Getty acknowledges merit. the moun an attempt to surround the Federal forces at Suffolk, the Admiral dispatched the following vesselsmbine his forces and surround General Peck at Suffolk. It was Cushing who prevented the Confederones at this point, and are now on the way to Suffolk. The prisoners were landed on the right baly after the battery was carried, and sent to Suffolk. I remain, Admiral, etc., etc., George W. als Peck and Getty for the protection of Suffolk, Virginia. During this time the fighting was hassant, and but for the aid of the naval force Suffolk would, without doubt, have fallen into the hathe Federal forces in the intrenched works at Suffolk. But this was not war on a grand scale, suchthe establishment of positions at places like Suffolk (which they could not hold without a force ofreat force gathering stores for the Army near Suffolk, and it was desirable to destroy as much prov[2 more...]
Washington (United States) (search for this): chapter 36
of North Carolina. Confederates invest Washington, N. C., but compelled to retire. gun-boats engumberless, and great armies were posted from Washington to Missouri. These little skirmishes and ret appears that the Confederates had invested Washington, on the Pamlico River, which investment laste enemy retired on the 15th of April. Washington, N. C., had been pretty extensively fortified bble gun-boats) were at the time stationed at Washington, and, on the appearance of the Confederates,port to the relief of the besieged forces at Washington, but they were stopped below Hill's Point by engaged with the enemy's batteries opposite Washington, until the morning of the 4th, when the Cereith reinforcements for the Federal troops at Washington, having safely passed Hill's Point under covntained throughout. Commander Renshaw, at Washington, and Lieutenant-Commander McCann, below on tent service in defending the garrison at Washington, N. C., there can be little doubt. The naval f
Charleston (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 36
They, no doubt, received medals (the highest reward a sailor can aspire to), but let their names go down in history as part of the gallant band who so nobly sustained the reputation of the Navy on April 14th, 1863, the anniversary of the day when Sumter, battered and torn, had to lower her flag to those who gave the first stab to our free institutions. Another one of the events of this expedition, which General Getty alludes to, occurred on April 19th, when Lieutenant Lamson received on board commanders of fleets. A great many of the vessels of the North Atlantic squadron were employed in the blockade of the coast from the mouth of the Chesapeake to below Cape Fear shoals. The Cape Fear River had (since the complete blockade of Charleston) become the principal ground for blockade-runners, that river having two entrances, by either of which blockade-runners could enter, protected by Fort Caswell on the south side of Cape Fear, and by strong earth-works (which finally grew to be F
Fort Fisher (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 36
l Dix evacuates West Point, covered by gun-boats. expeditions up North, York, and Mattapony Rivers. cutting out of Confederate steamer Kate from under guns of Fort Fisher. acts of bravery displayed. attempt to destroy steamer Hebe. Lieutenant Cushing cuts out and destroys blockade-runner Alexander Cooper. destruction of the V, by either of which blockade-runners could enter, protected by Fort Caswell on the south side of Cape Fear, and by strong earth-works (which finally grew to be Fort Fisher) on the north side. Many reports are made of the capture or destruction of blockade-runners, and in chasing up these vessels great activity was displayed. Oonfederate steamer, reported it to Captain Case, of the Iroquois. This officer immediately organized an expedition to cut the vessel out from under the guns of Fort Fisher (which had not at that time assumed such formidable proportions as it did later on). The Confederates were at this time towing the Kate in towards New Inlet,
United States (United States) (search for this): chapter 36
r space will not permit it. It is seldom that the sailors, who are so much exposed, have their names handed down in history, and it is a mistake commanders of vessels commit in failing to notice the gallant tars who, in all the wars which the United States has had with foreign nations, have performed acts of heroism that could not be excelled by the bravest officers. Lieutenant Lamson shows a praiseworthy example by commending the deeds of his gallant sailors as well as those of his officershe amenities of war were entirely forgotten on this occasion, and such wantonness could only insure retaliation on the first favorable opportunity. On the morning of June 4th, an expedition of 400 soldiers embarked at Yorktown on board the United States steamers Commodore Morris (Lieutenant-Commander Gillis), Commodore Jones (Lieutenant-Commander Mitchell), the army gun-boat Smith Briggs and the transport Winnissimmet. These vessels proceeded to Walkertown, about twenty miles above West
New Bern (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 36
mpson, U. S. N.; Wilson. Captain Rodgers, and North State, Captain Berry. This flotilla left Newbern on the evening of the 12th of December. The Allison, Port Royal, Ocean Wave and Wilson were in63, the Confederates made an attack on Fort Anderson, a work built by the Union troops opposite Newbern, and occupied by a regiment of volunteers. The enemy bombarded the works with field-pieces, and by Colonel J. C. Belknap, as follows: Headquarters First Brigade, Wessel's Division, Newbern, N. C., March 15, 1863. Commodore — When, on the 14th of March, 1863, General Pettigrew, with eiap, Colonel 85th Regiment, New York Volunteers, Commanding 1st Brigade. Commander Davenport, Newbern, N. C. The steamer Hetzel committed great havoc among the enemy on this occasion by the accuracts had to lie at anchor before it and make no sign, until troops could be marched overland from Newbern. On the morning of the 15th, the steamer Escort arrived with General Foster on board, who se
Maryland (Maryland, United States) (search for this): chapter 36
ficers were all animated with his spirit, and were always ready to undertake anything, no matter how hazardous. As many risks were run, and as many dangers faced, as fell to Decatur's lot when he cut out the Philadelphia in Tripoli harbor. The later operations of the North Atlantic squadron, in 1863, were merely attempts to co-operate with the Army up the shoal rivers within the limits of the command, keeping down the Confederate raiders, and intercepting dispatches between Virginia and Maryland, in which every light-draft vessel was continually employed. It was not a very brilliant service, but it was a useful one. Without it the Confederates would have seriously harassed the important Army posts, and driven in the smaller ones. They dreaded those frail vessels, with their heavy guns and fearless seamen, and a gun-boat was often worth more to the Army than two or three stout regiments. The last act chronicled in the records of the North Atlantic squadron for this year is the
New Topsail Inlet (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 36
and the Hebe, being now practically of no use, was left upon the beach to be broken up by the winds and waves. A great deal of ammunition was expended upon this vessel--163 shot and shells from the James Adger, and 145 from the flag-ship Minnesota. On the 22d of August, 1863, quite a gallant affair took place, when Lieutenant Cushing cut out and destroyed the blockade-running schooner Alexander Cooper. On the 12th, Cushing made a reconnaissance, in the boats of the Shokokon, of New Topsail Inlet, and was driven off by the fire of four Confederate field-pieces stationed near the entrance of the inlet. But before he was driven back he discovered a schooner at anchor at a wharf about six miles up the sound. This schooner he determined to destroy. On the evening of the 22d the Shokokon anchored close to the sea-beach, about five miles from the inlet, and sent on shore two boats' crews — who shouldered the dinghy, and carried it across the neck of land that divided the sea fro
Chuckatuck Creek (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 36
you had already established for valor in the face of the enemy. The energy and ability displayed by yourself and the officers and men under your command in defence of the lower Nansemond are most creditable, and are appreciated by the Department. The Department desires to express to you more especially its admiration of your gallantry and enterprise, in conducting an important armed reconnaissance with a party from the gun-boats, some miles into the enemy's country to the village of Chuckatuck, and putting to flight a party of the enemy's cavalry, and safely returning to your vessel. Accept my congratulations for yourself and the officers and men who were under your command. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy. Lieutenant W. B. Cushing, Commanding Steamer Commodore Barney. These were very complimentary words, and should have made these officers proud of the distinction that had been shown them — distinctions superior even to those received by officers who had commanded
Jamestown Island (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 36
cked that place, and commenced concentrating a heavy force on Fort Magruder, which was not far from Williamsburg. Gun-boats were immediately required by the Army to move up and down between Yorktown and Queen's Creek, and also to lie near Jamestown Island. Every effort was made to comply with the demands made upon the Navy, and on an announcement being made to Rear-Admiral Lee by General Peck that the enemy were advancing in an attempt to surround the Federal forces at Suffolk, the Admiral dtt and a 24-pound howitzer. Alert (tug), one 12 and one 24-pound howitzer. Stepping Stones (light ferry-boat),with a battery of howitzers. The Commodore Barney, Lieutenant W. B. Cushing, was also detached from other duty and sent to Jamestown Island. Commander (afterwards Rear-Admiral) Stephen D. Trenchard. The above list of vessels will show to what shifts the Navy was put to meet the calls made upon it by the Army. Gun-boats were called for everywhere, and these demands were mo
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