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August 24th (search for this): chapter 37
d. General Gillmore sent a communication at 11 o'clock, giving notice that at 11 o'clock to-morrow he would open fire again on Charleston. Charleston, August 24th. The enemy's fire on Sumter slackened to-day. The fleet has not participated. At 12 o'clock last night the enemy's guns opened on the city, firing fifteehells. No casualties resulted. Non-combatants are leaving the city in continuous streams. Appearance of Fort Sumter at the close of the attack. On the 24th of August General Gillmore wrote the following dispatches to Washington: Headquarters, Department of the South, Morris Island, S. C., August 24th, 1863. To Major-the Federal naval forces did not seem any nearer to the attainment of their wishes than DuPont was. The effect of the fire on Charleston had not, up to the 24th of August, proved of a serious nature. Twelve 8-inch shells had fallen into the city, thirteen having been fired altogether. These shells flew in the direction of St.
Chapter 36: operations of the South Atlantic Squadron under Rear-Admiral Dahlgren, 1863.--operations in Charleston harbor, etc. Rear-Admiral Dahlgren succeeds Rear-Admiral Dupont. Dahlgren's difficult task. General Gillmore requests naval co-operation. Charleston harbor. plan of General Gillmore. attack on enemy's works by Army and Navy. capture of Confederate works on South end of Morris Island. assault on Fort Wagner. Gillmore repulsed. Second attack on Fort Sumter. captu an officer, general knowledge on all subjects, in and out of his profession, made him an authority to whom foreign officers deferred. He was as well posted in all naval matters as any officer at home or abroad, and his opinions, which did not in 1863 run in accord with those of the Navy Department, were adopted by his friends and acquaintances in every quarter. DuPont had said that the forts in Charleston harbor could not be taken by the force with which he had attacked them, and his opinion
August 23rd (search for this): chapter 37
will apply stringent measures of retaliation. Up to this time the threat to shell the city has not been executed. There seems to be a discrepancy between these two bulletins about General Gillmore shelling the city. Charleston, Friday, August 23d. To-day the land batteries opened from south to north, and the Monitors from east to west, coming close up; the fire was very damaging. The east wall was crushed and breached, and the shot swept through the fort. A shell burst, woundinto extinguish the flames. The pieces of shell picked up in the city caused great curiosity and wonder, that such large missiles should have been thrown to such a distance from the point where the Federal battery was located in the swamp. On August 23d, Rear-Admiral Dahlgren got underway and moved the Monitors to within eight hundred yards of Sumter, and opened fire. During a portion of the time a clear sight of the fort was prevented by fog. When the. Monitors opened, Sumter only replied wi
July 4th, 1863 AD (search for this): chapter 37
n fire on forts Sumter and Moultrie. engineering work. Dahlgren and Gillmore differ. forts Wagner and battery Gregg evacuated. the Weehawken grounded. disastrous naval assault on Sumter. great gallantry displayed by boat-crews. Ensign Wallace's report torpedo-boat. attempts to destroy New Ironsides. praise of Dahlgren and officers. the monitors and New Ironsides contrasted. Boynton's criticisms, etc. Rear-Admiral Dahlgren succeeded Rear-Admiral DuPont, at Port Royal, on July 4th, 1863, the latter having been relieved at his own request, owing to a difference of opinion between himself and the Secretary of the Navy in regard to the operations before Charleston and the attempt to take the Confederate works with the Monitors. Dahlgren had a difficult task before him. In the first place, he had relieved an officer who maintained as high a prestige as any in the Navy, at home and abroad, for skill and bravery. The attack upon and capture of Port Royal had given DuPont
July 3rd, 1863 AD (search for this): chapter 37
second attack was preparing against the forts in Charleston harbor, and that its success required the military occupation of Morris Island, and the establishment of land batteries on that island, to assist in the reduction of Sumter, and, as this was a task requiring engineering skill of the highest ability, Brigadier-General Q. A. Gillmore was assigned to the command of the Department. General Gillmore commenced his advance upon Charleston by the movement of troops to Folly Island on July 3d, 1863, where they remained concealed as much as possible, and erected batteries to command those of the enemy on the south end of Morris Island. With the foregoing explanations, we will proceed to relate what followed, namely, the attack on the enemy's works by the Army and Navy. At 4 A. M. of July 10th, 1863, four iron-clads — the Catskill, Commander George W. Rodgers, Montauk, Commander Donald McN. Fairfax, Nahant, Commander John Downes, and the Weehawken, Commander E. R. Colhoun, pas
August 17th (search for this): chapter 37
the advance of the fleet, and the greatest watchfulness was required to avoid them; but these measures did not affect the movements of General Gillmore, who, on August 17th, opened fire on Sumter with all his guns, over Wagner and the intervening space. About the same time Rear-Admiral Dahlgren, with the Weehawken, carrying his y damaged in a short time that they would not be able to repair them. The bombardment of Fort Sumter may be said to have commenced in earnest from this date, August 17th, with what result can be better judged from the bulletins that were issued day after day in Charleston, as the following: Charleston, Thursday, August 20ts loss very sorely, and could ill supply the place of so efficient an officer. He was one of those to whose gallantry there were no bounds. In the action of August 17th, the ironclads, though frequently hit, suffered no material injury. The Catskill was struck thirteen times, with the casualties already mentioned. The Ironsid
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