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Craig's Hill (Washington, United States) (search for this): chapter 45
working parties nearest Battery Wagner, interfering with and putting a stop for the time to their progress. Fort Sumter and Battery Simkins also kept up a steady fire on the approaches. The enemy replied from his land batteries, Parrotts, and mortars, doing some damage to the bomb-proofs, but without inflicting any casualty on our side. On the morning of the twelfth, the enemy opened with two-hundred-pound Parrott shot and shell upon Fort Sumter from his batteries near the foot of Craig's Hill, on Morris Island, a distance of about five thousand yards. Wherever the shot struck light masonry it did serious damage. The heavy masonry of concrete and the revetments of sand were not materially damaged. The fort was struck seventeen times. The transport steamer Hibben, lying at the wharf of Fort Sumter, was shot through her boiler, scalding and injuring nine negro hands on board. The enemy was observed from Battery Wagner building a work at their extreme left. Colonel Rhett, c
Lighthouse Creek (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 45
aster, with the assistance of the navy. The enemy having established an annoying picket guard at an unfinished battery at the mouth of Vincent's Creek, he was attacked, at about nine o'clock, by a party from the navy and from the Twenty-fifth South Carolina volunteers, under Lieutenant Commanding Warley of the Confederate States steamer Chicora, Captain Sellers commanding the land forces. The party proceeded in four boats, guided by Mr. J. Fraser Mathews, to the northern entrance of Lighthouse Creek, where Captain Sellers landed and proceeded against the enemy's. picket. Lieutenant Warley, with two boats, went round to the mouth of Vincent's Creek to cut of the enemy's barges. A brisk skirmish ensued, which resulted in the capture of one boat, with one Captain and ten non-commissioned officers and privates of the enemy, of which the Captain and four non-commissioned officers and privates were wounded, one mortally. The remainder of the enemy's party were driven off in another bo
Wilmington, N. C. (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 45
us evening. About nine o'clock, the Keokuk, which had been evidently the most damaged in the action, went down about three and one-half miles from Fort Sumter and three-fourths of a mile from Morris Island. The remainder of the fleet were repairing damages. Preparations for repulsing a renewed attack were progressed with in accordance with the instructions of the commanding General, who visited Fort Sumter on that day. A detachment of seamen, under Flag-Officer W. F. Lynch, arrived from Wilmington, and, on the ninth, temporarily relieved the artillerists in charge of the Cummins' Point battery. The operations of the enemy's fleet consisted only in supply and repair. Toward evening of the ninth, a raft, apparently for removing torpedoes or obstructions, was towed inside of the bar. Nothing of importance occurred during the tenth. During the night of the tenth, Lieutenant-Colonel Dargan, of Colonel Graham's command, crossed Light-House Inlet, drove back the enemy's pickets with l
Stone River (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 45
batteries under construction. The remaining guns are being protected with traverses, merlons and embrasures. The officers' quarters on the gorge of the fort (south face) have been filled up with wet cotton bags and sand, and a chemise of sand bags is being added to the scarp wall of the same face, to extend, if practicable, from bottom to top. The defective lines on James Island are also to be shortened by the construction of a new line of redans and redoubts from Secessionville to the Stone River, long since contemplated, but not executed for want of labor. Herewith are papers, marked A, B, C, D, E, F, connected with the defence of Morris Island during the present attack. G. T. Beauregard. headquarters Department of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, Charleston, July 15, 1863. It is reported Gilmore will open fire in the morning, and attempt an assault afterwards. Will be assisted by fleet. Be on watch and prepared. Thomas Jordan, Chief of Staff. Official: H. H. Roge
Tennessee (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 45
the implements of each gun which is not firing, and should spike securely all the guns of smaller calibre, destroy the elevating screws, and render the carriages unserviceable. It will be well to ram a shot or shell down without cartridge, first inserting a small wedge of wood, to cause the ball to stick in its position. The ten-inch columbiads, if not removed, must be destroyed. They must be burst, if possible. It is intended to send down a few two-hundred-and-ten-pound bolts, with Tennessee caps. If these come, put in two cartridges, with two bolts, prime with powder, and lash a small cartridge over the vent, with a slow match inserted. Let the matches be fired at the same time with the magazines. It will be well to cut through the braces of the carriage, and put all the eccentric wheels in gear. If the bolts do not come, put in two cartridges, two solid shot, another cartridge, and then fill the gun up to the muzzle, priming and arranging the safety-fuses as before. O
Morris Island (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 45
. Graham, commanding Third subdivision, on Morris Island, and Colonel L. M. Keitt, commanding Sullirs, in all eleven pieces. There were on Morris Island, besides two companies of artillery under General Hagood in command of our troops on Morris Island, but the fire of the enemy interfered seriith the columbiads at the enemy's works on Morris Island, and working parties in the marsh, having mpt at a further assault upon our works on Morris Island. From the twenty-first to the twenty-four C, D, E, F, connected with the defence of Morris Island during the present attack. G. T. Beaurega 1863. Brigadier-General W. B. Taliaferro, Morris Island: General: The batteries designed to renColonel Harris, who had frequently visited Morris Island during the operations, and was present duron as the transportation of the whole from Morris Island shall have been finished. A fast boat tntention to land troops at that work, from Morris Island. All the batteries must be notified of [84 more...]
Nantucket (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 45
nemy moved forward to the attack, in single file--seven single-turreted monitors, to wit: Weehawken, Catskill, Montauk, Nantucket, Passaic, Nahant, and Patapsco, the Keokuk with two fixed turrets, and the New Ironsides — the Weehawken leading, the Nopied from United States Journals:  Rounds. New Ironsides fired8 Catskill fired25 Keokuk fired3 Montauk fired26 Nantucket fired15 Passaic fired9 Nahant fired24 Weehawken fired26 Patapsco fired18   Total154 New Ironsides received of sh5 Keokuk received of shots90 Weehawken received of shots60 Montauk received of shots20 Passaic received of shots58 Nantucket received of shots51 Catskill received of shots51 Patapsco received of shots45 Nahant received of shots80   Total52, carrying (supposed) two guns in each, presumed to be the Montauk, Passaic, Weehawkeh, Patapsco, Nahant, Catskill, and Nantucket, which took position from nine hundred to fifteen hundred yards from Fort Sumter. They steamed up main ship channel
Joseph A. Yates (search for this): chapter 45
and three hundred and ninety-nine shots. At the same time, Fort Sumter discharged eight hundred and ten shots; making the total number of shots fired two thousand two hundred and nine, of which the enemy reports that five hundred and twenty struck the different vessels — a most satisfactory accuracy, when the smallness of the target is considered. This precision was due not only to the discipline and practice of the garrison engaged, but in no slight degree to an invention of Lieutenant-Colonel Joseph A. Yates, First regiment South Carolina artillery, which had been applied to many of our best guns, and which shall, as fast as possible, be arranged for all the heavy ordnance in the department. By this felicitous device, our guns were easily held trained upon the monitors, although the latter were constantly in movement, and this with but five men at the heaviest pieces. The reports of the engineers (herewith) will show the precise extent of the damage inflicted on Fort Sumter. It
y and wood. One of the negroes engaged at work at the fort, who was sitting on the berme of the western face, was wounded by a brick knocked from the parapet and falling upon his head. At Moultrie one man was killed by the falling of the flag-staff when shot away. At Battery Wagner an ammunition chest in the angle of the parapet and traverse, in the chamber of the thirty-two pounder, exploded from the blast of the gun, killing three men, mortally wounding one, slightly wounding Lieutenant Steadman, in charge of the gun, and three men; blew them about twenty feet, cracked the traverses, threw the shot from the pile of balls in every direction, and slightly damaged the chassis. I arrived at Fort Sumter about two o'clock at night after the engagement, and found Mr. E. J. White, of the engineer department, busily engaged building in the casemates, first and second tiers, behind the damaged walls, with sand bags; several of them were completed and considerably strengthened. This
J. R. Tucker (search for this): chapter 45
ielded so effectually. The Confederate States iron-clad ships, Palmetto State and Chicora, under the command of Captain J. R. Tucker, C. S. N., as soon as the enemy advanced to the attack, took their positions (previously arranged), ready to perfoans of small boats, manned by crews from the navy. These performed their duty well, and my thanks are due to Flag Officer J. R. Tucker, C. S. N., and the officers and men of his command, for the valuable assistance rendered. The fourth passed whiz around us, but doing no harm. Bearing towards Fort Sumter, I proceeded to flagsteamer Charleston, and notified Captain Tucker that the evacuation af Morris Island was accomplished, and requesting him to give the rocket signal to our batteries.ery Wagner and inspect and report its condition for further defence. His report is appended, marked C. Meantime, Flag Officer Tucker was conferred with and called on for such means of assistance in the withdrawal of the garrison as were at his dis
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