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Vincent Creek (Washington, United States) (search for this): chapter 45
rs kept up a continued shelling throughout the day, with but slight intermissions when they had suffered from the sea fronts of Wagner and Gregg. In the evening the enemy succeeded in setting fire to the wreck of the steam-scow Manigault, in Vincent Creek. On the fourteenth, two regiments, under Brigadier-General A. H. Colquitt, arrived, which were sent to James Island to reinforce Brigadier-General Hagood's command. Brigadier-General Clingman's command, consisting of the Eighth, Thirty-ficouriers having left without permission. There was no light kept at Gregg, so I could not well note the hour. With two or three boats, I now anxiously waited for Captain Huguenin's party. Finally, perceiving that the enemy's barges, from Vincent Creek, were attacking our boats with musketry, I ordered the safety-fuse to the magazine of Battery Gregg to be lighted. It was lit; the firing then ceased. As I desired the explosions at both batteries to be simultaneous, as ordered, I ordered C
Ashley River (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 45
ssed. The batteries and shelters on Sullivan's Island have advanced to completion, and the heavy guns and mortars, which have been received and secured from Fort Sumter, have been placed in position, manned, and provided with ammunition as far as possible. A strong front has been made to command the channel, should the enemy succeed in overpowering the brave defenders of Batteries Wagner, Gregg and Fort Sumter. Preparations have been made for placing heavy batteries along the shores of Ashley River, from Fort Johnson, west, to command the inner harbor and channels. All batteries which would bear upon the enemy have been served with as much vigor as circumstances would permit, and his attack confined to as narrow limits as possible. During this twenty days progress of the siege, the conduct of the troops and their commanders has been admirable. Brigadier-General Hagood and Colonels Keitt and Harrison, who have commanded the advanced posts on Morris Island, during the period of
Port Royal (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 45
H. Echols, Provisional Engineer corps. The accumulation of the enemy's troops, transports, and iron-clad vessels at Port Royal, during the months of February and March, and subsequently, in the North Edisto and Stono Rivers, having convinced me tthem hors de combat, and one of them, the Passaic, so disabled as to make it necessary to send her under tow at once to Port Royal. On the following morning, the full extent of the injury done to the Keokuk was shown, as she sunk at her anchors inew Ironsides to resume her position as one of the blockading fleet, and the monitors (four of them in tow) to return to Port Royal. For the detail of this conflict, I beg to refer you to the several reports herewith submitted, but it may not be amhis season of the year, were uncomfortable and badly ventilated. About noon one of the turrets went south, probably to Port Royal, for repairs or for the security of that place against our iron-clads from Savannah. The Ironsides has kept up a ful
Folly Island, S. C. (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 45
enemy's force in the Stono, and information from North Edisto, gave warning that the long threatened combined movement upon Charleston was about to take place. Brigadier-General S. R. Gist, commanding First subdivision of this district, James Island and St. Andrews, took prompt measures for the observation and repulse of any attack in that direction. Colonel R. T. Graham, commanding Third subdivision, occupied the shore of Morris Island on Light House inlet, to control the passage from Folly Island, and a strict watch has been kept up to the present time on the land movements of the enemy. On the fifth, the iron-clad fleet of the abolitionists, consisting of seven monitors and one double-turreted vessel, hove in sight from Fort Sumter, and came to anchor outside, in the vicinity of the Ironsides frigate, then a part of the blockading squadron. The sixth was apparently spent by the enemy in preparation, and by our artillerists in verifying the condition of their material. On the
Savannah (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 45
f battle in which they approached — the first one about two and a half miles from Sumter, and one and a half miles from Morris Island. Men were visible all day on the turret of one, hammering, evidently repairing her plating. Wind sails were set, indicating that their quarters, even at this season of the year, were uncomfortable and badly ventilated. About noon one of the turrets went south, probably to Port Royal, for repairs or for the security of that place against our iron-clads from Savannah. The Ironsides has kept up a full head of steam since the engagement, as can be seen by her constantly blowing off. Three holes are distinctly seen in her stern, two just above the water-line. The Devil floated ashore on Morris Island — the cables by which it was attached to the turret's bow were cut away. It is probable that the Devil, becoming unmanageable, was the cause of the turret retiring early from the action — it being a massive structure, consisting of two layers of white p<
Providence, R. I. (Rhode Island, United States) (search for this): chapter 45
ork of repair and preparation was proceeded with during the night, and at daylight on the eighteenth, the enemy's land and sea batteries opened a feu d'enfer upon the devoted work. The practice was rapid in the extreme, from the Ironsides, from the monitors, and from all the wooden gunboats which, without exposing themselves, could get the range. According to Brigadier-General Taliaferro's estimate, over nine thousand shot and shell were thrown; but, as if by the special interposition of Providence, our loss was slight. Indications of an assault at dusk were apparent, and the guns of Sumter and Battery Gregg were in preparation to open fire over Battery Wagner on the columns of the enemy. Brigadier-General Hagood was relieved from the command of James Island, to be in readiness to support or relieve Brigadier-General Taliaferro, and Colonel Harrison's Thirty-second regiment of Georgians proceeded to the reinforcement and relief of the garrison. While in passage, the assault commen
Weehawken (New Jersey, United States) (search for this): chapter 45
April, in the afternoon, the enemy 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 New Ironsides fifth in the order of battle. By three o'clock P. M., the head of the line had come within easy range of Forts Sumter and Moultrie, and Batteries Beauregard, Bee, and Cummins' Point, and Wagner ; a few min Ironsides fired8 Catskill fired25 Keokuk fired3 Montauk fired26 Nantucket fired15 Passaic fired9 Nahant fired24 Weehawken fired26 Patapsco fired18   Total154 New Ironsides received of shots65 Keokuk received of shots90 Weehawken receivWeehawken 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   Total520 Thomas Jordan, Chief of Staff. Report o
Sullivan's Island (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 45
ore than a year, engaged at the works on Sullivan's Island. Besides these, various officers of engtenant W. E. Hane, Adjutant of Forces on Sullivan's Island: Sir: I have the honor to submit the tt of the part taken by the batteries of Sullivan's Island in the action of the Seventh of April. headquarters, Sullivan's Island, April 13, 1863. Captain Green, A. A. G.: Captain: I had the commandants of the various batteries on Sullivan's Island engaged in the action of the seventh ins stores were removed from Fort Sumter to Sullivan's Island. Early on the morning of the eighteenmmunition was transported from Sumter to Sullivan's Island. Batteries Cheves and Simkins had kepogressed. The batteries and shelters on Sullivan's Island have advanced to completion, and the heakeep up easy communication with the works on Sullivan's and James Islands, in view of which it was td five monitors, took positions close to Sullivan's Island, and engaged Fort Moultrie, and the batt[5 more...]
Secessionville (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 45
emoved to arm the new 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. O
Colorado (Colorado, United States) (search for this): chapter 45
is number many were distinctly seen to strike the vessels aimed at, and it is believed doing serious damage in many instances. At half-past 5 P. M., the enemy's fleet withdrew, and all firing ceased. The officers and men of this command did their duty. I am happy to state that no casualties occurred at this battery, and believe the command to be as effective as it was prior to the engagement. I have the honor to be, very respectfully, Your obedient servant, J. C. Simkins, Lieut.-Col., commanding. Report of Lieutenant W. S. Glassell of visit to the Keokuk. C. S. Gunboat Chicora, Charleston harbor, April 13th, 1863. Brigadier-General Ripley: General: Having made a visit to the Keokuk this morning, with a view to observing the effect of your batteries upon her iron turrets, I succeeded in procuring the trophies, which it affords me much pleasure to forward to you, viz.: two United States flags, two pennants, and three signal flags. Several other articles were al
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