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October 26th, 1863 AD (search for this): chapter 50
ed and transport Maple-Leaf. hazardous cutting-out expeditions. hot receptions from masked batteries. capture of U. S. Steamer water Witch and River-boat Columbine. treatment received by Assistant Surgeon Pierson. prisoners exposed in dangerous places. failure of expedition to cut railroads. Miscellaneous expeditions. blockade of whole Southern coast. extremities of Confederate armies, etc. vessels and officers of South Atlantic blockading Squadron, January, 1864. On the 26th of October, 1863, General Gillmore opened fire upon Fort Sumter from his battery on Morris Island, his object being to complete the reduction of this work, drive out the garrison, and occupy it with Union troops. This, as a matter of sentiment, might have been a good move; but, as the Confederates still commanded Fort Sumter with the guns of Fort Moultrie and other batteries, they could have rendered the place untenable, as they did in the time of Colonel Anderson. But the Navy was desirous of per
July 6th, 1863 AD (search for this): chapter 50
ons in Charleston harbor, or made his way past the batteries (thus verifying the assertion of Admiral DuPont, that the force of Monitors was not equal to the occasion), he had shown great pertinacity in sticking to the work assigned him, and had given all the aid in his power to the land-batteries under General Gillmore. The following review of the services of Admiral Dahlgren when in command of the South Atlantic squadron will give a fair insight into the value of his work: On the 6th of July, 1863, Rear-Admiral DuPont delivered to Rear-Admiral Dahlgren the command of the forces occupying the coast of South Carolina, Georgia, and part of Florida. This force, which consisted of 70 vessels of all classes, was scattered along the coast for a distance of 300 miles; there was no concentration, the object being rather to distribute the vessels in such amanner as to enforce an efficient blockade. When Dahlgren took command, the Navy Department was much more liberal towards him than i
it down. Towards the close of the year 1864, owing to the stringent blockade of the whole Southern coast by the Navy, except at the entrance to Wilmington, the Confederate States began to be placed in great distress for the want of food to supply their armies, and at one time there was a prospect of their being starved into submission, even without victories by the Federal armies. In the early part of May there were on hand but two days rations for Lee's army at Richmond, and on the 23d of June only thirteen days rations, showing how the Navy had cut off the foreign supply; and to meet the demand, and keep the Confederate army from disbanding, the Commissary-General had to offer market rates for wheat then growing in the fields. A great deal of this distress and exhaustion of supplies was, however, owing to the exhaustion of Virginia. The prevalence of droughts, and the fact that the crops all over the State had been destroyed by the Federal armies, rendered it very difficul
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