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Grand Gulf (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 29
ly 4, 1863. meeting of the officers of the Army and Navy on board the flag-ship Black Hawk. letters from General Sherman to Admiral Porter. generous terms granted the besieged after the capture of Vicksburg. true history. harmony in Army and Navy co-operation. last words of Grant. detailed report of Rear-Admiral Porter. congratulatory letter of Secretary Welles. As the Army had marched from Bruensburg, and was well on the way to Vicksburg, Admiral Porter changed his station from Grand Gulf to the flag-ship Black Hawk at the mouth of the Yazoo River, ready to co-operate with the Army the moment it should make its appearance in the rear of Vicksburg. Two iron-clads were left at the mouth of the Red River, blocking it up closely, which sealed the fate of Port Hudson. No more supplies would get to the Confederates from that quarter. One iron-clad was left at Carthage, three at Warrenton, (where the enemy aimed at building heavy works), and two or three in the Yazoo. No
Vicksburg (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 29
munication with General Grant in the Rear of Vicksburg, and occupies Haines' Bluff. midnight attac from Bruensburg, and was well on the way to Vicksburg, Admiral Porter changed his station from Grait should make its appearance in the rear of Vicksburg. Two iron-clads were left at the mouth ofgeneral attack upon the Confederate works at Vicksburg at 10 A. M. the next day. He had closely inv was all over on the Union side, the city of Vicksburg was as quiet as the grave — not a soul could satisfied were the Confederate leaders that Vicksburg was the key to this great network of water wo we owe immediate thanks for the capture of Vicksburg; but the Army was much facilitated by the Nartaking. The late investment and capture of Vicksburg will be characterized as one of the greatestun-boat expedition or in the trenches before Vicksburg, engineering, when the general-commanding asast year the key to the Mississippi has been Vicksburg, and so satisfied of this was the rebel chie[48 more...]
Louisiana (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 29
od they could get served out to them there. The trials and privations which the Confederates suffered at this time can only be described by those who took part in the defence. The day on which they surrendered was a day of jubilee to them, for the Federal commanders served out full rations to everybody, which were eaten with an enjoyment that can only be realized by people who have been on quarter rations for a month. Every effort was made to bring relief to the Confederates through Louisiana. General Price had been moving about some twelve miles from Young's Point among the swamps and bayous, and it was reported that he intended to seize Young's Point with some ten thousand men and try to provision Vicksburg by the front. There was only a small force of Federal troops at Young's Point and Milliken's Bend at this time, and Price might have gained a partial success, but nothing substantial. One attempt was made on Milliken's Bend, and quite a number of the garrison killed,
Washington (United States) (search for this): chapter 29
the trenches before Vicksburg, engineering, when the general-commanding asked for volunteers from the Navy. They have added to our collection of maps many geographical corrections which are valuable, and they have proved to me that no squadron can operate effectively without a good corps of surveyors. I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant, David D. Porter, Acting Rear-Admiral, Commanding Mississippi Squadron. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, Washington, D. C. Congratulatory letter to Rear--Admiral Porter on the surrender of Vicksburg. Navy Department, July 13, 1863. Sir-Your dispatch of the 4th instant announcing the surrender of Vicksburg on the anniversary of the great historic day in our national annals, has been received. The fall of that place insures a severance of the rebel territory, and must give to the country the speedy uninterrupted navigation of the rivers which water and furnish the ocean outlet to the great ce
Port Hudson (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 29
Vicksburg. Two iron-clads were left at the mouth of the Red River, blocking it up closely, which sealed the fate of Port Hudson. No more supplies would get to the Confederates from that quarter. One iron-clad was left at Carthage, three at Wahe Army and Navy started out to capture Vicksburg the Mississippi was closed against the Federal forces from Helena to Port Hudson. This latter place fell shortly after the surrender of Vicksburg and the river was thus open to the sea. There wasver accord to me the exhibition of a pure and unselfish zeal in the service of our country. It does seem to me that Port Hudson, without facilities for supplies or interior communication, must soon follow the fate of Vicksburg and leave the riverdoubly unassailable from their immense height above the bed of the river. The fall of Vicksburg insured the fall of Port Hudson and the opening of the Mississippi River, which, I am happy to say, can be traversed from its source to its mouth, wit
Francis M. Ramsey (search for this): chapter 29
eries were all silenced and deserted, and the gun boats moved up and down the river without having a shot fired at them, showing the moral effect of the first attack. The attack of the Cincinnati Lieutenant-Commander Bache, on the outer water battery will long be ranked among the most gallant events of this war; and though Lieutenant Bache had the misfortune to have his vessel sunk under him, he well deserves the handsome commendations bestowed upon him by the Department. To Lieutenant-Commander Ramsey, of the Choctaw, was assigned the management of three heavy guns placed on scows and anchored in a position to command the town and water batteries. Every gun the enemy could bring to bear on these boats was fired incessantly at them, but without one moment's cessation of fire on the part of our seamen, though the enemy's shots and shells fell like hail among them. This floating battery completely enfiladed the enemy s batteries and rifle-pits in front of General Sherman, and ma
J. E. Johnston (search for this): chapter 29
hat warmth of feeling and hospitality that delights the heart of a sailor. The leader, who with his Army had achieved the greatest victory of the war, now received the congratulations of the officers of both Army and Navy, and although no one would judge from his manner that anything remarkable had happened yet he must have felt that this was the triumph of his life. Sherman was one of those whose absence was regretted by all, but he was off with a division of the Army in pursuit of General Johnston, who had been lingering in the vicinity of Jackson in hopes of rendering aid to the besieged. He was too formidable an enemy to be allowed to remain near the prize which had been so hardly won, and Sherman had gone to show him that he must move his headquarters somewhere else. But even while engaged on so important a duty, Sherman did not forget those of the Navy with whom he had co-operated for so many months, and he wrote a letter to the Admiral in which he expressed his satisfact
Alexander M. Grant (search for this): chapter 29
. Admiral Porter opens communication with General Grant in the Rear of Vicksburg, and occupies Hai in Army and Navy co-operation. last words of Grant. detailed report of Rear-Admiral Porter. conmiral Porter received a communication from General Grant to the effect that he intended to make a gf the officers commanding divisions, or of General Grant, and whenever officers and men could be sp purpose which always leads to success. General Grant never undertook any movement without consu any other military and naval co-operation. Grant and Porter were of assimilated rank, and neithicksburg, were disposed to find fault with General Grant for not being more demonstrative in his ree eulogy on the performances of the Army. But Grant, in his last days, did not forget the great hehose naval officers who for a time doubted General Grant's generosity. Words of ordinary praise coish of his commendations. Those last words of Grant's were grains of gold, and will go down in his[15 more...]
David McArthur (search for this): chapter 29
they fought the batteries for two hours and a half, more than twice as long as was required, and with what success will be seen from the following letter of General McArthur. Headquarters, 6Th Division, 17Th Army Corps, In Field Near Vicksburg, Miss., May 23, 1863. Admiral — I received your communication with regard to ss position; at any rate I will try. . . . . . . . . . . . . I am, your obedient servant, I. Mcarthur, Brig.-Gen. Com'ding 6th Division, 17th Corps. Had Gen. McArthur been let alone, and not been prevented from occupying the works from which the Navy had driven the Confederates, he would have kept possession of every fort ont fire from the Army and Navy guns in the rear was kept up, day and night, and a 6-inch rifle battery taken from the gun-boats was served with great skill by General McArthur on the left flank. General Mc-Pherson had blown up what was called the citadel of the Confederate works, and mounted on the debris four 9-inch guns from the
William R. Hoel (search for this): chapter 29
wn themselves to be most able officers. I feel no apprehension at any time with regard to movements in that quarter. Had it not been for the activity and energy displayed by Lieutenant-Commander Fitch, Captain Pennock and Lieutenant-Commander Phelps, General Rosecrans would have been left without provisions. To Captain Walke, Commander Woodworth, Lieutenant-Commanders Breese, Foster, Greer, Shirk, Owen, Wilson, Walker, Bache, Murphy, Selfridge, Prichett, Ramsay and Acting-Volunteer-Lieutenant Hoel, I feel much indebted for their active and energetic attention to all my orders, and their ready co-operation with the Army corps commanders, at all times, which enabled them to carry out their plans successfully. The Benton, Lieutenant-Commander Greer, Mound City, Lieutenant Byron Wilson, Tuscumbia, Lieutenant-Commander Shirk. Carondelet, Acting Lieutenant Murphy, and the Sterling Price, Commander Woodworth, have been almost constantly under fire of the batteries at Vicksburg since
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