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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 8: capture of Fernandina and the coast South of Georgia. (search)
ime the most powerful shells and shell guns that had ever been known. These guns, as they were used at Port Royal, gave an example of the manner in which our heavily-armed gunboats could deal with earth-works; for it was here proven that the defenders of a fortification would all be killed if they attempted to stand to their guns in the face of such a fire as could be poured into them from naval vessels. It was conclusively shown that our wooden steamers, armed with nine and eleven-inch Dahlgren guns, could engage the most formidable batteries on shore, with a good prospect of success. In those days gunboats were improvised by the hundred, and if the government had been so minded, all the smaller earth-works along the Southern coast could have been easily made to yield to the Dahlgren guns. One result of the victory at Port Royal was our obtaining possession of the famous sea islands, which, through slave labor, had so enriched their proprietors; and it was upon these planter
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 19: battle of the forts and capture of New Orleans. (search)
steamers now attempted to board, one on our starboard bow, the other astern; a third on our starboard beam. The 11-inch Dahlgren being trained on this fellow, we fired at a range of thirty yards. The effect was very destructive; he immediately steermand. We were struck forty-two times. Both masts are so badly hurt as to be unfit for further service. Our 11-inch Dahlgren carriage struck, but still fit for duty; the smokestack perforated, but not materially injured; all other damages have bourse, and as soon as Fort Jackson bore abeam of us, about four hundred yards distant, commenced firing with the 11-inch Dahlgren pivot and Parrott rifles at the flashes of the enemy's guns, that being the only guide by which to distinguish their post the only guns that were much used were the rifled guns, of which there were three, and the four 10-inch columbiads and Dahlgren 8-inch guns, eight in number. The mortars (in the fort) fired occasionally. One of the rifled guns, mounted on the for
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 21: capture of New Orleans.--first attack on Vicksburg by Farragut's fleet and mortar flotilla.--junction of flag-officers Farragut and Davis above Vicksburg.--ram Arkansas. (search)
ed, you answered No, sir; not on any account. It affords me great pleasure to bear witness to the excellent deportment of my officers and men; a more cool, or a braver set of men, was never on board of any vessel. We were hulled but twice, one shot taking effect below water, on our starboard bow; and we received some damage to our rigging. We have no casualties on board. We expended, in the action, 28 nine-inch shells, 41 nine-inch shrapnel, 62 Hotchkiss eighty-pound rifle shells, 3 Dahlgren eighty-pound rifle shells, 14 Parrott thirty-pound rifle shells. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, Thos. T. Craven, Captain. Flag-officer D. G. Farragut, Commanding Western Gulf Blockading Squadron, United States Ship Hartford, above Vicksburg. United States Gun-Boat Katahdin, Below Vicksburg, Mississippi River, June 29, 1862. Sir — Agreeably to your order of this date, I have to report that I received no orders to follow the flag-ship up the river, nor any written ord
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 25: capture of Fort Hindman or Arkansas Post. (search)
n the fort. This could not very well be the case, but the gun-boats Louisville, Lieutenant-Commander Owen, the De Kalb, Lieutenant-Commander Walker, and the Cincinnati, Lieutenant-Commander George Bache, were ordered to go up within 400 yards, while the smaller vessels were to follow and use their howitzers as circumstances would admit. Arkansas Post was a large, well constructed fort built with the best engineering skill. It mounted thirteen guns: two teninch Columbiads, one nine-inch Dahlgren, and ten rifled guns of various calibres. The Columbiads were mounted in casemates covered in with four layers of heavy railroad iron, neatly fitted together to offer a smooth surface, and slanting iron roof to make the shot glance off. These were simply after the plan of the iron-clads afloat and were formidable structures. The nine-inch gun was mounted in an embrasure protected by sand-bags, as were the ten rifled guns. All the guns except one bore down the river and on the vessels c
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 32: Navy Department.--energies displayed.--building of iron-clads (search)
cutting down some of our heavy steamships and converting them into iron-clads. Mr. Fox bends all his energies towards introducing iron-clads into the Navy. Mr. Lenthall Chief-constructor. Mr. Isherwood Chief of Bureau of engineering. Rear-Admiral Dahlgren and his guns. Mr. Fox introduces the 15-inch gun into the Navy. Ericsson's claim as an inventor. Congress wakes up in regard to the requirements of the Navy. citizens to whom credit was due. twenty single and four double turreted monn the character of our ordnance, which was the best of its kind in the world — we refer to the 11-inch and 9-inch smooth-bore — rifled cannon had not at that time made such an advance as to satisfy us that it would be the gun of the future. Admiral Dahlgren, who had brought our naval ordnance to a state of perfection, considered the 11-inch the most powerful gun in the world; and having accomplished what he considered the grandest feat of gun-making in modern times, he was contented to rest upo
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 33: (search)
y the U. S. S. Weehawken. Admiral Dupont retires from command of the South Atlantic Squadron and is succeeded by Rear-Admiral Dahlgren. Secretary Welles' letter to Rear-Admiral Dupont on his giving up his command. list of officers who served undeing the energy in the attack on Sumter which characterized subsequent proceedings; but it must be remembered that Rear-Admiral Dahlgren, who relieved Dupont, with the light of the latter's experience to guide him, accomplished no more than his predeck the forts, gradually weakening their defence till, on the day when Gilmore expected to make the final assault, Rear-Admiral Dahlgren, the successor of Dupont, reported that he had knocked the fort into sand-heaps under the fire of the land and naigence; and on the 4th of July, 1863, at his own request, he was relieved from the command of the squadron by Rear-Admiral John A. Dahlgren. In the later communications which passed between Rear-Admiral Dupont and the Secretary of the Navy, some
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 36: operations of the South Atlantic Squadron under Rear-Admiral Dahlgren, 1863.--operations in Charleston harbor, etc. (search)
the circumstances of the case. Rear-Admiral John A. Dahlgren. Therefore, when Rear-Admiral Daf defence remained pretty much the same after Dahlgren's accession as they were on the day DuPont atgements were all completed he notified Rear-Admiral Dahlgren that he was ready to open fire. Theand Catskill. No mention is made in Rear-Admiral Dahlgren's report of the establishment of a navocated in the swamp. On August 23d, Rear-Admiral Dahlgren got underway and moved the Monitors to the north end of Morris Island, while Rear-Admiral Dahlgren thought he could pass the batteries wihe Ironsides should move pari passu with him. Dahlgren thought he could go alone, regardless of the oats to carry the sailors and marines, Rear-Admiral Dahlgren learned for the first time that Gillmoed that when this information was received by Dahlgren it was late in the evening, and, owing to the effectually closed. The iron-clads, under Dahlgren, never came within the great circle of fire o[37 more...]
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 38: review of the work done by the Navy in the year 1863. (search)
er supplies in that quarter. The Navy Department had made great efforts to capture the heavy defences inside Charleston bar, and Rear-Admiral DuPont had made a vigorous attack with his iron-clads and Monitors on the heaviest line of works; but, owing to the destructive fire of the enemy and the insufficiency of his force of vessels, DuPont very properly withdrew. The wisdom of his course was subsequently shown during the combined Army and Navy operations against Charleston, under Rear-Admiral Dahlgren and Brigadier-General Gillmore. On the later occasion, sixty siege-guns were brought to bear on the enemy, and Fort Sumter was reduced to pulp, yet the difficulties of an advance of the naval vessels were so great owing to the obstructions in the channel, that notwithstanding the energy and bravery of the commander-in-chief, his officers and men, at the end of 1863 Charleston still remained in possession of the Confederates, although practically useless to the latter. If the Fede
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 39: Miscellaneous operations, land and sea.--operations in the Nansemond, Cape Fear, Pamunky, Chucka Tuck and James Rivers.--destruction of blockade-runners.--adventures of Lieutenant Cushing, etc. (search)
, but there was more method in them than appeared on the surface, and important information was sometimes obtained, to say nothing of the brilliant example of courage and enterprise which they afforded to others. On March 8th Acting-Rear-Admiral Lee accompanied General Butler to Yorktown to arrange a joint military and naval expedition, to operate, first, up the Pamunky River against the Confederate forces near King and Queen Court House, which had attacked the party under command of Colonel Dahlgren, and killed that officer; and, second, against a force of the enemy reported as about to make an expedition from the peninsula. Owing, however, to constant fogs, the gun-boats could not co-operate with the Army, and the Confederates, finding themselves about to be surrounded. retreated from the peninsula. A few nights later, a boat expedition, under Acting-Masters Williams and Wilder, of tie Commodore Barney and Minnesota, respectively, ascended the Chuckatuck Creek, and captured a
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 40: (search)
moment the ram struck the Southfield with her prow on the starboard bow, causing the latter vessel to sink rapidly. Both vessels had opened on the ram, as soon as she appeared in sight, with solid shot from their 100-pounder rifles and 11-inch Dahlgren guns, without making any perceptible impression on the Albemarle's armor. Lieutenant-Commander Flusser fired the first three shots himself, the third shot being a 10-second Dahlgren 11-inch shell. Directly after, Flusser was killed by a fragmeDahlgren 11-inch shell. Directly after, Flusser was killed by a fragment of a shell — whether from the ram or from one of the Miami's rebounding from the Albemarle's armor is doubtful — and the command of the Miami devolved upon Acting-Master William N. Wells. The pressure of the ram between the two vessels broke the fastenings with which they were joined, and as many of the Southfield's men as could do so got on board the Miami, which vessel rapidly retreated down the river, followed by the Whitehead and Ceres, the ram not appearing to make more than four knot
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