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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 30: (search)
to drive off the Federal squadron from below Vicksburg and thereby cause the siege to be raised — while Haines' Bluff could block the way with its guns and the huge raft which filled up the Yazoo River for half a mile. The Confederates worked on their iron-clads without molestation, and even when General Grant had gained the rear of Vicksburg they relied on General J. E. Johnston's army to protect them while they completed the work on the rams. If the Arkansas, which ran the gauntlet of Farragut and Davis' squadrons, was a specimen of the iron-clad that could be built at Yazoo City, the Federals had cause to congratulate themselves that the Yazoo was open by the evacuation of Haines' Bluff, and the last attempt of the Confederates to carry on naval operations in that quarter abandoned. At the same time that the expedition was sent up the Yazoo another was dispatched up the Red River, ascending the Black and Tensas Rivers. Lieutenant-Commander Selfridge penetrated to the head of
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 31: operations of Farragut's vessels on the coast of Texas, etc. (search)
f the Army and Navy defeated at Sabine Pass. Farragut blockades Red River in the Hartford. captureort Hudson. General remarks. While Flag-officer Farragut was engaged in the operations before Vcoast had been indifferently carried on while Farragut was confined to his operations in the Mississ interfere with them until August, 1862, when Farragut sent down a small force of sailing-vessels an closed against the Federal vessels. While Farragut was away up the Mississippi, after the passagd by the Navy, and also that, notwithstanding Farragut was not at New Orleans himself to conduct math him to pass the batteries or not. Before Farragut's departure overland he had sent an expeditioh by his perseverance he succeeded in doing. Farragut blamed him for leaving his ship to go after afrom her. The last of the reports from Admiral Farragut to the Navy Department, published in the eries, twelve miles below Donaldsonville, and Farragut says of him: Commander Reed was one of the mo[18 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)
derate armies by way of the Florida coast. The duties of Rear-Admiral Farragut, in command of the West Gulf squadron, had been extremely hmemorable battle below New Orleans and the surrender of that city, Farragut made a junction with the squadron of Flag-officer Davis above Vickthat was sent to support him been as large as it should have been, Farragut would have had the satisfaction of capturing Vicksburg. The milital, was too small to effect anything by an attack on the city; and Farragut, after subjecting his squadron to the fire of the enemy's guns, wh, there was a failure to bring about the desired result. Rear-Admiral Farragut then attempted to push up past Port Hudson with his squadrond Vicksburg could no longer obtain supplies from that quarter. Farragut was engaged a part of the season with his ships below Port Hudson ea. The blockade of the Southern coast,within the limits of Admiral Farragut's command, had, in the main, been efficient and successful, al
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 40: (search)
firing upon the enemy until the Sassacus drifted out of range. While the Sassacus was in contact with the Albemarle, it was impossible for the other vessels of the squadron to fire, for fear of injuring their consort; but they subsequently failed to take advantage of the act of the gallant Sassacus, and deliver blows upon the ram while she was at rest and somewhat demoralized from the shock she had received. It was by such concerted action that the Tennessee was forced to surrender to Farragut's vessels in Mobile Bay. The failure of the larger vessels to ram the Albemarle is accounted for by the indiscriminate firing from the smaller ones upon the enemy. These latter vessels answered the signals made by the senior officer, without obeying them. The engagement continued until 7:30 P. M., when darkness supervened. The Commodore Hull and the Ceres were left to keep sight of the ram, and to remain off the mouth of the Roanoke River if she succeeded in entering it, the other ves
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 42: Red River expedition.--continued. (search)
ssemble at Grand Ecore and remain there to protect that place. In one part of Banks' report he attempts to make capital out of a very small matter. After Admiral Farragut attempted to pass the batteries at Port Hudson, which he only succeeded in doing with two vessels, General Banks opened communication with him through the Atof that place and removing all the guns, the Admiral left at noon, May 3, 1863, and arrived that evening at the mouth of the Red River, and communicated with Admiral Farragut. He had with him the gun-boats Benton, Lafayette, Pittsburg, Price, ram Switzerland, and tug Ivy. Admiral Farragut informed Porter that, hearing that GenAdmiral Farragut informed Porter that, hearing that General Banks proposed marching on Alexandria, he had sent the Ansonia and Estrella, under Lieutenant-Commander A. P. Cooke, up Red River, to try and communicate with the General, but he feared, as they were light vessels, they might fail. On this, Admiral Porter offered to go up himself with the force he had, and started accordingl
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 44: battle of Mobile Bay. (search)
Mobile Bay. Defences of Mobile Bay. Farragut's fleet crosses the bar and makes reconnaissamseh sunk. D — n the torpedoes — follow me! Farragut in the rigging of the Hartford passing Fort. iled report of battle. reports of officers. Farragut returns thanks to officers and men. individu, January 1st, 1864. In January, 1864, Admiral Farragut began to turn his attention to the forts n reach with shrapnel until out of range. D. G. Farragut, Rear-Admiral, Commanding West Gulf Blocker her surrender to U. S. Squadron, Rear-Admiral D. G. Farragut, Mobile Bay, August 5, 1864. Thand fidelity. Very respectfully, etc., D. G. Farragut. Extract from the report of Captain D in their leader he heartily thanks them. D. G. Farragut, Rear-Admiral Commanding W. G. B. Squadroeon Welles, Secretary of the Navy. Rear-Admiral D. G. Farragut, Commanding W. G. B. Squadron, Mobif Squadron, January 1st, 1864. Rear-Admiral David G. Farragut. Captain Percival Drayton, Flee[4 more...]<
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 49: first attack on Fort Fisher.--destruction of the confederate ram Albemarle, etc. (search)
with you to the rendezvous at Port Royal all such vessels and officers as can be spared from the West Blockading Squadron without impeding its efficiency; and when you leave, turn over the command of the squadron to the officer next in rank to yourself until the pleasure of the Department is known. Owing to failing health, Admiral Farragut declined accepting this command, and on the 22d of September the Secretary of the Navy wrote to Rear-Admiral Porter as follows: Sir--Rear-Admiral D. G. Farragut was assigned to the command of the North Atlantic squadron on the 5th instant; but the necessity of rest on the part of that distinguished officer renders it necessary that he should come immediately North. You will therefore, on the receipt of this order, consider yourself detached from the command of the Mississippi squadron, and you will turn over the command, temporarily, to Captain A. M. Pennock. As soon as the transfer can be made, proceed to Beaufort, N. C., and relieve A
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 50: Second attack on Fort Fisher. (search)
phase of the matter — fighting the elements as men never fought them before. It was a new school of practice to the officers, who had been taught that ours was the worst coast in the world, and that a vessel could not there ride out a gale at her anchors. If they profited by the experience they gained on that occasion, they should feel amply repaid for any anxieties they may have felt. An officer should realize that great risks should be run to insure success. We do not wonder that Admiral Farragut said: Porter will lose that fleet: he is rash to undertake operations when the elements are so opposed to him. It was not judicious in him, it is true, and was not an evidence of what he would have done himself; but if he had remembered the perseverance shown in getting his vessels over the bar at New Orleans, when all others had given it up, he would have said otherwise. The moment Butler's troops re-embarked, the Admiral sent a swift steamer to General Grant and told him the situa
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 51: effects of the fall of Fort Fisher, and criticisms on General Badeau's military history of General Grant. (search)
nst the defences of Cape Fear River, but until recently there never seems to have been a period when the department was in a condition to entertain the subject. Two months ago it was arranged that an attack should be made on the 1st of October, but subsequently postponed to the 15th, and the naval force has been ready since the 15th inst., in accordance with that agreement. One hundred and fifty vessels-of-war now form the North Atlantic squadron. The command, first offered to Rear-Admiral Farragut, but declined by him, has been given to Rear-Admiral Porter. Every other squadron has been depleted, and vessels detached from other duty to strengthen this expedition. The vessels are concentrated at Hampton Roads and Beaufort, where they remain — an immense force lying idle, awaiting the movements of the army. The detention of so many vessels from blockade and cruising duty is a most serious injury to the public service, and if the expedition cannot go forward for want of troo
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 52: operations about Charleston, 1865.--fall of Charleston, Savannah, etc. (search)
st dangerous, though, being liable to shift with the current, they were apt to trouble those who used them. One rebel steamboat (Marion) had been blown up in the Ashley River some time ago by one of them; and, in June, 1864, another rebel steamer, plying from Sumter up the harbor, was struck by one and beached on the shoal near Johnson, to prevent sinking in deep water, supposed at the time to have been run ashore accidentally. It is probable that the Tecumseh was sunk at Mobile, in Admiral Farragut's attack, by one of this kind; also the Milwaukee. the Osage, the Rudolph, and a tin-clad (48, in the recent captures of the forts. My own flag-ship, the Harvest Moon, was destroyed by the same device, in Georgetown, and three army transports in the St. John's--Maple Leaf, Harriet Weed, and another. Mr. Gray states they were placed in such numbers about the main entrance and channel, about the time of our operations against Morris Island, that it would have been impossible for an
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