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Palatka (Florida, United States) (search for this): chapter 50
. The naval force employed in the St. John's River, under Commander Balch, was composed of the Pawnee, Mahaska and Norwich, off Jacksonville, and the Ottawa at Palatka. With such a small force it would have been impossible to prevent the enemy from practicing their system of torpedo warfare, which they had found to be so effectthe transport Maple-leaf offered another success for the Confederates, and was blown up by a torpedo, fifteen miles above Jacksonville — this being the highway to Palatka and above, where Federal troops were being constantly transported. The duty on the river became very hazardous, for a severe torpedo warfare was carried on in smed out by young officers, who showed great cleverness and gallantry in most of the planned expeditions undertaken, particularly in one by General Gordon, opposite Palatka — backed by the Navy; and, though they were of no great import, were always successful. It is pleasant to see that the Navy service was appreciated by the Army
Legareville (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 50
. Acting-Ensign Geo. F. Winslow and the officers of the gun divisions are handsomely mentioned in this report. During the action, the Pawnee took an enfilading position in the Keowah River, while the Williams was ordered to work up towards Legareville. The three vessels kept up such a fire that the enemy fled precipitately. Commander Balch speaks in the highest terms of Lieutenant-Commander Meade's coolness and bravery, the management of his vessel, and the remarkable rapidity of his firerblehead, and 1 officer and 12 men from the C. P. Williams--total, 8 boats, 8 officers and 82 men, of which 22 were marines, under Sergeant W. Fredlickson, of the Pawnee. On reaching the earthworks, near a bayou which flows southwesterly of Legareville, Acting-Ensign Moore was directed to take the Pawnee's men and get the nearest gun into her cutter. The other gun in the most northern work was then raised with great difficulty, lashed to the carriage of a 12-pound howitzer, and hauled with
Cumming's Point (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 50
Monitors should have been turned upon Moultrie and Beauregard, where their rifle projectiles would have done good service. On November 16th more congenial work offered. General Gillmore telegraphed: The enemy have opened a heavy fire on Cummings' Point. Will you have some of your vessels move up, so as to prevent an at-tack by boats on the sea-face of the Point? That night the Monitors moved up at about 10 o'clock, and boats were placed on patrol to prevent any attack of the enemy at theby the Army and Navy, determined to show that they were not at all subdued. They had strengthened the works in the inner harbor above Moultrie, and made the place more difficult of approach than ever. Colonel Davis held Morris Island up to Cummings' Point and commanded Sumter, which was of no use to any one, with his guns. General Gillmore, who seemed to think for the present that he had done all he could to close the port against blockade-runners, informed Rear-Admiral Dahlgren, on Februa
Three Trees (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 50
ences as DuPont met with in his first attack. The military and naval attacks were as gallant as anything could be, but, though they achieved a great deal, they did not succeed in driving the enemy out of Wagner before he had time to convert Fort Johnson from a very imperfect work into a powerful fort. Moultrie received similar advantages, and most of the cannon of Sumter were divided between Johnson and Moultrie. Batteries were established along the south shore of the channel from Fort JohnFort Johnson towards the city; and thus an interior defence was completed that rendered access to the upper harbor far more difficult than it was before, because a heavy fire could be concentrated from additional batteries upon vessels attempting to enter. In fact, the enemy had profited by the experience gained in their outer defences, and had placed their guns so as to obtain a concentrated fire. When the troops who garrisoned Wagner were informed that the interior forts were completed, they quietly
Sullivan's Island (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 50
d the line of obstructions to break, and the batteries at Moultrie and on Sullivan's Island to pass, and that the Monitors would have found the same difficulties in ken, Montauk, Passaic, Patapsco, Nahant, Lehigh. Sept. 7. Batteries on Sullivan's Island Ironsides, Patapsco, Lehigh, Nahant, Montauk, Weehawken. Sept. 8. Batteries on Sullivan's Island Ironsides, Nahant, Patapsco, Lehigh, Montauk, Weehawken. Service of iron-clads: South Atlantic Blockading Squadron. Shots fired andwith Forts Moultrie and Beauregard, Battery Bee, and all the batteries on Sullivan's Island, to relieve the Weehawken, which vessel had grounded under their guns andong force of Federal troops with heavy rifled guns have been stationed on Sullivan's Island, to co-operate, as was done at Morris Island. No doubt the struggle wouls fought under command of Commodore S. C. Rowan, between the batteries on Sullivan's Island on the one side, and the New Ironsides, Patapsco, Lehigh, Passaic, Nahant
Stono River (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 50
ren, during latter end of 1863 and in 1864. Fort Sumter bombarded. damages to the Fort and iron-clads. loss of the Weehawken. attack on batteries in Stono River. review of work done by South Atlantic Squadron under Dahlgren. actions in which iron-clads were engaged. destruction of blockade-runners. operations of Con the Marblehead, Lieuteiiant-Commander R. W. Meade, Jr., and the schooner C. P. Williams, Acting-Master S. N. Freeman, were attacked by Confederate batteries in Stono River. Lieutenant-Commander Meade reports that on December 25th the enemy opened fire on the Marblehead, at 6 o'clock in the morning, from two batteries of field ainst the heavy works in Charleston harbor than to depend on the Monitors alone. The New Ironsides was off Charleston bar, two Monitors were at Edisto, one at Stono River, three at Port-Royal, and one at Ossabaw. General Gillmore having arrived. arrangements were immediately made between him and Rear-Admiral Dahlgren for a desc
Mississippi (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 50
nd, but the other forces in the field, and was informed that there was a very alarming state of affairs in that Department; that Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi were the only States where there was an accumulation, and that the Confederate Army was at that time being subsisted from these States. The Commissary of Georgia sent dispatches that he could not send another pound of provisions to Richmond. Alabama, under the most urgent call, could only send forward 135,000 pounds of food. Mississippi was doing all she could in supplying rations to General Beauregard's army. South Carolina could only subsist the troops at Charleston and the prisoners in the interior of the State. The enemy had visited every section of North Carolina, and that State was only able to supply the forts at Wilmington with rations of the most ordinary kind, and not a pound of meat could be shipped to either Wilmington or Richmond. Fortunately for the Confederates, the blockade-runner Banshee succeeded i
John's Island, S. C. (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 50
te troops that were out to receive them, and the gun-boats and Monitors opened on such forts as they were directed Commander (now Rear-Admiral) George H. Cooper. to fire upon; but there was no success in the attack. The Federal troops failed to capture any of the enemy's batteries; and after one or two days spent in desultory fighting, it was decided that the enemy were in too strong force, that further efforts would not be profitable, and therefore the troops should be withdrawn from John's Island. These operations lasted about six days, during which there was a good deal of hard work and the usual display of gallantry on the part of the Navy, under the guns of which the Army safely re embarked. Rear-Admiral Dahlgren speaks handsomely of his staff, and particularly mentions the services of Commander Balch and Lieutenant-Commanders Semmes, Fillebrown, A. W. Johnson, R. L. Phythian, and Acting-Masters Phinney and Furber. This was about the last operation of any importance t
United States (United States) (search for this): chapter 50
ast was, on the whole, thoroughly blockaded, and Charleston no longer of any use to the Confederates; and there was really no further necessity for their holding it, except for the sake of a sentiment connected with the fact that it was the first place to raise the flag of secession, and desired to be the last that would haul 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
Folly Island, S. C. (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 50
aks in the highest terms of Lieutenant-Commander Meade's coolness and bravery, the management of his vessel, and the remarkable rapidity of his fire. On the conclusion of the firing, General Gordon, commanding the troops at the south end of Folly Island. sent an infantry force to bring off the guns left by the Confederates; which, on reaching the spot where the batteries were posted, found two guns, one soldier in the throes of death, six dead artillery horses, and all the enemy's intrenchinich they are located is, and has been for some time. exposed day and night to the fire of your guns. Very respectfully, etc., R. S. Ripley, Brigadier-General Commanding. General Schimmelfennig, Commanding United States Forces, Morris and Folly Islands, etc. There is much to be said against exercising this kind of warfare; and exposing the lives of prisoners in a place to prevent an enemy from firing upon it, can only be considered a violation of the usages of civilized warfare which wo
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