Category Archives: Gunboats

April 22, 1863: Running transports south

John C. Pemberton, CSA ******************************* On April 22, McClernand got his wish as Admiral Porter made another run past the Vicksburg batteries, this time bringing down transports for the troops to cross the river. The Confederate reports below tell the … Continue reading

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April 21, 1863: The Richmond Daily Dispatch speculates about Vicksburg

Gen. Carter L. Stevenson *********************** As with all the papers, the slowness of communication often led the Richmond Daily Dispatch into what look like colossal blunders in hindsight. Here, while we know the Union fleet has succeeded in passing the … Continue reading

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April 17, 1863: The gunboats arrive

David Dixon Porter ********************************************************* McClernand reports the arrival of the gunboats, having run the batteries at Vicksburg. He’s got some mopping-up for them to do on the enemy’s camps, and then maybe we can raise the Indianola? Official Records: HEADQUARTERS … Continue reading

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April 16, 1863: Admiral Porter runs the batteries at Vicksburg

The gunboats slip by quietly in the dark, in an illustration from Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. A Currier and Ives print shows the scene after the gunboats are discovered and shelling commences. In the dark, moonless night of April 16, … Continue reading

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April 15, 1863: McClernand skirmishes; Porter prepares

Click for large map. McClernand continues to struggle southward along the Louisiana shore, encountering some resistance. It appears that skirmishes with the enemy are probably less of a hindrance than the flooded terrain. Official Records: Having been considerably strengthened by … Continue reading

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April 13, 1863: Send ammo on the gunboats

McClernand is finding the going very rough down the flooded west bank of the river, and he asks Grant if he can send down ammunition and some other stores with the gunboats running the batteries. Official Records: HEADQUARTERS THIRTEENTH ARMY … Continue reading

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March 22, 1863: Grant gives up on the Yazoo Pass

Click for large map. It looked good for a while, but the fortification of “Fort Pemberton” at Greenwood, MS stopped the Yazoo Pass expedition from getting anywhere close to Vicksburg. In a series of dispatches, Grant comes to the conclusion … Continue reading

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February 27, 1863: Blow up the Indianola

General John C. Pemberton Pemberton orders the destruction of the Indianola. Official Records JACKSON, February 27, 1863. Major-General STEVENSON, Vicksburg: You must, if possible, blow up the Indianola. I wish to send General E. K. Smith 10-inch columbiad now at … Continue reading

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February 26, 1863: A fake Monitor

A letter from Admiral Porter to his wife, published in the New York Times, recounts how the Union navy fooled the rebels at Vicksburg into firing a lot of valuable ammunition at an old coal-barge, mocked up with some Quaker … Continue reading

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February 24, 1863: Indianola sunk

The USS Indianola, a side-wheeled ironclad, ran the batteries at Vicksburg and was engaged in blockading the mouth of the Red River. Another gunboat, the Queen of the West, had run the batteries with her and later been captured by … Continue reading

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