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Redoubt McDermett, Spanish
By General Order No. 120, Major General
Dabney H. Maury of Mobile, Redoubt Number 2 at Spanish Fort was renamed
in honor of 2nd Lieutenant Edward J. McDermett
of the C.S. Navy,
who was killed on Lake Maurepas, Louisiana
while leading an attack during a special mission
McDermett's service was quite full:
Served at Richmond; Savannah; served on CSS
Louisiana and captured at New Orleans; on CSS Harriet Lane at
Galveston, Texas; on CSS Huntville at Mobile;
helped rescue the blockade runner Ivanhoe at Fort Morgan, Alabama;
was in the Battle of Mobile Bay on board
the CSS Tennessee (escaped from prison at New Orleans);
on CS Ram Webb in Red River defenses; then
was killed on special mission, 13 March 1865.
(see report below)
He was born in Arkansas and appointed from
He is supposed to be buried at Springfield,
From the Mobile Advertiser
and Register, 28 March 1865
Located on Spanish Main (Street)(East
side redoubt)-------Located on Confederate Drive (West
(Note: The names on the historical
markers are incorrectly spelled)(and redoubts are not forts!)
From the Official Records of the Army, Volume
101, page 1227
HEADQUARTERS SOUTHERN DIVISION
New Orleans, March 21, 1865.
The following is a statement
made by Henry Malone and Samuel Wolf, C. S. Navy, who deserted from an
expedition that left Mobile six weeks since. The
expedition was commanded by Lieutenant McDermott and Lieutenant Wilkinson,
C. S. Navy, with about forty-five men of the navy and four boats.
They placed their boats on cars and went to Meridian, from thence to Jackson,
to the West Pearl River, and struck the Jackson railroad; placed their
boats on the cars and went to Brookhaven, where we placed the boats on
wagons and went to Woodville; from thence to Buffalo Bayou, which empties
into the Mississippi River; sailed down to within three miles of its mouth,
remained there that night and returned to the head of the bayou the next
morning; placed the boats on wagons and returned to Woodville; from thence
to Liberty bridge, on the Amite River. From this place one boat and six
men returned to Mobile. The remaining boats sailed down as far as Goss
Mills and remained there two days; placed the boats on wagons and
took them to Blood River; from thence into the Tickfaw River. At 12 o'clock
that night captured a schooner, named Barnes, from New Orleans, with six
or eight bales of cotton aboard. An officer and six men were placed aboard
of the schooner, who carried her up the Tickfaw River into the Blood River,
with instructions to wait there for the remaining party.
Henry Malone was one of the
The following is the statement
of Samuel Wolf: The remaining party sailed into Lake Maurepas and captured
the schooner James Stockton at the mouth of the Amite River. The schooner
was half a mile from the shore. They were not hailed as they approached,
nor did they see any person on deck, and neither officer nor man came on
deck until the surrender. They fought about half an hour, the men firing
from the hold of the vessel. Three were slightly wounded of the Union soldiers;
Lieutenant McDermott and three men were
killed of the Confederates and two wounded.
The vessel was then surrendered into the hands of the Confederates. The
prisoners were placed ashore and supposed to have been sent to Mobile.
The schooner was then carried up the Tick-faw River into the Blood River,
discharged of her cargo, and burned. The schooner Barnes was then released.
Two of the boats then started for Springfield, from thence to Haynesville,
and from thence to Amite Station, with instructions to wait for the remaining
boat. The remaining boat started for Springfield the next day, and while
in Springfield buried Lieutenant McDermott and one man named Bernard.
They then went up a bayou three miles to a bridge, and placed the boats
on wagons and marched eight miles toward Amite Station. During the night
Henry Malone and Samuel Wolf deserted the so-called Confederate navy.
his X mark.
his X mark.
Sworn to and subscribed before
me this 21st day of March, 1865.
S. W. COGGESHALL,
Lieutenant, Eleventh U.S. Colored
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