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McLean Research Associates is dedicated to presenting little known facts about the US Navy in the Civil War, presentations on a myriad of astronomical topics, and letterboxing.

In commemoration of the 155 years since the Civil War - or more appropriately in the vernacular of the day - The War of the Slaveholders' Rebellion - we are featuring a quote and picture of the day from the Naval Records

Period Picture
officers of the USS Commodore Barney
Sun Aug 24 1862

CMDR Charles Wilkes, James River Flotilla, writes to SECNAV "Your letter, enclosing the copy of one from General Meigs, Quartermaster-General, to General Halleck has been received. I candidly confess to great surprise at its contents. After the signal cooperation of the Navy, no officer of rank in the Army has any right to doubt the aid from our branch of the service being given on every occasion in which it could essentially promote its operation. I beg leave to say that Quartermaster General Meigs can have but little knowledge of the embarkation of the troops now in operation by the Army of the Potomac in embarking at this point, or he never would have indulged in the suggestion to General Halleck relative to the cooperation of the Navy. I am happy to inform the Department that the acknowledgments of General McClellan for the aid rendered his army by the naval force under my command were expressed to me ere his departure from the Peninsula in warm and grateful terms."

CDR Armstrong, SOPA Wilmington writes to RADM Goldsborough, of the capture of the British Schooner Mary Elizabeth of Nassau."She was captured while running in for the Wilmington Bar, so near that her master, supercargo, and mate made their escape in the schooners boat to the shore, taking with them a small black boy, leaving on board a crew of four black men. She was first seen by the Stars and Stripes at 3:45 a. m., and the seizure was made by her. Her cargo, as per manifest, consisted of salt and fruit, but a portion of the latter had rotted and been thrown overboard. She left Nassau on the 13th of August, and her crew report she has been four days off this port. They state the Oreto had been cleared and was, with crew on board, at anchor outside the port of Nassau, and that many steamers were in port. The schooner's papers had been endorsed by the U. S. S. Huntsville on the 16th of August; position of schooner not mentioned. The blacks state the master endeavored to scuttle the schooner before leaving, but was prevented by them."

SECNAV telegrams CMDR Wilkes,"Send immediately, if not already done, one of the double-end gun boats and four lighter draft boats to Aquia Creek to cooperate with the army. Let them report by letter to the Department."

RADM Goldsborough writes to CDR Davenport, Sounds of North Carolina, "As by law the spirit ration in the Navy is to cease from and after the 1st day of September next, you will direct the pay officers of the vessels in the sounds to transfer to the medical officers whatever quantity of whiskey they may require for medical purposes. All that may remain in the vessels under your authority after such transfer you will cause to be shipped by the first opportunity in a public vessel to Hampton Roads, there to be transferred to the charge of Commander B. J. Totten, commanding U. S. storeship Brandywine."


CDR Glisson, SOPA Beaufort, writes RADM Louis Goldsborough, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, confirming that the USS Stars and Stripes is too frail for heavy weather and suggests using her in the rivers. He says 9 vessels is what is needed for Wilmington - 4 on each side and one away coaling.

CMDR Charles H Davis, Western Waters, writes to Abram Cook of Davenport Iowa "I have received your note of the 11th instant. The destruction of the Arkansas has anticipated your project."

Teachers and Educators - we have several Civil War presentations covering the US Navy throughout the Civil War which include our portable museum, Submarines, and key naval and land battles. Check out our Civil War section for more details. We also have several presentations on astronomy for all age groups

DatesUpcoming Civil War EventsTopic
12-14 MAY 2017 Ashbel Woodward Museum
North Franklin, CT
Living History
18-20 AUG 2017 Schulyer Flatts,
Colonie, NY
Living History

Join Rangers Kim and Geoff for some interesting presenations and outings for The Last Green Valley.

14 APR 2017 TLGV HQ
Danielson CT
21 APR 2017 Sprague Land Trust
Bolton Rd.
Jupiter and Deep Sky Observing
19 MAY 2017 TLGV HQ
Danielson CT
Light Pollution 101
11 JUN 2017 Camp Laurel
Clubhouse Rd
Acorn Adventures Letterboxing
16 JUN 2017 Sprague Land Trust
Bolton Rd.
Deep Sky Observing
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School teachers - see the Civil War and astronomy pages for how you can add excitement to your classroom on these topics.
Want to know what the Navy was doing 155 years ago? Let us give you a briefing, much as would be given to the President or Congress, outlining what the 6 major squadrons and 1 flotilla were accomplishing.

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