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In commemoration of the 150 years since the Civil War - or more appropriately in the vernacular of the day - War of the Rebellion (Northern) - or War of Yankee Aggression (Southern) we are featuring a quote and picture of the day from the Naval Records


Period Picture
An unidentified Monitor
Sun Aug 28 1864

CDR A J Drake, USS Iosca, writes SECNAV "I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your orders dated August 27, ordering me to proceed with the losco along the coast and enter the Bay [Gulf] of St. Lawrence by the Gut of Canso, and give protection to our fishing vessels in the bay and vicinity, which order I shall immediately proceed to obey."

RADM Samuel P Lee, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron writes SECNAV "The Gettysburg is at present the only reliable chasing steamer of this squadron; the Connecticut and Keystone State are run down, the former gone north for repairs, the latter soon to be sent; the James Adger, which I supposed would return here, has been sent to another squadron; the Tristram Shandy has been tried and proved fast, but not strong enough for the Gulf Stream.
    For the approaching fall and winter work, staunch, swift steamers, of the Connecticut and Keystone State class, are needed; they have an advantage in heavy weather over the blockade runners.
    I respectfully suggest that the Department will take early measures to procure some vessels of the description needed for this squadron. There are probably at New York and other cities some new steamers chartered to the army which might be induced to give up their charters and allow the vessels to be purchased for the Navy; the steamer Guiding Star at New York is thus chartered. I know nothing concerning her speed, however, but have heard her mentioned favorably. I would recommend that none be purchased without a thorough trial, as only those built in the best manner and of first-rate speed are suited to this particular service, which is a severe one.
    I beg leave further to request that the Connecticut and the Keystone State, when sent north, may be repaired thoroughly and substantially, and returned to me as early as practicable.
    The blockade is now very weak."

RADM David Glasgow Farragut, West Gulf Blockading Squadron, writes CDR Edward Donaldson, USS Seminole, "You will proceed to Pensacola with the Seminole, and on arrival will report to Commodore Smith for coal and the repairs to the engine that may be indispensable.
    When you leave your vessel to return North, you will transfer the command to Acting Volunteer Lieutenant Johnstone, to be held until relieved by me."

BGEN C C Andrews, USA, 2nd Division, 7th Corps, writes COL W H Graves, 1st Brigade, "You will embark at 11 o'clock to-night as quietly as possible on steamer Kate Hart, with all the effective part of your brigade now at this post, taking eight days rations and sixty rounds of ammunition per man. The gunboat No. 30 [Fawn], Captain Grace, will accompany you as escort. You will move up White River to cooperate with and act under the orders of Brigadier-General West, who is now out after Shelby. Take a few axes. Report to these headquarters the number of men you take."

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.



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Important News
LCDR Ezra Seals is putting his reenacting schedule together for the 2012-2013 season. School teachers - see the Civil War pages for how you can add excitement to your classroom on this topic.
Want to know what the Navy was doing 150 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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