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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

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USS Saratoga
Sat Apr 26 1862

Master Josiah Stone, in charge of the prize ship Emily St Pierre, writes from Liverpool England, that while taking the prize to Washington, on the 21st of March was overtaken by the captain, cook, and steward of the ship who he presumed were on parole for the voyage, The captain lured him in his cabin to show the man the position of the ship when he was grabben by him by the collar and the captain pulled out a belaying pin, where upon the other two put pistols to his head and put him in irons in a small room in the ship for the next 30 days during their voyage. The previous night they had captured the other officers and lock the forward crew in the space and locked the rest by claiming that he (Stone) wanted a length of line, locking the cover after they went down the hatch to retrieve it. One man was shot but not killed. One man died falling from the foremast, but he was not told until they arrived in port.He then lists 6 ships loading supplies for the rebels."We arrived here on the 21st of this month, and are now detained here by order of Mr. Adams at London."

CDR Rowan, Sounds of North Carolina writes to FO Louis Goldsborough, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, that as the army failed to destroy the canals, he sent LT Flusser to accomplish it which he did and encloses his report. LT Flusser says that with the Whitehead, Putnam, and the wrecking schooner Emma Slade, he proceeded to block the canal at the mouth by hand. He had no wheelbarrows to move the earth, but in two days, according to Professor Maillefeit, of the New York Submarine Engineerinig Company it will take the rebels two months to reopen and it would be easier to make a channel.

LT Franklin, USS Ellis reports to CDR Rowan, that Fort Macon has been surrendered, but that due to inferior range of his weapons he did not engage the enemy, but did send some sailors to assist the heavy guns on the canal boats.

CDR Lockwood writes a letter to FO Goldsborough, with details to follow of the surrender of Fort Macon.

MGEN Wool forwards a report from LCOL Helleday, Fort Wool, that the rebels are sounding the channel and that a gunboat could easily destroy the buoys.

FO Du Pont, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron forwards to SECNAV the report of LT J. F. Nickels, USS Onward at Bulls Bay. He approached the lighthouse to within 800 yards and shelled a small work, then landed in boats when the rebels opened fire. But not waiting for the full assault they left the island. The Onward now has complete control of channel. Only one ship attempted to enter but realizing that it was under Federal control quickly left the area. In his report Nickels says they went within 100 yards and were fired upon and discovering that the island may be inhabited left as it was getting dark. The next day "chased and boarded the schooner Henry Nutt, from New York, bound to North Edisto..." Monday he sounded and buoyed the channel and cross the bar, opening fire after anchoring at the fort. Receiving no reply he went in the gig with a cutter to land, but nearing shore they were fired upon again and he sent the cutter back to tell the executive officer to open fire upon the rebels which he did as he could see them and Nickels couldn't. Nickels hastened to land, but alas, the rebels were able to escape off the island burning the light house keepers home. He then warns that as a sailing ship he doesn;t have the maneuverability of a steamer, but should be able to defend the channel against anything coming from Charleston. On several occasions he has seen flashing lights. probably signals. Ont he 12th, they saw a schooner attempt to enter, but he sprung his ship to fire a broadside at her and then she took notice of his vessel (Nickels fired a couple of shots which fell short) and cleared out. She was chased by a Union steamer and captured her.

FO Du Pont issues general Order No. 10 requiring that no one shall take any livestock from a plantation under the charge of the special agent of the Treasury Department and no men are allowed on one of these plantations without commanding officers written approval.

FO Farragut, West Gulf Blockading Squadron , writes to CAPT Henry Morris to send a Marine guard to the US Mint to take possession of it and remove the coin and bouillon from it to his ship.

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

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