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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
USS Wissahickon
Tue Sep 20 1864

LCOL B H Hill, USA, Detroit telegrams BGEN J B Fry, USA, Paymaster-General "The American steamer Philo Parsons, running from this place to Sandusky, was seized yesterday by rebel refugees, who embarked at Malden, Canada. They captured and sunk the steamer Island Queen. The steamer Philo Parsons was brought this morning to Sandwich, Canada, where, after plundering and cutting her pipes to scuttle, [she] was abandoned.
    The seizure of the Philo Parsons and the capture and sinking of the Island Queen occurred in American waters; the plundering and scuttling of Philo Parsons in British waters.
    Have seen district attorney in relation to proper legal steps to take."

SECNAV telegrams CDR J C Carter, USS Michigan "Telegraph operator at Sandusky will dispatch at once. Rebels have captured two steamers on the lake and at last accounts were off Bass Island. It is desired by the War Department that you remain at Johnson's Island to protect prisoners until arrival of reenforcements."

SECNAV telegrams CMDR Jonathan Rodgers, USN, "In consequence of apprehended trouble on the Lakes, you will hold yourself in readiness to proceed to Buffalo with men and battery, which Rear-Admiral Paulding is directed to furnish if required. Communicate with him immediately and see that good men are selected."

SECNAV telegrams RADM Hiram Paulding, New York Naval Station, "Have in readiness 100 picked men, Lieutenant-Commander Paulding and four other officers, with a battery of four howitzers (complete), to go to Buffalo under command of Commodore Rodgers, if required by further orders."

LCDR John LK Davis, USS Sassacus, writes CAPT Melancton Smith, Divisional Officer, James River, from Harrison's Landing "I have the honor to report that at the request of Colonel [J. H.] Holman, commanding at this post, I received on the evening of the 18th instant a detachment of 45 men, landing them at Walkers Wharf, 5 or 6 miles below for the purpose of capturing some citizens living in that vicinity. The expedition was entirely successful and returned to the anchorage at daylight the next day.
    Yesterday I ordered the fires hauled to make temporary repairs to the boiler and machinery, which were completed last night."

CDR Charles J McDougal, USS Hendrick Hudson, writes SECNAV "I have the honor to report the following: On the evening of the 16th instant Acting Master J. J. Russell, commanding the tender Ariel, attached to this vessel, having heard of the whereabouts of some cotton belonging to a notorious blockade running shipper by the name of David Hope, organized an expedition for its capture, which was entirely successful. The cotton, between 4,000 and 5,000 pounds, was about 5 miles from Yellow Bluff, inland, and to bring it to the beach Mr. Russell pressed the horses and wagons of the country people in service. No opposition was made, and the cotton was brought away without accident. I shall send it to Key West for adjudication as soon as practicable. I herewith enclose a list of officers and men entitled to share in the proceeds of the capture."

RADM David Glasgow Farragut, West Gulf Blockading Squadron, writes CDR Thomas H Stevens, USS Oneida, "I enclose a copy of an order recently received from the Department, calling for report of the defects in the ironclad vessels.
    As you were in command of the ironclad steamer Winnebago during the action of August 5, you will please furnish me with a report as to the defects you may have discovered in her construction and the difficulties of management you may have encountered."

MGEN E K S Canby, USA , Military Division of West Mississippi, writes RADM David D Porter, Mississippi Squadron, "In the further operation in Mobile Bay and the Alabama River, two more of the river monitors will be of great service to us. Admiral Farragut, from motives of delicacy, which you will understand and appreciate, does not like to apply for them, but I have just learned from him that if you can send the monitors he will give you in exchange the monitor Manhattan (heavy draft) and the ram Tennessee, or any other vessel in his fleet that you may designate. I know that you will send them without conditions if you can spare them, and I mention this only for the reason that the monitor and the ram can be used on the lower Mississippi, which will probably enable you to spare the river monitors. The two sent on my previous application were so well suited to the work and so effective that I am induced to ask for more."

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