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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,STEM workshops, 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
The USS Hartford's main deck
Mon Aug 22 1864

SECNAV writers CDR C H B Caldwell, USS Glaucus,"As soon as the U. S. S. Glaucus is ready for sea proceed with her to the Delaware Breakwater and await farther orders."

RADM Samuel P Lee, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron writes SECNAV "I am informed by Lieutenant-Commander Upshur, under date of 20th instant, that he has received a telegram from the Department instructing him to inform me that probably another pirate will soon attempt to get out of Wilmington, N. C.
    I have so notified the divisional officers off Wilmington, and directed them to observe the utmost vigilance."

RADM Jonathan Dahlgren, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron writes SECNAV "I transmit herewith for the information of the Department, reports of the condition of the U. S. S. Paul Jones, conformably to which I shall direct her to proceed to the north for repairs."

RADM David Glasgow Farragut, West Gulf Blockading Squadron, writes SECNAV "I have the honor to address the Department on the subject of the exchange of prisoners.
    The rebels, I understand, refuse to exchange our Navy officers except for Navy officers, and heretofore we have had few prisoners of theirs in that branch of the service, but by the capture of the rams Tennessee and Selma several have fallen into our hands whom I propose to send North to be exchanged for those of our officers who have been for nearly a year confined in Richland jail, South Carolina.
    The names of the rebel officers now at Pensacola are Commander J. D. Johnston, Lieutenant Commanding Peter U. Murphey, Lieutenant William L. Bradford, and Lieutenant A. D. Wharton.
    In addition, we hold three surgeons, viz, Fleet Surgeon D. B. Conrad, Assistant Surgeons R. C. Bowles and E. G. Booth, but I am not advised as to the course pursued by our enemies with this class of officers.
    I have also sent to General Canby, at New Orleans, Second Lieutenants W. F. Robinson and E. J. McDermett, of their Navy, and First Lieutenant D. G. Raney, of the Marine Corps, taken on the Selma and Tennessee; also three master's.
    Besides these, there were captured in Fort Gaines three officers of the Marine Corps, viz, Captain J. E. Meire, First Lieutenant J. R. Y. Fendall, and Second Lieutenant John L. Rapier, and in a letter to General Canby I claimed that they should be exchanged for prisoners of our Navy.
    Commander Johnston, Lieutenant Commanding Murphey, and Lieutenants Bradford and Wharton, I will send North by one of the supply steamers to await the disposition of the Government."

CAPT A M Pennock, Fleet Captain, Mississippi Squadron, writes S H Treat, US District judge, Springfield, IL, "I have the honor to report to you that the prize steamer Union arrived here yesterday in charge of a prize crew, having been captured by the U. S. S. Prairie Bird on the 21st ultimo for violation of the revenue laws and giving "aid and comfort to the enemy" by supplying the rebels with provisions and articles contraband of war.
    I enclose herewith the reports of Lieutenant-Commander E. K. Owen and Acting Master Thomas Burns and other papers concerning the capture.
    The box containing books and papers, mentioned in the report of Lieutenant-Commander Owen, is now in my possession, held subject to your order.
    I respectfully request that the marshal may be ordered down to take charge of the vessel, appurtenances, apparel, etc., as soon as possible."

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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