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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


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Crew of the USS Lehigh
Wed Sep 21 1864

CDR J C Carter, USS Michigan telegrams SECNAV "The boats captured by rebels pursued by me; one sunk, the other sunk and the rebels fled. I have got the principal agent prisoner on board and many accomplices. All is well and safe at the prison. The object was to capture this ship and if possible release the prisoners." SECNAV replies "Send prisoners to Fort Warren, Boston. Guard will report to Rear- Admiral Stringham at navy yard for conveyance to fort."

SECNAV telegram RADM Hiram Paulding, NAVSTA New York, "Order of 20th to have men and battery in readiness is revoked. Inform Commodore Rodgers."

SECNAV writes RADM S H Stringham, Boston Navy Yard, "Some of the party engaged in the capture of the steamers on the Lakes have been caught by Commander Carter, who has been instructed to send them to the navy yard, Boston. On their arrival please furnish the guard in charge with a conveyance to Fort Warren, where the prisoners are to be confined."

CDR Foxhall A Parker, Potomac Flotilla, writes CO First Division, Potomac Flotilla, "Acting Ensign Edmund A. Roderick has this day been appointed chief of staff of the Potomac Flotilla, and will be respected as such until further orders."

RADM Samuel P Lee, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, writes Master Sheldon, USS Shokokon "You will relieve Acting Master Baker in temporary command of the temporary naval station of Beaufort, N. C."

MGEN J G Foster, USA, Department of the South, writes RADM Jonathan Dahlgren, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, "I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your communication, bearing date of September 19, stating that the XI-inch guns have been mounted and ready to open fire for a week past.
    I have sent some engineers as a reinforcement to those now at Morris Island, in order to hurry up the work on the traverses, bombproofs, and parapets of all the front batteries, and gave orders to have work finished as early as practicable.
    I would much desire that the battery should be at work as soon as practicable, as my supply of powder for the front batteries is getting low, and in consequence I have had to slacken fire, which gives the enemy a good opportunity to repair damages in Fort Sumter and in the other batteries."

Master T J Linnekin, USS Tallahatchie, writes CMDR James A Palmer, 1st Division, West Gulf Blockading Squadron, "I have the honor to report having received information on the night of the 15th instant that 12 bales of cotton were coming out of the Blind River. I stationed a picket boat in the mouth which captured the following-named blockade runners, with a small mail, viz: Thêophile Fruchude, Jean Morin, F. Guilbeault, and Justin Kuffer, all of New Orleans. As soon as the officer in charge of the picket boat demanded a surrender they threw overboard a small mail and a memorandum book, which was picked up in a few minutes afterwards, not being wet through. The book contained a supposed list of goods brought over by them, said list being made up of revolvers, percussion caps, and a large amount of quinine, drugs, etc. They acknowledge to have been buying cotton, having no permit for same. On the 17th instant I captured on the banks of Bayou Schiublon [Chene Blanc], Ascension Parish, 9 bales of cotton and a number of bags. In the bayou near this cotton there were flats, all made to move it across the lake [Maurepas]. On the banks of the Amite River the same instant, at the house of Samuel Leake, now prisoner in my possession, I captured 1 bale of cotton and 2 sacks; also revolver, 1 keg of powder, and number of small lots of powder, together with a large quantity of medicines, dry goods, hats, barrels of whisky, barrels of flour, salt, and about 20,000 percussion caps. The cotton captured by me is claimed as follows: Jean Morin, now a prisoner on board, claims 4 bales; Madame Leake, wife of Samuel Leake, 1 bale and 2 sacks. The balance remains unclaimed. I am credibly informed that Lieutenant Wheat, of the Confederate service, buys ammunition, etc., from the house of Samuel Leake once a month, taking the same to Clinton, La."

CAPT A M Pennock, Fleet Captain, Mississippi Squadron, writes SECNAV "I have the honor to enclose herewith prize lists of the following vessels belonging to this squadron:
    U. S. S. Brilliant, for the capture of a lot of pig iron at Betsytown Landing, Tenn., December 16, 1863.
    U. S. S. Lexington, for the capture of the steamers Mattie, R. E. Hill, M. Walt, and their cargoes on the 15th day of June, 1864.
    U. S. S. Linden, for the capture of 50 bales of cotton in Maddox Bay, White River, August 17, 1863.
    U. S. S. Kenwood, for the capture of 14 bales of cotton on the 16th day of February, 1864.
    U. S. S. Marmora, for the capture of 207 bales of cotton on the Yazoo expedition, February 11, 1864.
    U. S. S. Prairie Bird, for the capture of contraband goods on the 21st of July, 1864."

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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