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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 Commodore Perry - deployed to the Sounds of North Carolina
Sun Nov 27 1864

RADM Jonathan Dahlgren, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, writes MGEN J G Foster, USA, Department of the South "The horses you are so good as to offer will be very acceptable. The trouble will be for forage, unless an order is given to that effect from the army supplies. I would also ask for drivers or teamsters, having no persons aboard familiar with the care of horses.
    When the seamen are landed with the howitzers it will be impossible for the vessels to ration them. Can an order be given to your commissariat for rations while ashore?"

RADM David Glasgow Farragut, West Gulf Blockading Squadron, writes CMDR James S Palmer, New Orleans "As soon as you shall consider the ram Tennessee and the monitor Manhattan ready for service you will order the commanding officers to proceed up the Mississippi River to such points as Acting Rear-Admiral S. P. Lee, of the Mississippi Squadron, may have designated, and on their arrival there to report to Admiral Lee by letter."

RADM Samuel P Lee, Mississippi Squadron, writes LCDR James W Shirk, 9th District, Mississippi Squadron "I have received a confidential telegram from Major-General Thomas, from Nashville, Tenn., dated 26th instant, stating that Hood is threatening Columbia, and requesting that if I have any ironclads which can resist heavy shot I will send them as far up the Tennessee as they can go, on a reconnoissance, as he is anxious to know positively whether Hood has all his force with him or not.
    I have telegraphed Lieutenant-Commander Fitch to send the Neosho to Paducah to report to you. Ascend the Tennessee and make the reconnoissance, if practicable, and inform, by safe channels, General Thomas and myself of the result.
    Besides the Neosho you can, as you request, take the Carondelet, which will be ready to leave here at daylight to-morrow. The Peosta and Volunteer are available for this service. Take all the necessary ammunition and fuel that you can for the ironclads."

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.



Proud to be an organizational partner of Connecticut Civil War Commemoration sponsored by Central Connecticut State University.
DatesUpcoming Civil War Events
17 APR 2014
7:30 PM
Hebron Historical Society
Hebron CT
CAPT Percival Drayton, USN
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31 MAY-1 JUN 2014 Custom House Maritime Museum
Newburyport, MA
Living History
12-13 JUL 2014 Double Day Campground
Cooperstown, NY
Living History
19-20 JUL 2014 Cummington, MA Living History
2 AUG 2014 Windham, NY Music
16-17 AUG 2014 Fort Ontario
Oswego, NY
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13-14 SEP 2014 Saratoga Spring, NY Living History
27-28 SEP 2014 Look Park Reenactment
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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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