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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


Period Picture
Lt Becker K Howell, CSMC
Thu Jan 16 1862

LT Temple, USS Flambeau, writes to SECNAV that he is convinced the Gladiator is transshipping her cargo of arms to smaller vessels that will run the blockade. He will remain a few days longer to verify this and then depart in the hopes of catching one of the smaller vessels. He does not think continuing his stay in the Bahamas will gain any more understanding from the people there.

LT Worden reports to CAPT Paulding and SECNAV for command of the USS Monitor

CAPT Marston, USS Roanoke, writes to FO Goldsborough, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, that the French ship Pomone, arrived from New York. Courtesies were exchanged including 13 gun salute which was returned. The ship is the flagship of the Newfoundland Squadron. The Catinat is still in port

FO DuPont, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, orders CDR Le Roy, USS Keystone State, to Fernandina island to relieve the Bienville.

CDR Marchand, USS John Adger, orders LT Baxter, U. S. Bark Gem of the Sea, to assume command of forces off Georgetown, S. C. while he returns to Port Royal for coal.

BGEN Sherman and FO DuPont write back and forth with Sherman indicating that the time is now to take savannah as although guns are in place, they have not been mounted. He desires to take Savannah before the guns are mounted. Du Pont concurs.Sherman then states that they captured two citizens who will be missed by their large families and if so, Union forces must surely be found out and the Georgians will then hastily finish their defensive works.

CDR Emmons, USS Hatteras, write to FO McKean, Gulf Blockading Squadron, that he has successfully attacked Cedar Keys, FL. capturing numerous supplies, boats, and taken several Prisoners of war. 4 of the Prisoners have the measles and so he had them sign a parole that they would not take arms against the United States until exchanged. Among the items captured or burned were: "...a battery of two long eighteens in position on the east end of Sea Horse Key, a 6-pounder field piece in Depot Key, with the railroad depot and wharf, several cars, telegraph office, and a turpentine storehouse, besides four schooners and three sloops, one ferry scow, sailboat, and launch." and without the loss of life. He also writes to the Commander of Military Forces in Florida saying "The fortune of war has placed in my hands some of your military force stationed here. Among them there are four, named Benjamin Gatlin, B. J. Simmons, J. S. Poer, and John Canton, who have the measles and are so much debilitated that they might never survive the severe change of climate they would be subject to in going upon our coast.

FO Foote, Western Waters, writes SECNAV, that the7 gunboats have been finished and put in commission today. He is need of a crew for them.

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


Proud to be an organizational partner of Connecticut Civil War Commemoration sponsored by Central Connecticut State University.

DatesUpcoming Civil War EventsTopic
1-3 APR 2016 Shiloh National Military Park
Pittsburg Landing, TN
Living History
13-15 MAY 2016 Ashbel Woodward Museum
North Franklin, CT
Living History
29 MAY 2016 Fort Trumbell, New London, CT Living History
3-5 JUN 2016 Lynn
Lynn, MA
Living History
18-19 JUN 2016 Sub Force Museum
Groton, CT
Living History
19-21 AUG 2016 Schulyer Flatts,
Colonie, NY
Living History
30 SEP-2 OCT 2016 Look Park
Florence, MA
Living History
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