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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


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CAPT Stephen Rowan, USN Served in various positions on the East Coast
Thu Jul 24 1862

CMDR Charles Wilkes, James River Flotilla, telegrams to SECNAV that he needs $1000 "will be used very economically, and not at all if it can be avoided. Please send me a message about the Sebago. I hope to retain , her repairs are completed. The 100 men are very much wanted, and the tugboat." SECNAV responds via telegram saying he can have the $1000 and the tug. A boat from New York is enroute with 50 men.

LT Baxton, USS Gem of the Sea, writes to CAPT Balch, USS Pocahontas, that he was able to retrieve Mr. Uptegroves family from Georgetown, SC. Under flag of truce they were received, and no other, although the mayor indicated that any Union folks could go. "In my conversation with the mayor and provost-marshal of the city I found them very bitter against the Union and appeared to be sure of gaining their points." On the 20th Mr Wingate and his wife escaped to his ship. He was a member of Ward's Artillery and they had plans to massacre the contrabands on North Island . He also says the the soldies at Georgetown in a state of mutiny over pay and food. On the 21st they destroyed a salt work belonging to Mr. Ward and John La Bruce. His men were attacked and repulsed the attackers suffering 2 wounded.

FO Samuel Du Pont, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron writes to SECNAV saying that he is sending US storeship Courier to New York for repairs as she leaks so badly, some of her supplies had to be condemned.

FO Du Pont write to CDR Marchand, SOPA Charleston "The Wyandotte stops off Charleston on her way to New York. You can take from her landsmen and coal heavers, enlisted for three years, to be exchanged for such men whose times have expired or may expire by the 15th August, but no firemen or petty officers are to be taken from the Wyandotte." He is to ballast coal ships when empty with sand and send them to refill.

LT Balch, SOPA Georgetown, SC writes to FO Du Pont that he was detained by CDR Parrott as a member of the board of survey for the USS Augusta. "Captain Baxter, in the readiest manner, accompanied me on shore, where we had a gathering of the contrabands, and Dr. Rhoades proceeded to select such as were fit for the general service, in obedience to your order of the 21st instant. He has selected some ninety, who will be sent by the Western World, which I shall dispatch to-morrow afternoon."

CDR Parrot, SOPA Charleston writes to FO Du Pont that the HBMS Racer went in and out of Charleston, and the French man-of-war steamer Renaudin is in Charleston. Early this morning a large propeller managed to get in to Charleston. The America fired three shots at her near dusk, but due to shoal water had to give up the chase and anchor. She was last seen in what he thinks was the main channel near the bell buoy, heading in.

CDR Drayton, SOPA Stono River, writes to FO Du Pont that he is in need of a light draft (less than 10 ft)vessel. He wants to send via the USS Andrew a group of sick men, 8 contrabands, and an escaped Englishman from Charleston, and a POW.

CDR Strong, SOPA Savannah, writes to FO Du Pont that he spotted what he thought was the Darlington only to be told later that it was not as the Darlington was further south. The Unadilla's captain told him that there was a large steamer loading at railroad station. He wants a light steamer like the Paul Jones which could easily catch ships like the Kate - a blockade runner.

FO David G. Farragut, West Gulf Blockading Squadron writes to FO Davis, Western Waters, that CDR W D Porter with the Essex and Sumter can get coal enroute to or at Baton Rouge. He suggests that they could be well employed patrolling near the Red River where supplies from Texas are shipped.

MGEN Earl Van Dorn telegrams POTCSA "The whole of the lower fleet and all the troops have disappeared down the river. The upper fleet in movement, but still at anchorage. Ran one transport ashore above with light battery and burned her. Mail taken with interesting accounts of the Arkansas."

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CAPT Pennock, Fleet Captain, writes to FO Charles H Davis, Western Waters,that he left Cairo aboard the receiving ship Clara Dolsen, armed with 4-12 pounder rifled howitzers. COL Moro, 63rd Illinois, accompanying. Several guerillas were captured including 2 who had been robbing hospitals, and leading secessionists. "In conclusion, I regret to state that I found but little Union feeling on the Kentucky shore and am of opinion that the interests of government and the safety of steamers navigating the Ohio require that light-draft gunboats should be kept moving up and down the river. "

SECNAV writes to FO Davis that the Western Waters command is officially transferred from the Army to the Navy.

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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