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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


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USS Vanderbilt, one of the fastest blockaders, given to the Navy by C Vanderbilt.
Fri Sep 02 1864

SECNAV writes CMDR T A Dornin, NAVSTA Baltimore, "Direct the U. S S. Rescue to proceed to St. Mary's and report to Commander F. A. Parker for duty in the Potomac Flotilla."

CDR Foxhall A Parker, Potomac Flotilla writes a general order "Lieutenant-Commander T. H. Eastman having been relieved at his own request of the duties of captain of the flotilla and ordered to the command of the U. S. S. Don, Acting Ensign F. S. Eastman is hereby directed to assume the duties of chief of staff and will be respected accordingly."

CDR Parker writes SECNAV "I have the honor to report that in obedience to your order and that of the honorable Secretary of War of the 31st ultimo, the telegraph cable from Maryland Point across the Potomac was taken up by the military authorities on the 1st instant."

SECNAV writes RADM Samuel P Lee, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron "I transmit for your information the following extracts from a communication from an official who was recently in Halifax:
    While in Halifax I learned that the Confederate blockade runners City of Petersburg and Old Dominion were expected there about September 1 with a cargo of cotton, which they would discharge and then return direct to Wilmington. Both vessels are very fleet.
    I learned from one of the officers of the Little Hattie that the swift steamers Lynx and Badger were being fitted out at Wilmington to make a dash at our blockaders off that port. These vessels will have their machinery protected by compressed cotton. Their bulwarks will also be backed by the same material, and each vessel, having about 200 men, will sally forth early in September, and, by boarding, attempt the capture of one or more of our vessels. If precautions are not taken this plan will certainly succeed.
    The Edith (counterpart of the Tallahassee) was to be fitted out as a war vessel at Wilmington immediately on her return from Bermuda. Expected to be ready for sea by September 20, and is to destroy our West India trade.
    A regular line of blockade runners is to be immediately established between Halifax and Wilmington. This line will run until the fever subsides at Bermnda.

    The foregoing information was procured principally from employees of the rebel Government, and is considered reliable."

BGEN A Schimmelfennig, USA Northern District, Department of the South, writes CAPT F F Green, SOPA Charleston "I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your communication of the 31st ultimo, relative to the firing upon a flag-of- truce boat by my batteries. In reply allow me to respectfully inform you that my orders from Major-General Foster are to receive no flags of truce in this district, and that in compliance with these orders I have instructed my pickets and batteries on the approach of a flag of truce to warn its bearers back by firing twice over their heads and the third time to fire sharp. I must therefore beg that in case the naval forces wish to communicate by flag of truce they will notify me of the same beforehand, otherwise the occurrences of August 30 will certainly be repeated."

SECNAV writes RADM Charles Henry Davis, USN "An act of Congress approved June 30, 1864, having authorized and empowered the Secretary of the Navy to appoint a commission, consisting of one naval officer, one officer of the Engineer Corps, and one civilian, to select the most approved site for a navy yard or naval station on the Mississippi River or upon one of its tributaries and to report to the next session of Congress, I hereby appoint you as the naval officer of the commission and senior member thereof. The other members of the commission are Lieutenant-Colonel A. H. Bowman, of the Engineer Corps, who has been detailed by the War Department for the purpose, and George W. Blunt, esq., of New York, both of whom have been directed to report to you by letter.
    You will hold yourself in readiness to enter upon the duties of the commission on receiving further orders and instructions from the Department."

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