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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
The remains of the blockade runner Ruby
Sun Jul 24 1864

SECNAV telegrams RADM Hiram Paulding, New York Navy Yard "Several important telegraphic dispatches sent yesterday to Captain Steedman have not been acknowledged. Direct him to proceed to carry out his confidential instructions, unless his pilot has other information." Paulding responds "Captain Steedman received Departments telegram. Pilot investigating. Will go to sea to-morrow."

RADM Samuel P Lee, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron writes SECNAV " I return to the Department the dispatch No. 308, from the U. S. consul at Liverpool, relating to not firing on blockade runners.
    I believe that there is no foundation in fact for these assertions and inferences, and refer to the enclosed extracts from abstract logs in support of this belief. The class of small vessels referred to pass the blockaders under cover of darkness, and at a speed which, even if they were seen, would make it almost impossible to fire on them with effect. These facts are not sufficiently taken into consideration by persons ignorant of the situation, who, judging only from the result that a number of low, swift, light-colored steamers succeed in violating the blockade, infer that they do so through the neglect of proper measures on the part of the blockaders.
    I will call the attention of the divisional officers off Wilmington to the statements above referred to, and direct reports to be made in relation to the matter, which will be forwarded to the Department when received, and I would respectfully suggest that, as this charge has been made officially, it should be denied officially through the proper channels.
    The enclosed extracts, containing minute information respecting the positions of the blockading force, are designed only for the information of the Navy Department."

CDR William Reynolds, SOPA Port royal, writes RADM Jonathan Dahlgren, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron writes SECNAV " The U. S. tug Catalpa (propeller),from Philadelphia July 19, arrived this p. m. under orders from Commodore Stribling to report at Port Royal to Rear-Admiral Dahlgren.
    She needs some repairs, and decks are to be calked, and has gone into the creek for that purpose, Acting Ensign J. A. Edgren commanding."

LCDR Leroy Fitch, 10th District, Mississippi Squadron, writes RADM David D Porter, Mississippi Squadron, "I would respectfully state that I have detached Acting Volunteer Lieutenant H. A. Glassford from the U. S. S. Reindeer, and ordered him over to Bridgeport, Ala to take command of one of the new boats there.
    I want good reliable men there to command, and those that have had experience in breaking in and drilling new crews. I was deficient one commanding officer for these boats, and knew of no more reliable one than Acting Volunteer Lieutenant Glassford, who has since he has been under my command certainly displayed great energy and shown himself worthy of all confidence.
    All the boats at Bridgeport now have their complete complement of officers, except acting assistant surgeons; there are but two there."

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.

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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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