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In commemoration of the 150 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
The prototype of the USS Alligator, the Navy's first submarine, was intentially beached in the Philadelphia Harbor and confiscated
Fri Aug 04 1865

RADM G. F. PEARSON, Pacific Squadron, writes SECNAV from Acapulco, Mexico "I have the honor to report that I arrived here on the evening of the 25th ultimo and found here the U. S. S. Saranac, Captain G. H. Scott.
    On the 29th ultimo I received by the packet steamer America, which called here expressly to leave for me, communications from the collector of San Francisco and from the navy agent, Mr. Chenery, relative to the capture of a number of our whaleships by the pirate Shenandoah. I immediately dissolved the general court-martial on board the U. S. S. Saranac, and ordered Captain Scott to proceed in search of the Shenandoah. The Saranac left on that duty on the following morning. On the same day (July 30) the U. S. S. Suwanee, from the United States via Valparaiso, Panama, and other ports, arrived here. I immediately ordered her commander, Paul Shirley, to leave with all practicable dispatch in search of the Shenandoah, and ordered the Saginaw to proceed here from San Francisco without delay, in order that a United States vessel of war may be here should the French retake Acapulco, which is confidently expected. The Pacific Mail Steamship Company have a large amount of property here and one reserve steamer, and therefore I shall continue to keep one vessel here so long as it can be done without detriment to other American interests. The Saginaw has recently been in the Gulf of California, where American citizens and property need protection, and where I shall send another vessel as soon as I have one to spare from other important duties.
    I shall leave for Panama the moment we can coal and calk a few of the waterway seams. When off the Gulf of California the Lancaster encountered a strong gale of wind which rendered this calking and a few other repairs necessary."

RADM Henry K Thatcher, Gulf Squadron, writes SECNAV "I have the honor to inform the Department that yesterday evening I dispatched the U. S. steamers Trefoil and Yucca to No Name Key, [Fla.], [No Name Cay, Abaco Island?], the Trefoil to take on board all material remaining on the key from the wreck of the San Jacinto and proceed thence to Boston; the Yucca to receive on board for passage here the agent of the salvors and all papers necessary to settle the claims of the said salvors."

In a second letter he writes " I have the honor to inform the Department that the U. S. S. Hibiscus, Acting Volunteer Lieutenant W. L. Martine, sailed from this port this morning for New York. The Spirea will follow in a few days.
    The Fort Morgan left at daylight direct for New York. The Bermuda came in to-day from Philadelphia."

RADM Samuel P Lee, Mississippi Squadron, write CAPT Percival Drayton, Bureau of Navigation and Office of Detail "Enclosed is a list of officers who have this day been detached from the Mississippi Squadron and ordered to report to Commodore J. W. Livingston for further orders, and who belong to the following named vessels, which have been put out of commission and turned over to Commodore Livingston for sale, viz:
    General Bragg, General Price, Little Rebel, Ouachita, Collier, Carnage, Sibyl, Abeona, Grossbeak, Judge Torrence, Brilliant, and Mist."

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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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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