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McLean Research Associates is dedicated to presenting little known facts about the US Navy in the Civil War, presentations on a myriad of astronomical topics,STEM workshops, and letterboxing.

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
USS George Washington, perhaps the Navy's first Aircraft carrier
Sun Feb 26 1865

CDR Foxhall A Parker, Potomac Flotilla, telegrams SECNAV "I learn that 154 rebels have crossed the bay, bound to the eastern shore of Virginia. I have nine vessels cruising to intercept them on their return, and have notified the War Department of the expedition."

CDR Parker telegrams LT Edward Hooker, 1st Division, Potomac Flotilla, "Have all the Rappahannock vessels ready and full of coal by Wednesday next. Send the Periwinkle to Baltimore for a draft of men now there for the flotilla."

CDR parker telegrams Captain Taylor "Send a vessel immediately to Acting Volunteer Lieutenant-Com- mander Hooker and tell him to send a vessel to Cherrystone without delay.
    When the Banshee returns, tell Acting Volunteer Lieutenant Shankland to return immediately to the Rappahannock and report to Captain Hooker for duty."

LT Hooker writes CDR Parker "Your order to have the vessels coaled on Wednesday morning is at hand. I have doubts about being able to accomplish it if the vessels have to go to Norfolk. I sent the Periwinkle to Norfolk on Thursday last to get coal, and she has not yet returned. I am told that vessels have sometimes to wait several days before they can get coal.
    The Commodore Read has coal for about ten days; the Morse, I think, about the same. The Freeborn wants about 20 tons, and the Yankee about 50 tons.
    The Yankee is now here with a hole in her boiler. I will have it patched before morning. The Morse is on the eastern shore, looking for the guerrillas reported to have crossed the bay.
    I will go to Norfolk with the Read in the morning, and if the others can be coaled at St. Inigoes we may be in time."

CDR Parker telegrams SECNAV "I have had a vessel cruising for some time in the vicinity of Cherrystone."

CDR James Madison Frailey, USS Emma, writes RADM David D Porter, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, "I respectfully report my having arrived off the western bar of Cape Fear River on Saturday afternoon from Charleston, S. C., in the U. S. S. Tuscarora, having in tow the U. S. S. Sanqamon, with directions from Admiral Dahlgren to take her off Wilmington and then return with the Tuscarora and report to him at that place."

RADM Jonathan Dahlgren, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, writes SECNAV from Georgetown, SC "I have the satisfaction to report that this town and its defenses have been occupied by the forces under my command, and that the authorities have made their submission to the United States.
    The town is held by six companies of marines under Lieutenant Stoddard, and the battery (15 guns) by one company of marines under Lieutenant Breese.
    The Mingoe flanks the town and commands it with her guns.
    As soon as the land forces arrive I will turn the place over to them.
    I will forward more detailed accounts by the next mail.
    Nothing is heard here direct from General Sherman."

LCDR Henry Wilson, USS Cayuga, writes CAPT George F Emmons, 2nd Division, West Gulf Blockading Squadron, "I herewith forward the report of Acting Ensign Morris, in charge of the boat sent from this vessel last night to assist in destroying the rebel steamer on shore near Fort Point.
    The bright lookout kept by the steamer prevented the success of the expedition."

MGEN N J T Dana, USA, Department of Mississippi writes LCDR E Y McCauley, 5th District, Mississippi Squadron, "I enclose for your information a copy of a letter written by Major-General Washburn, February 22, to Lieutenant-Commander Bacon, and of one by myself to Rear-Admiral Lee, concerning designs of the enemy with launches and armed boats on Yazoo River.
    I hope you will find it convenient to cooperate with General Washburn in any effort he may have to make."

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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