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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
United States Assistant Secretary of the Navy Gustavus Fox, was a former naval officer
Sat Jul 15 1865

RADM Henry K Thatcher, West Gulf Squadron, writes CDR Pierce Crosby, USS Metacomet from Pensacola Bay "You will take in tow the U. S. S. Cincinnati and proceed with the U. S. S. Metacomet under your command to New Orleans, and on your arrival there report to Commander John Downes, senior officer present. You will then return to your present anchorage off Mobile."

RADM Samuel P Lee, Mississippi Squadron, writes SECNAV "The Department's communication of the 6th instant is received, informing me that five vessels only will be allowed for the Mississippi Squadron and that the Department intends breaking the squadron up.
    I will at once order all the vessels on the Mississippi to this place and put them out of commission."

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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