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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
Master J P Bullock, CSN
Thu Nov 19 1863

CDR Jonathan C Carter, USS Michigan telegrams SECNAV "A reconnoissance made on the Canada coast by an officer of this ship results in discovering nothing of a hostile preparation."

William L Dayton, US Minister to France writes CAPT Jonathan Winslow, USS Kearsarge, "I was in hopes that I could have seen the minister of foreign affairs to-day in reference to the question contained in yours as respects shipping additional men in the port of Brest for the Kearsarge, but he has left Paris.
    If the men you refer to are not absolutely necessary for the Kearsarge, I think, under all the circumstances, it would be better not to take them. There is a serious question as to the conduct of this Government in allowing a crew, or so large a portion of one, to be shipped at Brest for the Florida, and your act in shipping men for the Kearsarge will be referred to as a full justification.
    I would prefer, therefore, to keep the question clear of any such act, that it may stand on its merits only."

LT C A Babcock, USS Morse, telegrams RADM Samuel P Lee, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron "Have just returned. All right. Will make my report as soon as possible. One acting master, rebel Navy, and 15 rebels captured by our land forces, Colonel Guion, One hundred and Forty-eighth New York Volunteers, assisted by my officers and crew."

RADM Jonathan Dahlgren, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron writes LCDR S L Breese, USS Ottawa, "You will proceed with the Ottawa to St. John's, [Florida], and take charge of the blockade in that quarter.
    Be vigorous and vigilant in sustaining and encouraging the friends of the Union, and in suppressing those who are clearly inimical to it.
    The river is difficult of entrance; therefore, get the pilot from the Norwich and buoy the channel before attempting to enter, which must be done in a smooth sea.
    On your arrival, direct the Geranium to report to me at this place. and send by her to me accurate information of the condition of things:
    1st. Is there a Union sentiment prevailing that can be turned to good account?
    2d. Are the refugees sincere in their offer to take up arms against the enemy, if I give them the opportunity by sending a suitable force?
    3d. What is the strength and position of the enemy?
    You will offer every possible encouragement to deserters, refugees, and contrabands."

Cumming, Beaver & Co. write CAPT Raphael Semmes, from Singapore, "We represent your Government's interest at this port, and, hearing you were outside, take this opportunity of advising you that we are prepared to further your views in any way you may point out. If you require any outfit or supplies we will send them to you, and a letter given to bearer will reach us safely.
    We send you some papers which may prove interesting,"

CMDR Henry H Bell, West Gulf Blockading Squadron writes LCDR W E Fitzhugh, USN "You are hereby ordered to relieve Lieutenant-Commander James Stillwell, in command of the U. S. gunboat Pinola."

LCDR J M Prichett, USN telegrams RADM David D Porter, Mississippi Squadron, from Paducah "I have sent the Robb to Eastport with the dispatch from Major-General Grant. The Peosta has gone up with a convoy, and will assist in conveying the transports down to this place."

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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