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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


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Sat Aug 27 1864

SECNAV writes CDR A J Drake, USS Iosco, "Proceed with the Iosco under your command along the coast and enter the Bay [Gulf] of St. Lawrence by the Gut of Canso, and give protection to our fishing vessels in the bay and vicinity."

SECNAV telegrams RADM Hiram Paulding, New York Navy Yard, "Do not let the Susquehanna sail until further orders."

SECNAV telegrams RADM S H Stringham, Boston Navy Yard, "Revoke the orders for the Saco."

CDR R T Renshaw, USS Massasoit, writes SECNAV " I have the honor to inform the Department that I left the navy yard in this vessel for a cruise at 5: 40 p. m. this day. The pilot deeming it advisable to anchor for the night, I did so, and will go to sea at daylight to morrow, the 28th.
    We have been rather long in getting thus far, on account of a difficulty with the engine in passing her center; but I hope this will be overcome.
    I regret very much to state that we lost six of our men by desertion. Three were missing after hauling off from the wharf and three got clear of one of the boats. Proper steps have been taken to recover them, and also a reward offered for each man.
    No exertion on my part will be lost in making the Massasoit perform the service required of her.
    I have also to report this vessel short her complement of officers one acting master and one acting masters mate."

LT Edward Hooker, 1st Division, Potomac Flotilla, telegrams CDR Foxhall A Parker, Potomac Flotilla, "I am informed by telegraph from Eastville, via gunboat from York River, that an expedition of 300 men is to leave the Yeocomico or Coan River for Maryland, supposed to be for Smith's Island and Fog Point light. I have sent the Fuchsia to Smith's Island, and the Mercury will cruise in the bay, reporting to me again on Monday."

LT Hooker writes CAPT G Ganesvoort, SOPA Point Lookout, "I am informed by telegraph from Eastville, via gunboat from York River, that party of 300 men is about leaving Northumberland County, Potomac River, for some point in Maryland, supposed to be Smith's Island and Fog Point light. I have sent a gunboat to cruise near Smith's Island.
    Will you permit the officer bringing this to communicate the same to General Barnes, and also to forward a dispatch to St. Inigoes for Commander Parker?"

SECNAV telegrams LCDR W T Truxton, USS Tacony "Proceed immediately with the Tacony to Washington."

RADM Jonathan Dahlgren, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron writes LCDR S B Luce, USN "You will take temporary command of the U. S. S. Canandaigua during the absence of Captain Green from that ship, unless a suitable command can be provided for you sooner."

CAPT Theodore P Greene, East Gulf Blockading Squadron writes SECNAV "I enclose copies of letters sent to Rear-Admiral Farragut and of the enclosures, viz, a letter from Thomas Savage, esq., acting consul- general of the United States at Havana, and of the offer therein referred to made to him."

CAPT Greene writes RADM David Glasgow Farragut, West Gulf Blockading Squadron, "I enclose copy of a letter this morning received from Thomas Savage, esq., acting consul-general of the United States at Havana, with a copy of the "offer" referred to.
    I do not place much confidence in the man's reliability from the tone of his letter, but however important it may be, I am not provided with secret-service money to be appropriated for such purposes.
    I therefore refer the matter to you for such immediate action as you deem best, and shall send the same information to the Department by the first opportunity, which may not be for a week or two."

RADM Farragut, writes SECNAV," I have the honor to forward herewith (marked No. 1) a copy of a report made to me by Acting master's C. F. Langley and Gardner Cottrell, two of the survivors of the ironclad Tecumseh, and in which are given the names of 6 men who were saved in the same boat, viz: S. S. Shinn, gunners mate; John 'Gould, quarter gunner; Frank Commens, seaman; Richard Collins, seaman, and Peter Parker, seaman.
    These officers are certainly in error in their statement that a row of buoys stretched from the shore a distance of one to two hundred yards. We now know that the channel adjacent to the shore was clear of torpedoes and that the latter were placed between the two large buoys to which I have referred in my reports.
    In addition to the persons named in this report as saved, the boat from the Metacomet, under Acting Ensign Nields, rescued Acting Ensign John P. Zettick; Chauncey P. Dean, quartermaster; William Roberts, quartermaster; James McDonald, seaman; George Major, seaman; James Thorn, seaman; Charles Packard, ordinary seaman; William Fedder, landsman; and William C. West, coal heaver; with the pilot of the Tecumseh, John Collins.
    Four others also swam to the beach and were taken prisoners at Fort Morgan and immediately sent away.
    This information was received when communicating by flag of truce with the fort.
    None of them, we were told, were officers."

SECNAV writes RADM David D Porter, Mississippi Squadron, "Has the prize steamer Volunteer been taken into the service of the Government; and if so, what is her present condition?
    The Department understands through private sources that a decree of restitution has been rendered in her case. Has anything been paid on account of her? A full report is desired at as early a day as possible."

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