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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
John Bigelow, USA
Thu Mar 10 1864|
CDR Foxhall A Parker, Potomac Flotilla, writes a general order "The commanding officer announces to all serving under him that he has appointed Lieutenant-Commander Thomas H. Eastman captain of the flotilla, who is to be respected and obeyed accordingly.
When not with him, his presence on board of any vessel of the flotilla will be denoted by the Second Division flag at the masthead."
CDR H K Davenport, SOPA Sounds of North Carolina, writes RADM Samuel P Lee, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron "I have the honor to make the following statement of the disposition of vessels in the sounds for term ending at date:
March 8. - Tacony arrived from Hampton Roads; the Miami, South- field, and Whitehead are at Plymouth; the Louisiana and Valley City are at Washington; the Hetzel, Tacony, Commodore Hull, Lockwood, and Ceres are at New Berne; the Seymour is in Croaton Sound surveying, and the Granite is at Ocracoke."
Master James M Williams, USS Commodore Barney, writes RADM Jonathan Dahlgren, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron "I went up the river this morning to clear some logs that were in the obstructions. While at work the sharpshooters on the rebel side opened fire on us.
I beat to quarters and fired one IX-inch shrapnel into the woods where they were. I beg to know if I am justified in shelling the woods on such an occasion."
CPT H W Feilden, CSA, Assist Adjutant-General, writes H J Leary, Marietta, GA, "I am directed by the commanding general to inform you that it was the torpedo boat H. L. Hunley that destroyed the Federal man-of-war Housatonic, and that Lieutenant Dixon commanded the expedition, but I regret to say that nothing since has been heard either of Lieutenant Dixon or the torpedo boat. It is therefore feared that that gallant officer and his brave companions have perished."
CAPT Thornton A Jenkins, 2nd Division, West Gulf Blockading Squadron, writes CDR James H Strong, USS Monongahela "Admiral Farragut directs that you proceed to New Orleans with the U. S. S. Monongahela under your command. You will please send Mr. Kutz, your chief engineer, on board to-morrow by the Penguin to close up the proceedings of the Board of Engineers examination, after which you can proceed to New Orleans."
LCDR Thomas O Selfridge, USS Conestoga, writes RADM David D Porter, Mississippi Squadron, "I regret to be obliged to report that the U. S. S. Conestoga, while under my command, was run into by the U. S. S. General Price, about 10 miles below Grand Gulf, at about 4 a. m. March 8, and in about four minutes sunk below the surface.
All the crew and officers, excepting two seamen, James Brennan and Thomas Robinson, the latter of the Lexington, were saved.
The usual and proper signals were used by the Conestoga, but were disregarded by the General Price, which led to the disaster.
It is both a pleasure and a duty to add that the good behavior of the officers and crew in this trying circumstance was the cause, under a kind Providence, that so few lives were lost."
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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