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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

Period Picture
CSS Virginia II's smokestack
Mon Dec 19 1864

CDR J C Howell, USS Nereus, writes SECNAV "I have the honor to report that I have received orders from Commodore John Rodgers to proceed to Mariguana Passage and report to Commander Sanford, U S. S. Neptune.
    I shall sail, Deo volente, this afternoon, after filling up with coal."
{Deo volente means God willing}

CDR Foxhall A Parker, Potomac Flotilla, writes SECNAV "Learning from the provost-marshal of Baltimore that the enemy were massing boats on Coan River for the purpose of making a raid on the bay, I sent the Ceur de Lion and Mercury thither on the 15th instant, under the command of Acting Master Morris, who found collected thirty-one large boats and two scows, all of which he destroyed. The home guards, in large force, made a show of resistance, but were quickly driven off.
    A suit of schooners sails was captured, which I shall use in the flotilla."

CDR W H Macomb, District of the Sounds, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron writes RADM David D Porter, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, "As we advance up this river the necessity for small gunboats increases.
    It is impossible for the double-enders to cruise up and down the river, as it is with difficulty they can be got round the curves with hawsers and a tug; yet it is necessary that the river below us be kept clear of torpedoes, and the only way to do that is to have a boat constantly cruising up and down. Besides, it may be necessary for us to convoy the army transports.
    The only small vessels I have here at present are the Valley City and Ceres, the former of which is occupied dragging the river ahead of us, leaving but one vessel to patrol a river of 50 miles in length."

CDR George Henry Preble, Naval Brigade, writes RADM Jonathan Dahlgren, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, "Since the action of the 9th instant not a shot has been fired by the enemy. Our army guns, Parrotts and Napoleons, have had daily practice at the railroad, and, it is believed, with some success. Yesterday one of our rifled howitzers was put into a battery 1,150 yards from the railroad bridge and opened fire for the first time. Two are to be run out again to the battery to-day.
    Two of our howitzers are in battery at the front of our lines, two near these headquarters on the left of these lines, and two in the rear and on the left, for the support of the two 30-pound Parrotts. Rest and good weather have improved the health of the camp. It is near four weeks since the command was assembled, and I would again urgently represent the importance of providing the men with a change of clothing from their ships.
    The men whose times are out are anxious to go North on the next trip of the supply steamer. I believe the infantry and marines of the brigade might be spared further service with the expedition, but the howitzers will be required as long as the army occupies this point. There is still some grumbling about insufficient rations, though we get along better than at first.
    The army ration supplied does not suit our jacks so well as their own."

RADM Samuel P Lee, Mississippi Squadron, writes LCDR Le Roy Fitch from Smithland "You have permission to remain here, agreeably to your request of this date. I will take the Silver Lake at daylight instead of the Moose." In post script he adds "The Naumkeag will go with me, and not with convoy in the morning. Please arrange it so that there will be no delay with the transports, which I hear are ready to leave in the morning."

MGEN Dabney H Maury, CSA, District of the Gulf, writes SOPA Mobile Bay, "I have the honor to notify you that I am now ready to transfer to the custody of your Government the thousand bales of cotton which are by agreement between our respective Governments to be used in furnishing supplies to the Confederate prisoners held by the United States.
    Please inform me if there is any impediment to the immediate transfer of the steamer with the cotton, in accordance with the suggestions made to me recently by Major-General Granger."

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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LCDR Ezra Seals is putting his reenacting schedule together for the 2015 season. School teachers - see the Civil War pages for how you can add excitement to your classroom on this topic.
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