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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


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USS Queen City
Thu Jan 21 1864

F H Morse, writes J O Putnam, US Consul Havre, France "I have learned that the rebel privateers now in French ports, but more especially the Florida, are being carefully prepared to capture the Kearsarge, if possible. Besides the 80-pounder Whitworth rifled guns which the Florida had on board, she this week received from an English yacht two steel Blakely rifled cannon with steel-pointed elongated shot to fit them. These guns were taken to Dieppe from the English coast, I think from Newhaven, by steamer and put on board the yacht there, and taken thence to Brest by the yacht and put on board the Florida.
    I learn also that the Florida is very heavily armed and manned. About 150 [men] have been sent to her from this country within the last two or three weeks. I hear also from pretty good authority that there is a very strong desire and determination on the part of the rebel leaders in Europe to take her, and that large bounties will be offered to the crew of the Florida in addition to half the value of the prize, if they will fight desperately and take her - the Kearsarge.
    The papers of this morning say that the Kearsarge has been challenged to a fight 6 miles outside by the Florida, the action to take place early in February. If there be any truth in the rumor, the time may be set to enable the Alabama (which is expected at Brest in about two weeks), the Rappahannock, and Georgia to take a part in the encounter and also to enable the Florida's men to be well drilled. All this may be known to you, and Captain Winslow, of the Kearsarge, may, before this time, have been apprised of what I have stated above If so, I shall be much gratified. If not, I leave all to your discretion as to what shall be done. But allow me to suggest that Captain Winslow be at once informed of the very careful preparations that are being made to meet him. If he is cruising off the port of Brest, I suppose the only way to reach him promptly will be to dispatch a faithful messenger with letters, giving him full and detailed information in regard to the subject. As they think they have the best long-range guns that can be anywhere procured, Whitworth and Blakelys, they feel confident they can easily disable her at long range and make her surrender or carry her by boarding.
    Is the Kearsarge shorthanded; and does she want men? If so, American seamen should be sent to her if they can possibly be procured. It will not be against the laws of this country to send him Americans, and perhaps some can be got in Liverpool."

RADM Samuel P Lee, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron telegrams SECNAV "I report the arrival of the Minnesota from off Wilmington."

SECNAV writes RADM Hiram Pauling, Commandant, New York Navy Yard "Order the Sweet Brier to proceed off Charleston and report to Rear-Admiral Dahlgren for duty in the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron."

CDR J H Strong, USS Monongahela writes LCDR Perkins, or Hatfield, "I have most unexpectedly been ordered to Mobile. I will send the Queen up to take the place of the South Carolina, as she (the South Carolina) has to go to Berwick Bay. I wish you would get my officer and men off from the shore and supply their places from your vessels. I will call by at daylight for my men and boats. The gun you can send me by the provision steamer.
    Bad luck to Mobile: My regards to all my late command."

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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