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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
USS Kickapoo one of the largest Monitors
Thu Oct 15 1863

LT John MacDiarmid, USS Victoria, writes SECNAV "I have the honor to report that about 6 a. m. on the 13th instant I captured a small sloop a mile to the westward of Little River, North Carolina. I towed her up to the fleet and anchored her under the lee of Smith's Island. It blew fresh from the northeast during the night, badly damaging her cargo, which consisted of it sacks of salt, 2 boxes of soap, and two half barrels of sal soda. No papers were found on board."

SECNAV writes Master D G McRitchie, USS Supply, "Proceed with the U. S. storeship Sapply to Port Royal, S. C., and report to the senior commanding officer present, and remain there until otherwise ordered by the rear-admiral of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron."

LT Frederic S Hill, USS W G Anderson, writes SECNAV "I have the honor to report to the Department that James Ceder, landsman, one of the five men of this ship's crew captured by the rebels on St. Josephs Island, Texas, on the 3d of May last, has returned to this ship, having effected his escape from his place of imprisonment near Houston on the 16th of August. Ceder made a journey of nearly 600 miles on foot through the enemy's country, and only escaped recapture by the liberal and very frequent aid he received from the Unionists he encountered during his trip.
    As Ceder's term of service expired in August last, and he desired to be discharged at this port, I have complied with his wishes and given him his discharge."

LCDR James A Greer,4th District, Mississippi Squadron, writes RADM David D Porter, Mississippi Squadron, "I have the honor to inform you that Acting Master Fentress, on the day that he was captured at Rodney, took no precaution whatever against capture. There were no boats waiting for his party, but were to be sent for them when they came down. No one was armed but one of the engineers, who took a revolver with him. Mr. Fentress told the executive officer, Mr. Ferguson, that he could let those men go to church that wished to. Mr. Fentress wore a citizen's coat."

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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