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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


Period Picture
Master Mate George T Fullman, CSN
Tue Jan 21 1862

CAPT Smith, USS Congress writes to SECNAV that he is deficient in men: "Seamen 40 Ordinary seamen 41 Landsmen 17 Boys 24 One carpenters mate, one cooper. 2 Nurses 2 Musicians", and that he has some men from General Wool they cannot be relied upon as they may be withdrawn at any time.

LT Couthay, US Bark Kingfisher writes to FO McKean, Gulf Blockading Squadron, describes the stopping of several ships and the capture in conjunction with the Ethan Allen. The Ethan Allen's boats were 15 minutes minutes ahead of his and boarded the enemy ship before his boats could arrive. Instead they gave chase to the Captain and five crewmen, but abandoned it after the rebels had made it ashore. The ship was Olive Branch, of Jacksonville, carrying $8700 dollars worth of turpentine. He also recounts the taking of the "Mary Nevis, of Tampa, of about 12 tons burden, engaged in carrying the mails, freight, and passengers between Fort Brooke, Manatee River, and the intermediate points, with a woman and child only on board, the one man forming her crew having run her ashore and taken to the bush."

FO Foote, Western Waters, writes to CDR William Porter, USS Essex declining to promote two officers because they were not exposed enough to gun fire to warrant such promotion. "...except for sanguinary actions, where life has been greatly exposed."

FO Foote writes to MGEN Halleck telling him that the mortar boats have no mortars and no beds, and that the gunboats can do a better job for the tasks that the mortars are wanted for.

LT Phelps, USS Conestoga writes to FO Foote expressing the need for mortar Boats and stating his ship can tow at least one. Falling shells, he explains are more powerful and feared by the rebels that shot and shell behind earthworks. He later writes another letter having received a note from Foote, saying that they could reduce the forts without the mortars, but it would be more achievable if they had them - providing they had crews and efficient officers

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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DatesUpcoming Civil War EventsTopic
1-3 APR 2016 Shiloh National Military Park
Pittsburg Landing, TN
Living History
13-15 MAY 2016 Ashbel Woodward Museum
North Franklin, CT
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29 MAY 2016 Fort Trumbell, New London, CT Living History
3-5 JUN 2016 Lynn
Lynn, MA
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18-19 JUN 2016 Sub Force Museum
Groton, CT
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19-21 AUG 2016 Schulyer Flatts,
Colonie, NY
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30 SEP-2 OCT 2016 Look Park
Florence, MA
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