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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
officers of the USS Commodore Barney
Sat Nov 26 1864

J S Keyes, US Marshal, Boston, telegrams SECNAV "What shall I do with the prisoners from the Florida brought in the Waehusett? Please answer." SECNAV replies "Send the prisoners from the Florida, brought home in the Waehusett, to Fort Warren."

RADM David D Porter, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, writes Master Jonathan Baker, USN, CSS Florida "You will notify me in time when the coal on board the Florida gets low, that I may send up more. You should have taken in a sufficient quantity of coal before you left here, which you had ample opportunity of doing.
    There must never be less than five days coal on board, in case of ice accumulating and not being able to send it to you."

RADM Jonathan Dahlgren, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, writes SECNAV "The information that reaches us from rebel sources shows that the army of General Sherman was this side of Milledgeville a few days since, and it is inferable that his course is this way.
    General Foster and myself will do what our forces allow to assist in establishing a connection with General Sherman.
    General Foster proposes to move on the night of the 28th for this purpose.
    I am to cover his landing and furnish a battery of six howitzers to march with his troops.
    On such an emergency I feel sensibly the want of force. The only gunboats of the squadron whose drafts are light enough to ascend far are the Pontiac, Mingoe, Sonoma, and Cimarron.
    The Pontiac has lost her after rudder. The Sonoma is under repair. Cimarron has but one boiler. The Pawnee, Winona, and Wissahickon will aid, but require 2 feet more of water, and every inch tells in these rivers.
    Three tugs will be added, and one monitor.
    Four monitors are on duty at Charleston, one at Wassaw, and two under repair.
    Could the Department spare me four or five double-enders, a few side-wheel tugs of 5 or 6 feet draft, and some ironclads in case General Sherman should attack Savannah or Charleston?
    I need hardly say that time is very important.
    Please let me have some men who have been in a man-of-war.
    The complement of the squadron is not full, and most of the men are very green.
    I enclose a Savannah paper of the 24th November,...."

SECNAV writes RADM Samuel P Lee, Mississippi Squadron, "Your communication of the 18th instant, reporting the desertion of Acting Master D. W. Glenney, late commanding the Rattler, and Acting Ensign E. P. Nellis, of the same vessel, on the 4th instant is received.
    The escape of these officers required further examination and investigation and exemplary punishment to the guilty who connived at it."

FO Eban Farrand, CSN, Mobile AL writes LT Charles C Simms, CSN, "You are hereby relieved of the command of the C. S. S. Nashville, and you will report for duty as soon as convenient to Commander Catesby ap R. Jones, C. S. Navy, commanding, etc., Selma, Ala."

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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