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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 160 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 Signal
Thu Nov 28 1861

CDR Palmer, USS Iroquois, writes SECNAV that the Sumter has captured an American ship, the Moutmorenci at latitude 18 30, longitude 58 40. "As this vessel was loaded with coal, English property, the Sumter ransomed her, her captain giving a bond of 20,000, payable to the President of the Confederate States at the end of the war." The Sumter is reported to be leaking at the propeller and may go to Bermuda for repairs or perhaps Gibraltar. CDR Palmer believes she is leaving the West Indies because she took on sugar and molasses.

CAPT Hiram Paulding telegrams SECNAV that the Nashville escaped from Charleston laden with cargo in Bermuda. She would be in Bermuda until the 6th. The letter is dated the 1st of November.

CDR Daniel B Ridgley, USS Santiago De Cuba reports to SECNAV that he is coaling at Key West but will shortly be in pursuit of the Eugenia Smith which is flying British colors but attempting to run the blockade with munitions of war.

SECNAV writes to John Devereux, esq.,President Board of Trustees, etc., Philadelphia, thanking him for the use of the Ice Boat at a time when she was badly needed. He requests any repair costs be forwarded to the Navy Department.

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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