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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
The officers of the USS Kearsarge
Fri Aug 11 1865

CDR J P Bankhead, USS Wyoming, writes SECNAV Simon's Bay, Cape of Good Hope "I have the honor to inform the Department that the Wyoming arrived at this port on the 25th of July, twenty-two days from Rio de Janeiro; all well. The engines and boilers have required considerable repairs, the boilers leaking badly and condensers out of order. All repairs have been now completed, and I will leave this on the 13th instant, weather permitting, on my voyage to the eastward, touching at Mauritius and such other ports to the north as will be likely to furnish me any news of the Shenandoah's movements, or any other rebel vessels that may still be afloat. The naval authorities here have been particularly civil, offering every facility for repairs, etc., which the place offers. The Iroquois arrived here on the 8th instant from Java, and I avail myself of the opportunity offered by her to send home four men, condemned by survey as unfit for service. I have heard nothing of the Wachusett since my last report to the Department, from Rio. It is my opinion, however, that she has gone, by having obtained supplies in the river La Plata.
    Commander Rodgers brings no news of the Shenandoah.
    The health of the officers and men is good, and duty performed in a satisfactory manner."

Gabriel G Tassara, Legation of Spain at Washington, writes SECSTATE "The undersigned, minister plenipotentiary of her Catholic Majesty, has the honor to state to the honorable Secretary of State of the United States that according to a communication he has received from the captain-general of Cuba there is no inconvenience on his part to the Stonewall remaining at The Havannah till the approaching autumn, continuing at that arsenal, as the honorable Secretary desired by his note of 22d July last past.
    The undersigned avails of this occasion to reiterate to the honorable Secretary of State the assurance of his highest consideration."

RADM Henry K Thatcher, Gulf Squadron, writes SECNAV "I have the honor to report that during my absence at Key West the following vessels of this squadron arrived at Pensacola and, after landing their surplus stores, proceeded North:

New York.
Vessel.Date.Sailed for
MetacometAugust 1Philadelphia.
PenguinAugust 3Boston.
Augusta DinsmoreAugust 5
Bark ArthurAugust 8New York.

    Since the departure of Fleet Lieutenant M. L. Johnson, condemned by medical survey, the Estrella has been commanded by Fleet Captain Commander Simpson."

RADM Samuel P Lee, Mississippi Squadron, writes CAPT Percival Drayton, Bureau of Navigation and Office of Detail "

"E. L. DraperActing assistant surgeon NaumkeagWare, Mass.
Henry KaneActing ensigndoMount Vernon, Ind.
Alexander ProctorActing masters matedoCincinnati, Ohio.
James P. PopejoyMasters matedoJeffersonville, Ohio.
Louis W. SedamdodoCincinnati, Ohio.
E. F. Reynolds Acting first assistant engineerdoSt.Joseph,Mich.
John W. Hayden Acting second assistant engineerdoMadison, Ind.
[Illegible]Acting third assistant engineerdoCare Barker, Hart & Co., Cincinnati, Ohio.

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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