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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 Onandaga
Wed Sep 18 1861

CAPT Craven, Potomac Flotilla, reports the the Pusey reports that men were seen working on an earthwork battery at Whitestone Point.

CAPT Craven forwards reports from the engineer of the Ice Boat stating that bedplates are in bad repair and if not fixed the shafts will disable the ship. The Resolute and Jacob Bell are also need repairs.

SECNAV orders CAPT Craven to send the General Putnam and Ceres to Old Point to report to Atlantic Blockading Squadron. He is to allow clothes to contrabands who are in service to his flotilla.

Acting Masters Mate Frank, US schooner Howell Gobb reports that " Ferguson, Watson, Jones, and Dent, with a posse of 16 men and 5 boats" attempted to capture him and his ship. He was able to cut up a boat from Mr. Furguson, and take Dents boat. They are "...hot foot after me and threaten to capture me the first opportunity." He requests a howitzer, four men, and more ammunition to defend his ship.

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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