Category Archives: Naval Matters

last rebel flag struck

On November 5, 1865 the CSS Shenandoah docked at Liverpool in England. 150 years ago today: Lieutenant James I. Waddell surrenders the CSS Shenandoah to British authorities. His is the final Confederate flag struck. After a few days in confinement, … Continue reading

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tech times

150 years ago today The New-York Times headlined some remarkable technology. The world’s largest ironclad was launched three months after the Civil War ended, and some people imagined trains running up in the air over Broadway. The USS Dunderberg was … Continue reading

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“the disruption of a great Government”

“and the ruin of an entire people” 150 years ago today the Union army attacked the outnumbered Army of Northern Virginia along the Petersburg-Richmond front. The rebel army retreated and the rebel government had to evacuate its capital. And Raphael … Continue reading

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James River battle

In January 1865 the Confederate navy on the James River attempted to attack and destroy the Federal supply depot at City Point in order to help lift the siege of Richmond and Petersburg. The Confederate fleet was stopped at the … Continue reading

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American intrepidity

and pertinacity Here are some examples of Northern newspaper reaction to the Union capture of Fort Fisher. A local paper in upstate New York thought the price was way too high if the port of Wilmington was not totally sealed … Continue reading

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“The Rebels fought like fiends”

John Arnett, a young man from Seneca Falls, New York serving in the U.S. Navy during the Civil War, has already had some notable experiences. His ship the Westfield was blown up on New Year’s Day 1863 during the Battle … Continue reading

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hero warship

150 years ago this month the French-built CSS Stonewall took to the seas. It’s goal was to make its way to the New World to attack the Yankee navy and Yankee commerce. 150 years ago this week a Southern newspaper … Continue reading

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the Butler did it

Apparently, even Union Secretary of War Stanton had to rely on Confederate newspapers for his first report to General Dix regarding the failed attack on Fort Fisher. From The New-York Times December 29, 1864: WILMINGTON.; THE ATTACK ON FORT FISHER. … Continue reading

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dinner plans changed

Two big war events 150 years ago this week were the capture of Savannah and the attempt to capture Fort Fisher. It took a while for the news to make its way up to upstate New York. Here’s an article … Continue reading

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blockade: tweaking and evading

150 years ago today President Lincoln lifted the blockade of Norfolk, Fernandina and Pensacola because those ports had “for some time past been in the military possession of the United States, [and] it is deeemd advisable that they should be … Continue reading

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