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Category Archives: CSS Virginia

“Once mistress of the seas…”

In the same book we mentioned here, an anonymous poet penned this little ditty about the USS Cumberland as well. Enjoy! THE CUMBERLAND – anonymous Magnificent thy fate! Once mistress of the seas; No braver vessel ever flung A pennon to the breeze; No bark e’er died a death so grand; Such heroes never vessel […]

“Shall we give them a broadside, my boys, as she goes?”

Inspired by the reports of the bravery of the USS Cumberland‘s crew against the might of the CSS Virginia on March 8, 1862 – and by the words supposedly uttered by Lt. George Upham Morris even as his ship was sinking beneath the waves, poet Elizabeth T. Porter Beach wrote the following lines sometime in […]

Chocolate-Cream Generals…..

From the William & Mary Quarterly, July, 1915, Volume 24, Issue 1 – so writes Robert L. Preston on page 66: As fifty years have passed since that eventful combat, let us relegate to the rubbish heap all such tales as that the Monitor drove the Merrimac back to Norfolk, never to come out again. Burn up the histories, if […]

Come out and see us on September 6!

I am so thrilled to be part of this amazing series!  For more info, and directions, go to www.NorfolkCollegiate.org

Richmond, Rich with History

It has been a long hiatus since my last post so I would like to first acknowledge  my fellow bloggers for carrying the blog to new heights.  While the majority of my post grad life so far has kept me removed from anything of historical significance this past month I have been right at the […]

Mass Murder and Mutilation in Minnesota

Hey there folks, and welcome back to the good ol’ blog! Today’s tidbit about me is: I bite my nails out of habit, and as a result I have a hard time opening things like Swiss Army Knives and Key Chain Rings. On the plus side… actually, there is no plus side. I bite my nails, and […]

It Belongs in a Museum!

Hello again readers, and welcome back to the good ol’ blog! Today’s tidbit about me is: while driving through Washington DC last Sunday, I surprisingly encountered very little in the way of traffic. As a result, I drove through the majority of the city in about five minutes, which I would not have thought possible. […]

Turtle Power!

Howdy folks, and welcome back to the good ol’ blog! Today’s tidbit about me is: this morning, I wanted nothing more than to feel the sweet, sweet decadence of a Krispy Kreme donut on my tongue. Sadly, a donut is a treacherous thing: if I had admitted one to by belly, it would no doubt […]

Always Faithful

Hey there folks, and welcome back to the good ol’ blog! Today’s tidbit about me is: I think that the entire concept behind “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” is so ridiculous that the REAL Abe Lincoln must have spun in his grave when it premiered. That doesn’t mean I won’t go see it with the right friend/friends, […]

Early Submarines Part 2

Well hey there, readers – good to see you again! After all, it’s been SO LONG since I’ve posted on the good ol’ blog… (yes that was sarcasm). Today’s (second) tidbit about me is: in terms of climate and setting preferences, although I like the warm summer of the beach, I prefer the cool autumn […]