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Category Archives: CSS Virginia

The Battle of Drewry’s Bluff

Howdy friends, and welcome to another posting on the good ol’ blog! Today’s tidbit about me is: during a visit to Dublin in May of 2008, I completely bypassed the 2-hour-long line for admission to the Guinness Brewery by registering online the night before at no extra cost! You should all do the same if […]

Monitor Log: 11 May 1862

Remarks Sunday May 11/62   From Midnight to 4 A. M . Wind and weather same until 3 A.M when it shifted suddenly to E.N.E. with fresh breezes.  The fire towards Norfolk brightened and illuminated the entire Horizon.  3 AM a fire with occasional bright flashes as of powder exploding broke out towards Sewalls point batteries                                       […]

“…a sad finish for such a bright beginning.”

After the fall of Norfolk, the Virginia found herself without a home.  Her commanding officer, Josiah Tattnall was thus faced with a dilemma. If he attempted to attack the Union fleet, he had some hope of destroying several vessels before being sunk, or worse, captured. He rejected this plan because of the risk of being […]

We Need More Ironclads, Now!

Hey readers, welcome back to the good ol’ blog! Today’s tidbit of information about me is: I’m an enthusiastic Civil War reenactor with the 17th VA Company D and I will be proudly joining them on May 19th and 20th at the 148th Battle of New Market in New Market, VA. (This concludes my shameless plug). […]

Monitor Log: 9 May 1862

Today would be the second time Abraham Lincoln visited on board the Monitor. Later that day, Lincoln personally led the reconnaissance  into enemy territory to find a suitable landing site for Union troops. Remarks  Friday May 9th/62   From Midnight to 4 A.M Pleasant weather and clear light breeze from eastward          Geo. Frederickson     From […]

Shields For Soldiers!

Hello, everyone! My name is Brian Whitenton, and I would like to tell YOU cool stuff about the Civil War! I’ll be writing on the good ol’ blog this summer, and adding in little tidbits about myself for those who may be interested. For example, today’s tidbit is: I’m a 24 year old History graduate […]

An Answer to “Stupidity” & “Captain Ericsson, I congratulate you…” (Scientific American, 3/29/1862)

Last week I posted about a Scientific American article that called out the US Navy and government for their “stupidity” in regards to not building enough ironclad warships.  Ironically, exactly one week later, in what would have been the very next issue of Scientific American there was an article published on a new ironclad ship […]

Ironclad Search Engines

With the 150 Anniversary of the Battle of Hampton Roads wrapped up I thought it would be fun to once again battle the two famous ironclads.  Luckily this battle will be less violent, less dangerous, and ultimately has no impact on the course of naval history. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun! The […]

Monitor Log: 13 March 1862

Thursday March 13th 1862 Remarks   From Midnight to 4 A.M. fine clear weather. Guard boats cruising in the channel                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Geo Frederickson   From 4 to 8 A.M. first part calm, latter part light airs from Nd & Ed and pleasant                                                                                                                                                                                   William Flye   From 8 to Meridian fine weather. Wind to the […]

Monitor Log: 12 March 1862

Wednesday March 12, 1862 Remarks   From Midnight to 4 AM light breeze from the S and clear pleasant weather  Guard boats in same position as at midnight                                                                                                                                                         William Flye   From 4 to 8 AM Fine weather, wind S.W.  At 6.30 AM run the U.S. Steamer Roanoke left the harbor                                                                                                                                                                                                          J. Webber […]