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“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 […]

‘The spectral blue lights rose in vain…’

The January 24, 1863 issue of Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper carries the story of the Monitor‘s sinking on the front page. But buried within the issue was also the following poem. What I find interesting is that part two deals with the search that ensued after the sinking. There is no author listed – likely […]

Christmas in wartime

In the December 26, 1863 issue of Harper’s Weekly, the following wish appeared. MERRY CHRISTMAS. Ought it not to be a merry Christmas? Even with all the sorrow that hangs, and will forever hang, over so many households; even while the war still rages; even while there are serious ques- tions yet to be settled—ought […]

Monitor Crewman Lives the Dream!

On March 9, 1916, page 4 of the Bisbee Daily Review of Bisbee Arizona carried the following article. The Mariners’ Museum’s Library and Archives has a photocopy of a letter from John Driscoll which mentions this event, but I had not been able to spend time finding more information about it. Thank you interwebs and […]

It is altogether fitting and proper….

150 years ago today, the following words were spoken. And though Lincoln demurred to the contrary, the world certainly has noted these 270 words  – and these are words that are among the most beautiful in the English language. They were echoed on an August day 50 years ago and they continue to remind us […]

To boldly go……

Well! This week began with an impressive new vessel being launched by the US Navy.  The USS Zumwalt, named for Admiral (and the Navy’s 19th, and youngest CNO) Elmo Russell Zumwalt, Jr. (who passed away in 2000) is an impressive – and strange looking beastie. My first thought was……ironclad! Or rather, a modern take on an […]

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 […]

…the whole land resounds with ERICSSON!

From time to time we come across new…old poetry about the Monitor and Virginia.  Today, we found this. The entire poem is extremely long and deals with all of the events of 1862. But the piece about the Battle of Hampton Roads was particularly nice:   Excerpt from New Year’s Address of the Carriers of the Providence […]

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