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Daily Archives: April 14, 2011

WHEN lilacs last in the dooryard bloom’d, And the great star early droop’d in the western sky in the night, I mourn’d, and yet shall mourn with ever-returning spring. As I walked out my door this morning – I noticed the lilacs blooming and thought immediately of Walt Whitman’s poem – and of Abraham Lincoln, […]

Alden and Isherwood Arrive

On April 14, 1861, Commander James Alden and US Navy Chief Engineer Benjamin Franklin Isherwood arrived at Gosport Navy Yard to find that McCauley had done exactly nothing. Alden had orders to take command of the USS Merrimack and bring her to Philadelphia if it appeared that evacuating the Navy Yard was the only avenue. […]