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Monthly Archives: January 2012

Music Monday: Bishop Allen

On the 150th anniversary on the launching of the USS Monitor it is only right that this Music Monday will be dedicated to an indie rock band named Bishop Allen.  Just like the famous ironclad, Bishop Allen is from Brooklyn, New York, a fact that is not missed by the band.  In their 2007 The […]

…she was launched successfully

When we last left John Worden, he had just taken command of a partially-built vessel that had no guns.  Each time guns designated for the Monitor would arrive, they would be commandeered by a vessel that was ready to fight, and so Worden waited.  By January 24, 1862, the guns were still not on board and Worden […]

Keep Up The Morale, Discredit Your Enemy

In the midst of a war between brothers, morale is a key component that cannot be neglected.  The 20th and 21st centuries have laid witness to the effects of low morale, both on and off the battlefield, in conflicts ranging from Vietnam to the War on Terror.  When the public begins to doubt the probability […]

Jefferson Davis and Somali Pirates

What do the Confederates States and Somalia have in common? Lawlessness? No. Low literacy rates? Nope, well maybe but that’s a different story. Arrrg, put your  eye patches thinking caps on. It’s PIRATES, matey!   While reading through some old issues, 150 years old to be exact, of Scientific American (because that’s what history buffs […]

Music Mondays: Titus Andronicus

The Civil War may seem to some like something that only exists in history textbooks or at old battlefields, but inspirations from the Civil War may appear in more places than one would expect.  This new feature, Music Mondays, will explore how the Civil War is still influencing music made 150 years later. A punk […]

Intern Intro

Hello, loyal blog readers!  My name is Mitch Davis and I am a senior history major at Christopher Newport University. I am a new intern at The Mariners’ Museum and will be contributing to the blog.  Here is a little bit about me: I enjoy hiking, kayaking, canoeing, playing basketball, reading, and listening to music.  […]

Outside Intervention

When reflecting upon the Civil War, it is easy to focus solely on the events that occurred within the continental U.S.  But why shouldn’t we?  Doesn’t the nature of a civil war beg scholars to pore over maps, recounts of battles, and other sources which provide first-hand accounts of the conflict that raged on this […]

…a severe monitor…

In 2001, US Navy divers and NOAA archaeologists recovered the USS Monitor‘s 20-ton steam engine. Attached to the face of the engine was this brass gauge. It is the engine register, and it consists of a round metal container which houses six numbered brass wheels that would rotate as the propeller shaft turned. The numbered […]

the right sort of officer…

He had been imprisoned – captured by the Confederates whilst delivering secret orders concerning the relief of Fort Pickens. Recently released, he was still in poor health when the order came to take command of a curious new experimental vessel taking shape in Greenpoint. His name?  John Lorimer Worden. The 43 year old Lieutenant received […]

The Eye of History

We have all heard the cliché “a picture is worth a thousand words”, but is it possible that some images could be worth much more than that?  As time is rewound and technology becomes sparse, images from the past are not only precious, but in many cases rare.  Throughout our nation’s history, citizens did not […]