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Monthly Archives: April 2012

Monitor Log: 22 April 1862

Remarks  Tuesday April 22nd/62   From Midnight to 4 AM Fresh breezes from S.W. & fine clear weather                        William Flye     From 4 to 8 AM Wind & weather same                                                             E.V. Gager         From 8 to Meridian Wind west & clear Baltimore boat not arrived, deserter from Norfolk came on board […]

Monitor Log: 21 April 1862

Improvements continued to be made to the Monitor throughout her life – but apparently, not all of them worked.  On this day, Gager mentions the failed attempt at installing a Booby Hatch.  An intriguing term,  with no precise origin, a booby hatch usually denoted a  sliding wooden hatch cover. It could also be a small […]

Monitor Log: 20 April 1862

In the midst of an otherwise unremarkable day in the logbook, there is a mention that the Monitor received 3 signal lamps this day. Could the iconic red signal lantern that is on display in the USS Monitor Center be one of these?  We will likely never know – but it is this type of intriguing clue […]

John C. Calhoun, Civil War Connections, and Charleston Pt. 2

Just as promised here is the second part of the Charleston blog post (click here if you missed the first part).  Charleston and South Carolina in general are proud of their history, about everywhere you turn there is a school, a road, a lake, you name it, and it has probably been named for a […]

Monitor Log: 19 April 1862

Remarks  Saturday April 19th/62   From Midnight to 4 A.M. Light breeze from S.W. & cloudy                              Geo. Frederickson     From 4 to 8 AM Moderate breeze from S.W. & pleasant latter part cloudy with sprinkling rain                                                                                                                                                                                                                             William Flye     From 8 to Meridian Light winds from south & cloudy weather with light […]

Monitor Log: 18 April 1862

Remarks  Friday April 18th/62   From Midnight to 4 AM Moderate breeze from S.S.W. with clear & pleasant weather                                                                                                                                                William Flye     From 4 to 8 A.M. Light breeze from S.W. fine weather workmen came off at 7.45 A.M.                                                                                                                                 E.V. Gager     From 8 to Meridian Wind S.W. & heavy.  Mechanics […]

Jefferson Davis the Devil: Political Cartoons & Propganda

Political cartoons during the Civil War era were more villainous than today and often depicted Confederate leaders as devils, snake, rats, etc.  Jefferson Davis was the main target of the Union hatred that showed up in the political comics of the northern publications. Below is a picture of Jefferson Davis as the devil and he is […]

Monitor Log: 17 April 1862

It only warrants a brief remark – but  a significant event occurred during the first dog watch on this day, 150 years ago.  E.V. Gager wrote “succeeded in getting both guns out at once.” Until this day, only one XI-inch Dahlgren could be run out at a time.  The cylindrical nature of the turret kept the […]

Music Monday: Steve Earle and the Del McCoury Band

The song “Dixieland” by Steve Earle and the Del McCoury Band tells the story of a man who immigrated from Europe to America and then fought for the Union in the Civil War.  This folk sounding tune is accompanied with banjo in the background which goes perfect with a song about “goin’ down to Dixieland.”  […]

Monitor Log: 16 April 1862

Boys will be boys – and the Monitor boys were no exception.  In todays log entry, we see that seamen James Fenwick and Charles Sylvester got into a fight on this day 150 years ago and were “ironed together” as punishment. As the weather was turning during the afternoon watch, it is likely that they were […]