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Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Lauded Little Mac

In the post “The Cowardly Lion on the Peninsula,” Brian introduced you to the faults of General George B. McClellan.  However, what has yet to be explored is how the soldiers or the public felt about their now heavily criticized commander.  Did they see McClellan as a coward or was he considered more of a […]

The Battle of Front Royal

Hello everyone, and welcome to the good ol’ blog! Today’s tidbit about me is: when I brush my teeth, I feel strongly reminded of a fast version of the tune “Turkey in the Straw.”   150 years ago yesterday, the Union and Confederate armies met in battle at Front Royal, Virginia. As a crucial part […]

Monitor Log: 24 May 1862

Remarks May 24th /62   Midnight to 4 P.M Wind & weather same.  Heat lightning to the southward                                                                                                                                                      William Flye     4 to 8 A.M Wind N.N.E & cloudy.   slight showers of rain                     E. V. Gager     8 to Meridian Rainy & N.E. wind, Dragon came alongside                         Louis Stodder     […]

Monitor Log: 23 May 1862

Remarks Sunday May 23rd/62   Midnight to 4 A.M Light airs at S.W. & fine weather                                           E.V. Gager     4 to 8 a.m. Wind & weather same, two prize schooners sailed                Louis Stodder     8 to Meridian Light & baffling airs from SW to W & clear. Port Royal arrived at 10.30 Aroostook moved down […]

Early Submarines Part 2

Well hey there, readers – good to see you again! After all, it’s been SO LONG since I’ve posted on the good ol’ blog… (yes that was sarcasm). Today’s (second) tidbit about me is: in terms of climate and setting preferences, although I like the warm summer of the beach, I prefer the cool autumn […]


Collecting cards has been a hobby of Americans for far longer than many may realize.  Today, someone might have a signed baseball card of Mickey Mantle or Hank Aaron on their shelf, no doubt an excellent conversation piece and noteworthy specimen of Americana.  However, in the 1860’s, the portraits of a very different kind of […]

Early Submarines Part 1

Hello readers, and welcome back to the good ol’ blog! Today’s tidbit about me is: I’m a fan of football and ice hockey, but I find soccer to be one of the most tedious sports ever.   In my second Blog post, I discussed how the world responded to the first armed contest between ironclad […]

Monitor Log: 22 May 1862

Remarks Thursday May 22nd/62   Midnight to 4 A.M Wind west & pleasant.  heard two shots.  supposed them to be fired at us from the Riflemen on shore                                    Louis Stodder     4 to 8 A.M Light breezes from the Southd and clear pleasant weather.  at 7.30 hauled alongside of a schooner & got ready […]

Take A Look Around: The Photography of Andrew J. Russell

To continue my recent exploration of Civil War photographers, today I would like to introduce you to Andrew J. Russell, a New Yorker who took his wartime experience and applied it to yet another monumental event in American history: the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad.  Born in Nunda, Russell began his career as a […]

Monitor Log: 21 May 1862

Remarks Wednesday May 21st/62   Midnight to 4 AM. Light breeze from S.E with thick and rainy weather  Geo. Frederickson     4 to 8 A.M Light wind varying from E. to S. and cloudy weather.  Latter part wind shifted to S and fine clear weather.  Heard firing in the direction of Petersburgh       William […]