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Monthly Archives: July 2013

Uncle Abraham has arrived on the James

We know that President Lincoln visited the Monitor on the 9th of July, 1862. But what did he do when he left the little ironclad? On July 12, 1862 the New York Times printed the following article:   The army was yesterday taken by surprise by a most unexpected visit by President LINCOLN. At 3 o’clock a […]

…my Liver is out of order….

There was probably nothing more miserable than being on board an iron ship in the middle of the James River in the summertime. But if you were sick….that made it even worse. Fireman George Geer of the USS Monitor apparently drank some of the brackish water from the James and suffered the consequences….. James River July […]