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Monitor Log: 24 April 1862

On this day, the Monitor was joined in Hampton Roads by another ironclad – the USS Galena. You might say they were cousins, since the Galena was championed by Cornelius Bushnell and built with iron supplied by John Winslow and John Griswold. In fact, many of the documents relating to the Monitor‘s construction contain material relating to the Galena, which was constructed in Mystic, CT. Commissioned on 21 April, Galena joined the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron after being towed from New York.

Remarks Thursday April 24th/62


From Midnight to 4 A.M.

Wind N.E. & squally                                                             

Louis N. Stodder



From 4 to 8 A.M.

Continues squally from N.E. with hail                                              

Geo. Frederickson



From 8 A.M. to Meridian

Moderate breezes from N.E. with pleasant weather             

William Flye





From Meridian to 4 P.M.

Wind light from east & clear weather, received 3 Bbls. oil for Engineers Dept. 

Iron Clad Gun boat Galena anchored close to at 3 P.M.                                                                                                                                                                    E.V .Gager



From 4 to 6 P.M.

Wind N.E. & pleasant, hearing firing at Yorktown & Norfolk                                                                                                                                               Louis N. Stodder



From 6 to 8 P.M.

Wind fresh from N.E. & cloudy                                                        

Geo. Frederickson



From 8 to Midnight

Fresh breezes from N.E. & dark, cloudy weather                 

William Flye