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Monitor Log: 6 March 1862

And so, she left Brooklyn, bound for Hampton Roads. Unbeknownst to the men on board, the Monitor had new orders that day – to go immediately to Washington, D.C. for the defense of the capital. A vessel had been dispatched to intercept the Monitor and deliver the new orders, but she was already too far away.  The orders were instead relayed to John Marston, in command of the USS Roanoke  in Hampton Roads. He was to send the Monitor north upon her arrival…


Thursday March 6th



From Midnight to 4 AM, fine clear weather

light breeze from NW                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Geo. Frederickson


From 4 to 8 AM cold & clear weather

wind from NW                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   J. Webber


From 8 to Meridian, clear & cold weather, wind

from WNW.  At 10:30 AM left the Navy Yard

in company with, U.S. Steam Gun boats Currituck

& Sachem, also Steam tug Seth Low.           

Louis Stodder


From 12 to 4 PM first part cloudy, latter

part clear, with fresh breeze from Westward 

Crossed the bar & discharged the Pilot. At 4

PM, Sandy Hook light bore WNW. Dis-

tance 6 miles, Making 5 knots an hour by Log

                                                                                                            Geo. Frederickson


From 4 to 6 PM wind west, weather with

streaked clouds.  Course S ½ W.   5 ¼ knots

an hour.  6 P.M. Gun Boats Currituck

& Sachem bore abaft the beam          

                                                                                                            J. Webber                               

From 6 to 8 P.M., course S ½ W, 5 ½ Knots

                                                                                                            Louis Stodder                        

From 8 to midnight, fine weather. 

At 8:30 made Barnegat-light, beaming

S by W,  At 10:15 bore west & at 12

S.S.W.  Speed 5 ¼ knots       

                                                                                                            Geo. Frederickson