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Monitor Log: 4 April 1862

You would not know it from the Monitor‘s log book, but Friday, April 4, 1862 was an important day.  It  marked the official beginning of McClellan’s Peninsular Campaign, as Union troops began their slow move from Fortress Monroe up the Peninsula. Meanwhile, over in Gosport, The Virginia  came out of drydock.  Now repaired, she boasted a new and deadlier ram – 12 feet in length with a hard steel tip.


Remarks  Friday April 4th/62


From Midnight to 4 A.M. light airs fine weather steamers arriving with


                                                                                                            Louis Stodder


From 4 to 8 A.M.  wind E.S.E. pleasant weather at 8 AM the workmen

employed on the Pilot house came on board                                                                         

                                                                                                            Geo. Frederickson


From 8 AM to Meridian  Fresh breeze from S.E. and pleasant weather 

mechanics employed on board                                                                                                                                                                                                            William Flye


From Meridian to 4 P.M. wind same swell washing over deck  Hatches

caulked down  delivered 6 incendiary shells to gun boat Penobscot                                                                                                                                                 E. V. Gager


From 4 to 6 P.M  wind & weather same                                            

                                                                                                            Louis Stodder


From 6 to 8 P.M  Light breeze from the eastward & squally                                                                                                                                                             Geo. Frederickson


From 8 P.M. to Midnight  Moderate breezes from E. and cloudy with

Lightning and some rain                                                                    

                                                                                                            William Flye