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Sealing the Confederate Coffin

Hi everyone, and welcome to the Civil War Connections blog! My name is Kelly, and I’ll be blogging this semester as an intern at The Mariners’ Museum.  I’m currently a senior at Christopher Newport University, and I’m studying both History and English Literature. As a self proclaimed history nerd, I’m a huge fan of studying […]

Going to Carolina with my troops…..

150 years ago today, the squadron commanded by Flag Officer Silas  Stringham left Hampton Roads with 900 troops led by Major General Benjamin Franklin Butler. Their destination? Hatteras Inlet, North Carolina.

Contrabands of War

Escaped slaves were referred to as contrabands of the war. Many escaped slaves in Hampton Roads made their way to Fort Monroe. Here, General Benjamin Butler struggled with the deciding what to do with these slaves. The Fugitive Slave Law required that they be returned to their owners. Naturally, this would not be the case […]

Hot Air

Look – in the sky! It’s a bird…no….it’s a plane (no, wait, those haven’t been invented yet…) it’s John LaMountain! The resourceful yet prickly Mr. LaMountain began aerial reconnaissance from a balloon at Fortress Monroe on this day, 150 years ago. He had wanted to be the US Army’s Chief Aeronaut, but that honor went […]