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‘The spectral blue lights rose in vain…’

The January 24, 1863 issue of Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper carries the story of the Monitor‘s sinking on the front page. But buried within the issue was also the following poem. What I find interesting is that part two deals with the search that ensued after the sinking. There is no author listed – likely […]

From those who were there……

Key: John Bankhead, Captain, USS Monitor Samuel Dana Greene, Executive Officer, USS Monitor William Keeler, Acting Assistant Paymaster, USS Monitor Grenville Weeks, Acting Assistant Surgeon, USS Monitor Joseph Watters, Second Asst. Engineer, USS Monitor George Geer, Fireman, USS Monitor David Ellis, Paymaster’s Steward, USS Monitor Francis Butts, Landsman, USS Monitor Stephen D. Trenchard, Commander, USS […]

The Last Voyage of the USS Monitor

On Christmas Eve 1862, orders came in for the USS Monitor to proceed to Beaufort, North Carolina, then presumably to Charleston, though it was not stated in the orders.[1] On Christmas Day, both officers and crew observed the holiday with both work and festive food and drink. Some of the crew had leave to go […]

“Proceed….”

Monitor Log: 11 September 1862

Our journey through the Monitor‘s logbook ends today. Thomas Stevens turned over command to John P. Bankhead and a new logbook was started on September 12, 1862. That log presumably still lies at the bottom of the sea, along with the Monitor. Remarks Sept 11th /1862   Commences & till 4 With fresh breezes from the N.E […]

Monitor Log: 10 September 1862

Remarks Sept 10th /62   Commences & till 4 Wind N.E & rain squalls                                                                     Louis Stodder     From 4 to 8 Strong breeze from the N.E & squally weather with showers of rain  at 6 the St[eame]r Morse went up the river                                                                                                    [Not Signed]                                                               From 8 to Meridian Wind N & E[astwar]d  […]