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“the forlorn hopes of the sea…”

In a statement presented to the Committee on Naval Affairs of the Confederate Congress, Secretary of the Confederate Navy Stephen Mallory proved himself to be something of a visionary yet again: These facts are presented for your consideration. I regard the possession of an iron-armored ship, as a matter of the first necessity. Such a […]

“we have a navy to build…”

On April 26, 1861, Secretary of the Confederate Navy, Stephen Mallory, wrote the following: In pursuance of the authority contained in the naval appropriation act approved March 16, 1861, I entered upon the duty of procuring vessels for the Navy of the Confederate States. Experienced and judicious naval officers and civilians have been actively engaged […]