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“Gallant Heroes” and a boast…

  As it almost always happens, I find the most interesting things whilst looking for something else altogether.  In any event, I have been sifting through the digitized editions of the Richmond Daily Dispatch that were placed on line by the University of Richmond via an IMLS grant (hie thee hence to our Port of Call […]

Monitor Log: 11 May 1862

Remarks Sunday May 11/62   From Midnight to 4 A. M . Wind and weather same until 3 A.M when it shifted suddenly to E.N.E. with fresh breezes.  The fire towards Norfolk brightened and illuminated the entire Horizon.  3 AM a fire with occasional bright flashes as of powder exploding broke out towards Sewalls point batteries                                       […]

“…a sad finish for such a bright beginning.”

After the fall of Norfolk, the Virginia found herself without a home.  Her commanding officer, Josiah Tattnall was thus faced with a dilemma. If he attempted to attack the Union fleet, he had some hope of destroying several vessels before being sunk, or worse, captured. He rejected this plan because of the risk of being […]

Monitor Log: 5 May 1862

The fighting was fierce in Williamsburg on this day 150 years ago, but in Hampton Roads, it was another dreary day on the Monitor. Mechanics still worked on the pilothouse and the men wondered what the strange lights were at Craney Island… Remarks Monday May 5th/62     From Midnight to 4 A.M. Fresh breeze […]

Monitor Log: 15 April 1862

Another in a long list of notable visitors, French minister to the U.S. Henri Mercier visited the Monitor while in Hampton Roads.   Remarks Tuesday April 15th/62   From Midnight to 4 A.M. Baffling airs from east to south thick & overcast with drizzling rain                   Geo. Frederickson     From 4 to 8 AM. Light breezes […]

Monitor Log: 12 April 1862

Remarks  Saturday April 12th/62   From Midnight to 4 A.M. Fine weather gentle breeze from N.N.W.                               L.N. Stodder     From 4 to 8 A.M. Clear & pleasant weather gentle breeze from NNW. but hauling to the eastward                                                                                                                             Geo. Frederickson         From 8 to Meridian Light breeze from the Eastward & […]