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Monitor Log: 4 July 1862

  On 4 July 1862, the Monitor and the steamer Maratanza happened upon their old foe the CSS Teaser at Turkey Island in the James River. Commanded by Hunter Davidson, late of the CSS Virginia, the Teaser was transporting Confederate army officers to locations near Chaffin’s Bluff on the James. Two shells from the Maratanza […]

Early Submarines Part 2

Well hey there, readers – good to see you again! After all, it’s been SO LONG since I’ve posted on the good ol’ blog… (yes that was sarcasm). Today’s (second) tidbit about me is: in terms of climate and setting preferences, although I like the warm summer of the beach, I prefer the cool autumn […]

The Battle of Drewry’s Bluff

Howdy friends, and welcome to another posting on the good ol’ blog! Today’s tidbit about me is: during a visit to Dublin in May of 2008, I completely bypassed the 2-hour-long line for admission to the Guinness Brewery by registering online the night before at no extra cost! You should all do the same if […]

“…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 […]

We Need More Ironclads, Now!

Hey readers, welcome back to the good ol’ blog! Today’s tidbit of information about me is: I’m an enthusiastic Civil War reenactor with the 17th VA Company D and I will be proudly joining them on May 19th and 20th at the 148th Battle of New Market in New Market, VA. (This concludes my shameless plug). […]

Shields For Soldiers!

Hello, everyone! My name is Brian Whitenton, and I would like to tell YOU cool stuff about the Civil War! I’ll be writing on the good ol’ blog this summer, and adding in little tidbits about myself for those who may be interested. For example, today’s tidbit is: I’m a 24 year old History graduate […]

Monitor Log: 6 May 1862

Anticipating another engagement with the CSS Virginia, the men of the Monitor were hard at work making modifications to their vessel.  William Keeler wrote that “We are putting in two more engines to drive a large pump intended to free us from water in case the ‘Big Thing” succeeds in getting a hole in us […]

Monitor Log: 4 May 1862

Boatloads of visitors swarmed the Monitor on this day 150 years ago. Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Gustavus Vasa Fox was aboard with several ladies, as well as the French Minister Mercier and Gideon Welles’ brother. Boat after boat of visiting Army officers came alongside throughout the day – leaving the officers and crew of […]

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 & […]

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 […]