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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 […]

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 […]

Monitor Log: 25 June 1862

Remarks June 25th 62   Commences & till 4 AM Light breeze from the NNW & pleasant weather.  Saw three rockets in direction of Richmond                          William Flye     4 to 8 AM Light breeze from the N.W & clear weather                          E.V. Gager     8 to Meridian Wind N.W & clear. St[eame]r Stepping Stones […]

Monitor Log: 9 June 1862

Remarks Monday June 9th/62   Commences & till 4 AM Moderate breeze from N.W cool pleasant weather                William Flye       4 to 8 AM Wind N fresh breeze & cloudy weather.  6 AM St[eame]r Stepping Stones arrived from Fortress Monroe with despatches & mail.  sent her up river to Senior Officer.  Twenty contrabands […]

Monitor Log: 22 May 1862

Remarks Thursday May 22nd/62   Midnight to 4 A.M Wind west & pleasant.  heard two shots.  supposed them to be fired at us from the Riflemen on shore                                    Louis Stodder     4 to 8 A.M Light breezes from the Southd and clear pleasant weather.  at 7.30 hauled alongside of a schooner & got ready […]

“…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: 17 March 1862

March 17, 1862                                  Remarks   From Midnight to 4 A.M. moderate breeze from W. and clear pleasant weather.  Mechanics employed on board.                                                                                                                                                                            William Flye   From 4 to 8 A.M. wind N. Received twenty three hollow shot and four of canister.  Mechanics employed on board                                                                                                                                                                             E.V. Gager   From 8 A.M. to Meridian […]

Monitor Log: 16 March 1862

March 16th, 1862 Remarks From Midnight to 4 AM weather clear and pleasant.  Wind S.W.                                                                                                                                                     E.V.Gager   From 4 to 8 AM fine and clear.  At 5.30 hove up anchor and proceeded further down towards the Fortress.  At 7 AM came to anchor.                                                                                                                                       L.N. Stodder   From 8 AM to Meridian, wind and […]

Monitor Log: 15 March 1862

Saturday March 15, 1862 Remarks. From Midnight to 4 AM light breezes from the S.E. and foggy.  At 2.15 AM. a boat from the flag ship came alongside, with a dispatch from the Flag officers. At 4 A.M. fog dense.                                                                                                                                                                                                E.V.Gager   From 4 to 8 A.M. continues with dense fog and light […]

Monitor Log: 14 March 1862

Friday March 14, 1862                          Remarks   From Midnight to 4 AM light breezes from the NE.  sky overcast, light mist.                                                                                                                                                                            William Flye   From 4 to 8 AM wind N.E. sky overcast weather thick and dense.                                                                                                                                                  J. Webber   From 8 AM to Meridian, thick & foggy weather, with drizzling rain.  Wind N.E. […]