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Sixteen…..

Sixteen men. They came from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales & Denmark. And from Connecticut, Maine, New York, Maryland & Virginia. Some were black, others were white. They were officers and enlisted. Some were well-to-do and some had escaped slavery. The youngest was 18, the oldest, 32. But no matter their ages, origins or skin color […]

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 […]

“…as regards Christmass…”

Three men on board the USS Monitor wrote home about their Christmas on the ironclad. First we’ll hear from an officer:   Paymaster William Keeler December 24 1862 – writing home to his wife, Anna:   Following the call of the Master at Arms at my room with his “six bells” &c last evening came Mr. […]