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secession, transfers and a poem

On this day in 1861, Tennessee seceded with a majority vote. Governor John Letcher of Virginia officially transferred Virginia troops to the Confederacy. While this move put the commander of the Virginia Army out of a job, General Robert E. Lee remained as an advisor to Confederate President Jefferson Davis. This poem, written on June […]

Meanwhile in Gosport…..

On this day 150 years ago, Chief Engineer Benjamin Franklin Isherwood completed repairs to USS Merrimack at Gosport Navy Yard. Though Isherwood proclaimed the frigate ready for sea, Yard Commander McCauley denied approval for the Merrimack to leave Gosport. Given the tenuous state of affairs following the news of secession, and the timidity of McCauley, […]