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A busy day…

On this day in 1861…… In Virginia, Lieutenant John Mercer Brooke, CSN, began to study and experiment with projectiles and rifled guns – including armor-piercing bolts. Captain George Hollins, CSN, captured the side-wheel steamer St. Nicholas on the Potomac River. Captain Samuel Francis DuPont, USN, of the Blockade Strategy Board recommended that two ports, one […]

Secret work…….

150 years ago today, Lieutenant John Mercer Brooke, Naval Constructor John Luke Porter, and Chief Engineer William Price Williamson completed the report on Confederate homefront ironclad design. The Panel would ultimately recommend that the salvaged Merrimack be transformed into an ironclad. Porter and Williamson had arrived in Richmond the day before, Porter bringing with him […]

And on June 3rd…..

On this day in 1861, Secretary of the Confederate Navy, Stephen Russell Mallory instructed naval engineer Lieutenant John Mercer Brooke to develop an ironclad design for construction in the South. Former presidential candidate and Illinois senator Stephen A. Douglas passed away in Chicago from a suspected case of typhoid fever. “The Little Giant” was 48. […]