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“…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: 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. […]

Rip Raps and Receiving Ships

On June 15 in 1861, the Rifled Sawyer gun on Fort Calhoun (otherwise known as the Rip Raps Battery) shelled Confederate batteries at Sewell’s Point. The venerable old frigate USF United States has now become the CSRS Confederate States after the Federal abandonment of Gosport Navy Yard. The frigate was organized as a school ship […]