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“Our Grog Must Stop, Our Spirits Drop…”

As you recall, on July 14, 1862, the US Congress issued a statement that cast a pall on many serving in the US Navy. This cessation of liquid courage, slated for the first day of September, 1862, prompted one unnamed tar to pen the following for the 31st of August, 1862.  The melody is unknown […]

The unkindest cut…

On 14 July 1862, the US Congress issued the following: “From and after the first day of September 1862, the spirit ration in the navy of the United States shall for ever cease; and thereafter no distilled spirituous liquors shall be admitted on board of vessels of war, except as medical stores, and upon the […]

With a view to perfect protection….

In his report to Congress on July 4, 1861, Secretary of the Union Navy, Gideon Welles, voiced the following opinion: Much attention has been given within the last few years to the subject of floating batteries, or iron-clad steamers. Other Governments, and particularly France and England, have made it a special object in connection with […]