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Skip to main content Skip to navigation. Blue Bush Branch Library Monday: pm pm Carleton Branch Library Monday: pm pm Dorsch Memorial Branch Library Monday: am pm Dundee Branch Library Monday: am pm Erie Branch Library Monday: pm pm Frenchtown-Dixie Branch Library Monday: am pm Ida Branch Library Monday: am pm Navarre Branch Library Monday: pm pm Maybee Branch Library Monday: pm pm Newport Branch Library Monday: pm pm Rasey Memorial Branch Library Monday: am pm Robert A.
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We have met Lt. Stevens before, as he and his ship were involved in a bizarre chase with a train departing Fernandina about a week ago. The Ottawa was involved in the first Union occupation of Jacksonville on 12 March, helping land troops of the 4th New Hampshire Regiment. The next day, Stevens and his ship made the journey up the St.
Johns River to Palatka. In his report to the S.
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The boat had been purchased by an English citizen, after winning what became known as the "America's Cup", and turned into a blockade runner, but when the Navy arrived at Jacksonville and sealed off the river he had it towed upriver and sunk. Navy personnel raised the boat a few days later and it was turned into a Union blockader. Thus the first contact folks in Palatka had with Union forces was with Navy men. For much of the remainder of the year, US Navy officers and men had numerous intractions with the Florida citizens living along the St.
Johns, assuring them that they were there to protect the folks and their property. The efforts of the USN personnel went a long way towards garnering good will towards the Union. CWN Bloggers Unite! Matthew Eng, Sarah Adler, Craig Swain, Seaman Rob Although we have already posted several posts on this past weekend's Battle of Hampton Roads festivities, I would be hard pressed if I didn't say a few words to wrap up the fantastic event.
Everything in between: the descendant's breakfast, the reenactors, the living history day crafts and activities - all of it was fantastic. It warms my heart to see the hard work put into this commemoration is paying off - either for this commemoration, museums like HRNM and the Mariners', or for enthusiastic individuals who do amazing work online and in print like Craig Swain and Laura June Davis.
The talks I attended were great.
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To be honest, the Hampton Roads Naval Museum booth was swamped. The only talks that I went to were Dr. Either way, fellow blogger Seaman Rob can fill you in with that information from previous posts. Laura Orr talks with visitors I want to personally thank Anna Holloway for all her kind words this weekend. The Mariners' Museum has been a wonderful ally and friend in getting the word spread that the Civil War Navy matters.
For new individuals we met this weekend - welcome. It is a pleasure to meet you. This commemoration, no matter what somebody might tell you otherwise, is yours. It is up to YOU the readers and followers of Civil War history to pass the torch and keep the conversation going. Without your help, the information provided here or other sites set up in commemoration of the war will all be for nothing.
We are all here to provide you with the most up to date information on events and activities surrounding the Civil War Navy Sesquicentennial. We clearly saw this weekend that the message is out there and you are responding - we had over people come up to our booth Hampton Roads Naval Museum and take our literature, admire the Monitor and Virginia LEGOs, and just talk and interact with us. So, from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you for reading this blog and keeping the fire alive.
Let's keep the momentum going. Labels: Civil War Navy Conference , events , battle of hampton roads , battle of hampton roads weekend , Bloggers , civil war navy events , Civil war navy sesquicentennial. Let me count the ways of sinking CSS Virginia. This past weekend's observance of the th anniversary of the Battle of Hampton Roads at the Mariner's Museum in Newport News was a delight.
The presentations and discussions were enlightening and entertaining. He described with illustrations 13 categories of suggestions to President Abraham Lincoln, Secretary of War Simon Cameron, and Navy Secretary Gideon Welles from inventors, maritime experts, explosive tinkerers, concerned citizens, and kooks on the best way to rid Hampton Roads of that Confederate scourge.
Gerleman, assistant editor of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln at the National Archives, outlined how obstructions could keep the ironclad from either leaving her haven on the Elizabeth River or, failing that, blocking her return. If that did not work, a commando raid using what to destroy the vessel and number of men needed were undefined should do the trick. I hope it is not my pipedream -- without the particulars of the patriots who wrote Lincoln, Cameron and Welles with their "good ideas at the time. Labels: CSS Virginia , hampton roads , ironclad , menace , sink.
Monday, March 12, Union occupation of Jacksonville and St. Augustine, Florida.
Johns River Fla. Johns River, Florida on 8 March After reconnoitering the bar at the river mouth, and after repeated attempts to cross, Lt. Lighter draft ships had penetrated upriver prior to that and captured Ft. Steele, a small Confederate fortification near the mouth of the river built of palmetto logs and armed with 7 guns. The Confederates had abandoned the fort a few days earlier after sighting the arrival of the Union flotilla off the river mouth. On 12 March, the first occupation of the City of Jacksonville occurred, as companies of the 4rth New Hampshire Infantry Regiment were landed.
Jacksonville had a fairly large proportion of pro-Union folks, who were overjoyed to see the Union occupation of the city. To their dismay and horror, by the end of the month, Army forces were ordered withdrawn from the city. Officers on the Union Navy vessels were aghast at this action. In an effort to provide some assistance, the Navy established a permanent base of operations at Mayport Mills, three miles upstream of the river mouth and about miles downstream of Jacksonville. Augustine Inlet, south of the St. Johns River mouth.
Shallow depths in the inlet and the harbor did not allow the huge Wabash to enter, and heavy weather that day restricted the use of ship's boats to cross the bar in the Inlet. The next day, 11 March, Commander C. Rogers entered the inlet in a ship's boat with an unarmed landing party, arrived at the harbor, and accepted the surrender of Ft. In the span of barely two weeks, the Union Navy and Army had secured a strong foothold in a big chunk of northeast Florida, securing fortifications, land, and secure harbors.
This formed the basis for subsequent operations in this area of Florida. Fort Marion, St. Augustine Fla. The second day of the BOHR event dawned with some frost on the ground, which is totally unheard of in March for a Floridian!! I attended the morning free lecture by Dr. Along the way he offered history and observations on the officers and men who crewed this revolutionary warship and he made the very interesting point that many of the men who served on the Virginia went on to serve in many important positions in the Confederate Navy, even after the ship was destroyed.
I purchased a copy of Dr. Because I was not an attendee at the Conference, I am going to depend upon all of them to give an update on the content of their presentations and assessment of how it went. I enjoyed meeting many CW re-enactors army, navy and marine from the Virginia area and found them very friendly, informative, and I learned a lot from them. Thanks guys and gals!! All-in-all, this was an incredible weekend and I felt it was worth the drive up from Florida.
Images are from the Naval History and Heritage Command web site. Top photo is Adm. Map of blockade runner routes into the Atlantic Coast. I had the chance to ask a question and asked about the relative importance of taking the Port of Fernandina, Florida. Symonds felt that it was important, but that it was a matter of resources; DuPont took Port Royal first, then was able to allocate ships and manpower to moving southward to take additional ports.
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I spent much of the day hanging out with the Hampton Roads Naval Museum folks and their nifty display. All in all a cool first day at the Battle of Hampton Roads Event; looking forward to tomorrow!!! Labels: Atlantic Blockade , battle of hampton roads weekend , civil war navy events , Craig Symonds. My captivated the audience from start to finish Mrs. Both President Lincoln and his successor Andrew Johnson a former member of the joint committee , and their cabinets, complied with committee requests for meetings and access to information. Members of the joint committee frequently blamed military commanders for Union losses, often accusing them of disloyalty to the government, and they pressed for changes in military command.
They strongly encouraged Lincoln to remove Major General George McClellan from command of the Army of the Potomac after successive losses early in the war. The joint committee proved more convincing in another case, however, and the president acquiesced to its demands that he approve the arrest and imprisonment of Brigadier General Charles Pomeroy Stone.
The Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War produced volumes of copious reports based on its field work and the testimony of dozens of witnesses. Nevertheless, compared to other congressional investigations, the work of the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War remained mostly unknown to the American public.
Committee members felt satisfied that their inquiry prompted President Lincoln to more carefully consider the strategy and evaluate the performance of his top field commanders.
Interviews with military commanders provided detailed accounts of action in the field, while creating a record of wartime events that otherwise would not have been recorded. Legislative Work Continues. As the Senate faced the military challenges of the Civil War, senators also fulfilled their legislative responsibilities by dealing with the economic consequences of the war effort.
We had to create a system of finance that would secure an enlarged revenue. The Revenue Act of established the first federal income tax. A second revenue act, which became law on July 1, , created the Bureau of Internal Revenue within the Treasury Department and established taxes on some luxury items. Another persistent challenge was the low number of men volunteering to serve in the Union army. Senator Henry Wilson, chairman of the Committee on Military Affairs, sponsored the Conscription Act of , which established the first national draft system and required registration by every male citizen and immigrant who had applied for citizenship between the ages of 20 and Even with such conscription laws, however, both the Union and Confederate armies continued to rely mostly upon volunteers.
Eager to equip the Union army with the tools it needed to succeed, senators pushed for legislation to punish the rebels and assist Union troops. The Senate was also remarkably productive in enacting legislation not connected to military needs, including passage of landmark legislation for the homestead settlement of western lands, the expansion of railroad lines, and the establishment of land-grant colleges.
Northern senators therefore took advantage of the absence of the Southern lawmakers to pass a series of historic bills that previously had fallen victim to sectional conflict.