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17 September 1863: “Our force of wooden vessels in the sounds, necessarily of light draft and lightly armed, will by no means be adequate to contend against the rebel ram and battery…”

Item description: “Letter of the Secretary of the Navy to the Secretary of War requesting that army forces be employed to destroy the Confederate ram building on the Roanoke River.” In this letter, the Secretary of the Navy (U.S.), Gideon … Continue reading

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14 June 1863: “The captain, without hesitation, acknowledged her to be a Confederate vessel and stated his cargo to consist of liquors, medicines, drugs, and provisions, with probably some articles for the rebel Government.”

Item description: “Capture of Confederate steamer Calypso, June 11, 1863. Report of Commander Bankhead, U. S. Navy, commanding U. S. S. Florida.” The report discusses the capture of the Confederate steamer Calypso off the North Carolina coast. The ship was … Continue reading

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4 June 1863: “The main purpose of the expedition is to destroy the foundry, where it is said shot, shell, guns, and other instruments of rebellion are manufactured.”

Item description: Report, dated 4 June 1863, by Major General Erasmus D. Keyes regarding an expedition to destroy a Confederate foundry on the Mattapony River near Walkerton, Virginia. To read more from the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in … Continue reading

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27 April 1863: Drawing of the U.S.S. Steamer Allison, by Herbert E. Valentine

Item description: Drawing, dated 27 April 1863, of the U.S.S. Monitor, drawn by Herbert E. Valentine, a private in Company F of the 23rd Massachusetts Volunteers, who served in the United States Army between 1861 and 1864 in eastern Virginia, North … Continue reading

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15 April 1863: “We would be out of ammunition in a few hours’ fire and have to remain under the fire of the rebel batteries and not [be able to] get up to New Berne or to return again.”

Item description: “Report of Lieutenant-Commander McCann, U. S. Navy, giving the views of Major-General Foster, U. S. Army, regarding boats in the Pamlico.” The report discusses naval actions near Washington, North Carolina, and includes the opinions of Major General John … Continue reading

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19 February 1863: “…you can, cooperating with General Foster’s land force, destroy the rebel ironclads building on the rivers…”

Item description: “Order of Acting Rear-Admiral Lee, U. S. Navy, to Commander Murray, U. S. Navy, to cooperate with land force for the destruction of Confederate ironclads under construction.” To read more from the Official Records of the Union and … Continue reading

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17 February 1863: “To arms, fellow citizens, come to share with us our dangers, our brilliant success, or our glorious death.”

Item Description: Letter, 17 February 1863, to the authorities and citizens of Savannah, GA, and Charleston, SC, warning of an impending attack on both cities, and Special Orders No. 44, issued to Brigadier General Thomas Lanier Clingman, advising his brigade to prepare … Continue reading

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27 December 1862: “It looks to me as if the persons named intended that they should be captured by the rebels.”

Item description: “Report of Commander Murray, U. S. Navy, regarding the reported capture of parties transporting goods from Norfolk [Virginia] to Elizabeth City [North Carolina].” To read more from the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the … Continue reading

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3 December 1862: “The captain of the said schooner acknowledges his intention of running the blockade.”

Item description: “Report of Commander Parker, U. S. Navy, regarding the chase of the schooner Brilliant and the capture of the schooner Emma Tuttle. To read more from the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War … Continue reading

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20 November 1862: “…she was partially burned and waterlogged, loaded with rosin. No clue could be found by which to identify her. I did everything possible to destroy and render her useless.”

Item description: Report of Acting Volunteer Lieutenant Trathen, U. S. Navy, of the capture of an unknown schooner, November 5, 1862. The schooner was captured off the coast of North Carolina, near New Inlet. To read more from the Official … Continue reading

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