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This page is intended to provide updated information and discussion on the U.S. Please visit our official homepage at http://www.history.navy.mil. While this is an open forum, it's also a family friendly one, so please keep your comments and wall posts clean. In addition to keeping it family friendly, we ask that you follow our posting guidelines here. Comments and posts that do not follow these g

06/13/2016
The Future of Civil War History: Chris Kolakowski

Thoughts?

What is the future of Civil War history? On the surface, the question is amusingly phrased, asking for the future of something that has occurred in the past. But below the surface there is a seriou…

The latest and greatest from the recent event at the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, by Marcus Robbins.
04/28/2015
"History Matters": The Flag of the CSS Hampton Returns Home

The latest and greatest from the recent event at the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, by Marcus Robbins.

Come--take a mental walk through the past of the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. Discover a history that predates the United States and supported the establishment of the U.S. Navy. Get to know the people, the skilled tradesmen, who helped build it and discover a place that knows not defeat. Although it has…

Excitement at the Hampton Roads Naval Museum!
04/13/2015

Excitement at the Hampton Roads Naval Museum!

The flag is here! You'll get to see it on exhibit starting on Wednesday evening, April 22, at our After Hours History event. The event is completely free of charge and includes refreshments. It begins at 6pm on April 22, but reservations are required by April 17. Call today! 757-322-3168 or [email protected]
You can read about its capture during the fall of Richmond here: http://hamptonroadsnavalmuseum.blogspot.com/2015/04/150-years-ago-css-hamptons-flag-is.html

Great event upcoming at the Hampton Roads Naval Museum.
03/27/2015

Great event upcoming at the Hampton Roads Naval Museum.

Be the first to see our new CSS Hampton flag exhibit. RSVP today for our next After Hours History event on Wednesday, April 22! The event is completely free of charge and includes refreshments. To RSVP, email [email protected] or call 757-322-3168.

Aboard the sidewheel steamer USS Baltimore, anchored on the James River a century-and-a-half ago, a 33-year naval career...
03/20/2015
Hampton Roads Naval Museum: 150 Years Ago: The Court Martial of William A. Parker

Aboard the sidewheel steamer USS Baltimore, anchored on the James River a century-and-a-half ago, a 33-year naval career hung in the balance. Commander William A. Parker, who had until recently commanded the Fifth Division of the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, stood accused of, among other things, "withdrawing from and keeping out of danger to which he should have exposed himself," and "[f]ailing to do his utmost to overtake and capture or destroy a vessel it was his duty to encounter."

Read more about it on the Hampton Roads Naval Museum blog by clicking the link below.

We had so much fun making the cards yesterday for Valentines, we decided to make a few more. Happy Valentines Day from t...
02/14/2015

We had so much fun making the cards yesterday for Valentines, we decided to make a few more. Happy Valentines Day from the CWN 150.

Love is in the air! From the Naval Historical Foundation
02/13/2015

Love is in the air! From the Naval Historical Foundation

February 4, 1865: "The Onondaga I consider a match for the whole rebel fleet . . ."
02/04/2015
February 4, 1865: "The Onondaga I consider a match for the whole rebel fleet . . ."

February 4, 1865: "The Onondaga I consider a match for the whole rebel fleet . . ."

On this day 150 years ago, Rear Admiral David Dixon Porter wrote to Homer C. Blake to commend him for his actions after the Battle Trent's Reach. Porter made it clear that he considered the Onondaga by itself superior to the entire Confederate James River Squadron.CAPE FEAR RIVER, February 4, 1865.

From the Naval Historical Foundation: Bringing you some interesting info very soon about the cultural impact of Robert S...
02/03/2015

From the Naval Historical Foundation: Bringing you some interesting info very soon about the cultural impact of Robert Smalls.

From the Civil War Online: Slamming the Door on the Rebel Fleet.
01/27/2015
January 26, 1865: Slamming the door on the rebel fleet

From the Civil War Online: Slamming the Door on the Rebel Fleet.

On this day 150 years ago, Homer C. Blake, the new commander of the Onondaga and the 5th Division of the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, reported on the steps he had taken to ensure that the Confederate James River Squadron would never be able to descend the James River again.U.S.S. ONONDAGA, Ja

The drama between Porter and Butler begins...with no end in sight.
01/02/2015

The drama between Porter and Butler begins...with no end in sight.

Here is some CWN artifact attention from the National Museum of the United States Navy!
12/22/2014

Here is some CWN artifact attention from the National Museum of the United States Navy!

From the Naval Historical Foundation, our CWN 150 partner organization. A little dose of CWN pop culture for your Thursd...
12/18/2014

From the Naval Historical Foundation, our CWN 150 partner organization. A little dose of CWN pop culture for your Thursday morning!

We strive to bring you poignant and meaningful content. Introducing a new social media initiative for the CWN 150: Civil...
12/15/2014

We strive to bring you poignant and meaningful content. Introducing a new social media initiative for the CWN 150: Civil War Navy Vignettes.

Carte de visit of LT J.B. Smith, a naval officer killed aboard USS Congress during the Battle of Hampton Roads. (NHHC Ph...
11/21/2014

Carte de visit of LT J.B. Smith, a naval officer killed aboard USS Congress during the Battle of Hampton Roads. (NHHC Photo Archive)

The newest  card comes from the XO of CSS Alabama: CDR John M. Kell! Check them all out here! ow.ly/DGGRQ
11/17/2014

The newest card comes from the XO of CSS Alabama: CDR John M. Kell! Check them all out here! ow.ly/DGGRQ

New  card #13 is here from the Naval Historical Foundation. Check it out! ow.ly/DGGRQ
11/13/2014

New card #13 is here from the Naval Historical Foundation. Check it out! ow.ly/DGGRQ

The Naval Historical Foundation is still doing the  cards all month - Every card thus far involves the Civil War navies....
11/12/2014

The Naval Historical Foundation is still doing the cards all month - Every card thus far involves the Civil War navies..see them all at ow.ly/DGGRQ

Timeline photos
10/27/2014

Timeline photos

Read the report of Lieutenant W.B. Cushing, who led a successful assault on the C.S.S. Albemarle on this day in 1864 (pictured in a sketch from the Naval Historical Center).

Albemarle Sound, North Carolina, October, 30, 1864.

SIR:
I have the honor to report that the rebel ironclad Albemarle is at the bottom of the Roanoke River. On the night of the 27th, having prepared my steam launch, I proceeded up toward Plymouth with 13 officers and men, partly volunteers from the squadron.

The distance from the mouth of the river to the ram was about 8 miles, the stream averaging in width some 200 yards, and lined with the enemy's pickets. A mile below the town was the wreck of the Southfield, surrounded by some schooners, and it was understood that a gun was mounted there to command the bend. I therefore took one of the Shamrock's cutters in tow, with orders to cast off and board at that point if we were hailed. Our boat succeeded in passing the pickets, and even the Southfield, within 20 yards, without discovery, and we were not hailed until by the lookouts on the ram. The cutter was then cast off and ordered below, while we made for our enemy under a full head of steam.

The rebels sprung their rattle, rang the bell, and commenced firing, at the same time repeating their hail and seeming much confused.

The light of fire ashore showed me the ironclad made fast to the wharf, with a pen of logs around her about 30 feet from her side.

Passing her closely, we made a complete circle so as to strike her fairly, and went into her bows on. By this time the enemy's fire was fairly severe, but a dose of canister at short range served to moderate their zeal and disturb their aim. Paymaster Swan, of the Otsego, was wounded near me, but how many more I know not. Three bullets struck my clothing, and the air seemed full of them.

In a moment we had struck the logs, just abreast of the quarter port, breasting them in some feet, and our bows resting on them. The torpedo boom was then lowered and by a vigorous pull I succeeded in diving the torpedo under the overhang and exploding it at the same time that the Albemarle's gun was fired. A shot seemed to go crashing through my boat, and a dense mass of water rushed in from the torpedo, filling the launch and completely disabling her.

The enemy then continued his fire at 15 feet range, and demanded our surrender, which I twice refused, ordering the men to save themselves, and removing my own coat and shoes. Springing into the river, I swam, with others, into the middle of the stream, the rebels failing to hit us.

The most of our party were captured, some were drowned, and only one escaped besides myself, and he in another direction. Acting Master's Mate Woodman, of the Commodore Hull, I met in the water half a mile below the town, and assisted him as best I could, but failed to get him ashore.

Completely exhausted, I managed to reach the shore, but was too weak to crawl out of the water until just at daylight, when I managed to creep into the swamp, close to the fort. While hiding a few feet from the path, two of the Albemarle's officers passed, and I judged from their conversation that the ship was destroyed.

Some hours traveling in the swamp served to bring me out well below the town, when I sent a negro in to gain information and found that the ram was truly sunk.

Proceeding through another swamp, I came to a creek and captured a skiff, belonging to a picket of the enemy, and with this, by 11 o'clock the next night, had made my way out to the Valley City.

Acting Master's Mate William L. Howorth, of the Monticello, showed, as usual, conspicuous bravery. He is the same officer who has been with me twice in Wilmington harbor. I trust he may be promoted, when exchanged, as well as Acting Third Assistant Engineer Stotesbury, who, being for the first time under fire, handled his engine promptly and with coolness. All the officers and men behaved in the most gallant manner. I will furnish their names to the Department as soon as they can be procured.

The cutter of the Shamrock boarded the Southfield, but found no gun. Four prisoners were taken there.

The ram is now completely submerged, and the enemy have sunk three schooners in the river to obstruct the passage of our ships.

I desire to call the attention of the admiral and Department to the spirit manifested by the sailors on the ships in these sounds. But few men were wanted, but all hands were eager to go into the action, many offering their chosen shipmates a month's pay to resign in their favor.

I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. B. CUSHING,
Lieutenant, U.S. Navy.

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Last week marked 157 years since the Battle of Hampton Roads took place on March 8-9, 1862. Our Museum Educator, Joseph Miechle reviewed “Our Little Monitor: The Greatest Invention of the Civil War”, which talks about the USS Monitor over the course of 283 pages. It’s a nice follow on from last week’s anniversary, and is the topic of this week’s blog post linked below. And if you want to get a glimpse of her, our gallery contains a detailed model of the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia. American Civil War Museum Civil War Tails at the Homestead Civil War Trails, Inc. Norfolk Historical Society Civil War Navy Magazine Civil War Quarterly Civil War Navy Sesquicentennial
US Navy engineer saw it all: Charleston blockade, 54th Mass. and George B. McClellan.
The USS Monitor Center at the The Mariners' Museum and Park is an archaeological museum and research facility under one roof. It is a must-see.

If you have already been there, do it again. First timers - a treat is in store. U.S. history and naval warfare heritage up front and personal. Get a feel for the emotional connections to a time and place just over one and half centuries ago.

Please support archaeological programs like this. Museums, research, conservation and interpretation require financial support to attain their objectives. Please visit, give when you can - and most of all, spread the word.

ALL proceeds from the sales of illustrated book USS Monitor Completes Its Final Voyage are dedicated to the NOAA Monitor National Marine Sanctuary for future U.S.S. Monitor research. A great holiday gift idea.

Great continued coverage on this project Mark St John Erickson and Daily Press

For more on Virginia:
Maritime Heritage Chapter of the ASV

Thanks for sharing Queen Anne's Revenge - Blackbeard.

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My great grandfather served in the US Navy from 1861-1863, primarily aboard the USS Baron Dekalb. He had formerly been a seaman from Prussia. Then from late 1863-1865 he served in the 8th Michigan Infantry. I have his army records. How can I find out more about his naval service? Thanks in advance for your help.
3D sonar imaging will help confirm identity of Civil War blockade runner off N.C. http://civil-war-picket.blogspot.com/2016/04/3d-sonar-imaging-will-help-confirmed.html
I was really taken aback to find for sale online, from an antique militaria collector in New Jersey, this framed original document of my gg-grandfather, Duncan McNab. The document shows he was a Fireman First Class for the United States Navy (Union Navy) during the Civil War. He was born in Perth, Perthshire Scotland in 1834 and enlisted for three years on Sept. 6, 1861 aboard the "USS Stars and Stripes" in New York Naval Yard. He was honorably discharged on Oct. 8, 1864 on the receiving ship "Ohio" moored in the Boston Naval Yard. He was granted U.S. citizenship on October 19, 1864 as a result of his service in the United States Navy. I previously knew his story, but to find this 152-year-old document for sale blows my mind. I guessing it departed the McNab family at some point at an estate sale.

Military history of the USS Stars and Stripes:
Stars and Stripes initially served along the North Carolina Outer Banks, where she took a sailing blockade runner in mid-December 1861. In February and March 1862 she participated in the capture of Roanoke Island and New Bern. While on blockade duty during the summer she helped destroy the steamer Modern Greece and seized another sailing ship. Following repairs in September 1862 Stars and Stripes was sent to join the East Gulf Blockading Squadron, which operated off western Florida. She was involved in the capture or destruction of additional sailing blockade runners in 1863 and took the steamship Laura on 18 January 1864. The gunboat was also active in raids to destroy Confederate salt works and other economic enterprises. Returning north after the Civil War's end, USS Stars and Stripes was decommissioned at the end of June 1865 and sold at auction in August. Under the names Stars and Stripes and Metropolis, she engaged in civilian trade until wrecked on the coast of North Carolina on 31 January 1878.
I have a question. On the Union Navy Weekly Enlistment Returns, some of the names have a rubber stamp "EMR". Does anyone know what that means?
Q&A on CSS Georgia: Surprises, discoveries, disappointments during recovery of Confederate ironclad from river in Savannah, Ga.
I have a question for anyone who can help me. I look at this picture of the St. Louis and wonder about the emblem between the Chimneys on the ship. It looks like a masonic emblem of the compass and square. Could a masonic raising be taking place on this ship???? I am a mason and it is bugging me.
My father David Welker (author of A Keystone Rebel and Tempest at Ox Hill) is raising money to help with the repair to a 150+ year old grave that was vandalized. He makes no money from it and cares only to see a civil war hero honored appropriately and cares a lot about doing this. As his son I want to make sure it happens for him!

Even a dollar or anything would be very beneficial his goal of being able to have it repaired by the park services! The cost is what the park service said is needed to repair it.


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