Category Navy

Confederate Boat Burners on the Mississippi

Here’s Professor Laura June Davis giving a really good talk on confederate boat burners and naval guerrillas on the Mississippi River near the end of the Civil War. The video’s description reads, “Southern Utah University Professor Laura June Davis talked about Confederate boat burners and naval guerrilla action on the lower Mississippi River during the last […]

1865 Black Diamond Naval Disaster

This is Karen Stone speaking with Jake Wynn of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine about the sinking of the Black Diamond. The video’s description reads, “In late-April 1865, with the Civil War drawing to a close, the barge Black Diamond sank following a nighttime collision on the lower Potomac River with a steamer loaded with Union troops. […]

Recovering the USS Cairo

Here is the indomitable Edwin C. Bearss at the 2019 Longwood University symposium discussing the recovery and raising of the U.S.S. Cairo. Ed was intimately involved in that operation, and he has several photos to add to his recollections and reflections. He delivers this talk as only Ed Bearss can deliver a talk. The video’s […]

USS Monitor’s Wartime Service, Sinking, and Recovery

Here’s the historian John Quarstein speaking about the USS Monitor at the 2019 Longwood University symposium. He gives an excellent talk. The video’s description reads, “John Quarstein is director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center and author of “The Monitor Boys: The Crew of the Union’s First Ironclad.” He discussed the Monitor’s famous battle against the […]

USS Monitor Warship

Here’s Anna Holloway of the Mariner’s Museum discussing the USS Monitor. She gave this presentation at the 2018 Abraham Lincoln Institute symposium at Ford’s Theatre. The video’s description reads, “Anna Holloway, co-author, Our Little Monitor: The Greatest Invention of the Civil War, talked about the USS Monitor warship at a day-long symposium on Abraham Lincoln’s life, career & […]

The Andromeda

The citation for this case is 69 US [2 Wall.] 481. This is another case of attempted blockade running. The case was argued on 25 January 1865 and decided on 13 February 1865. The USS Pursuit captured the schooner Andromeda off the Cuban coast on May 20, 1862. She was headed to Havana after having begun her […]

The Baigorry

The citation for this case is 69 US [2 Wall.] 474. This case arises from the naval blockade of the confederacy. The schooner Baigorry, loaded with cotton, was captured by the USS Bainbridge on June 9, 1862 about a hundred miles from Havana, her destination from her departure point of Calcasieu Pass, Louisiana. She was taken to […]

The Circassian

The citation for this case is 69 US [2 Wall.] 135. On May 4, 1862 the US ship Somerset captured a steamship named Circassian flying British colors about seven-to-eight miles off the north coast of Cuba. Officers who boarded the vessel found evidence the ship was attempting to run the blockade and bring goods into the port […]

2017 Civil War Institute Day Three

Day Three is in the books. We started off with a round table discussion on George Gordon Meade. The participants were Brooks Simpson, Scott Hartwig, Jennifer Murray, and John Hennessy. This was a pretty good discussion, moderated by Pete Carmichael. They started off by considering why Meade is forgotten. Scott Hartwig identified three factors: Dan […]

The Narrative of a Blockade Runner

This is a book by John Wilkinson, who was a confederate sailor. He commanded an ironclad in New Orleans before hew as captured. After prison he was chosen to lead a raid to free confederate prisoners on Johnson’s Island, but the planning came to naught when the Union officials found out about it. He commanded […]