June 1865: South Atlantic Blockading Squadron reduced but still blockading

As April 1865 turned into May 1865, the Federal war effort slowed dramatically. A visible manifestation of this was the review in Washington, D.C. when three major armies passed on parade, with most of those troops due to muster out within weeks. Other components of the Federal war machine deactivated with much less fanfare.  TheContinue reading “June 1865: South Atlantic Blockading Squadron reduced but still blockading”

Re-enforcements for the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron

The fall of Fort Fisher allowed the Navy to shift some weight around on the Atlantic coast.  At the start of the month the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron (NABS) had almost sixty warships concentrated at the mouth of the Cape Fear River.  And with the fall of the bastion, the Federals could reduce that commitment. Continue reading “Re-enforcements for the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron”

January 16, 1865: Dahlgren sees “a sign of the end.”

Rear-Admiral John Dahlgren’s official diary as commander of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron was generally constrained to operational matters.  So one would expect mention of the USS Patapsco on January 16, 1865.  And there was mention, along with other matters: January 16 – General Sherman has sent me the key of the cipher of theContinue reading “January 16, 1865: Dahlgren sees “a sign of the end.””