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”

Distribution of Vessels, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, January 1, 1865

During the war the commanders of the Navy’s operating squadrons provided periodic reports on the assignments of vessels in their respective commands.  Rear-Admiral John Dahlgren did so twice a month (with some variance, but more or less on the 1st and 15th of each month).  As was the practice, he submitted a report on JanuaryContinue reading “Distribution of Vessels, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, January 1, 1865”

August 9, 1864: Prince Albert out on the jetty, another blockade runner sunk

On August 9, 1864, Captain Joseph F. Green, commanding the blockaders off Charleston, reported the demise of another blockade runner: I have to report that a propeller steamer, name unknown, was discovered by the Catskill at daylight this morning aground off Moultrie.  The Catskill immediately opened fire upon her with her rifled howitzers, followed byContinue reading “August 9, 1864: Prince Albert out on the jetty, another blockade runner sunk”