January 26, 1865: “Ships were made to be lost” – USS Dai Ching abandoned and burned

The loss of the USS Dai Ching on January 26, 1865 was a small setback for Federal operations in South Carolina. But one that was taken in stride. As General Sherman would later remark, “ships were made to be ‘lost’.”

January 24 – 26, 1865: Gunboats probe along the South Carolina coast

While Major-General William T. Sherman worked his wide-spaced wings into position to start the invasion of South Carolina during the latter half of January 1865, the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron launched several forays up the rivers along the South Carolina coast.  In part these were to test the Confederate defenses.  But Sherman and Rear-Admiral JohnContinue reading “January 24 – 26, 1865: Gunboats probe along the South Carolina coast”

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”