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”

“Ninety-eight of these shells struck the vessel”: Destruction of the blockade runner Flora

At least four different blockade runners used the name “Flora.”  The third of these was an iron steamer owned by the Importing and Exporting Company of Georgia, associated with the Lamars of that state.  On October 18, the Flora left Nassau for her maiden run through the blockade, heading for Charleston.  Bad luck dogged theContinue reading ““Ninety-eight of these shells struck the vessel”: Destruction of the blockade runner Flora”

“I desire…to administer some corrective”: Dahlgren launches retalitory raid to Murrell’s Inlet

On this day (December 23) in 1863, Rear-Admiral John Dahlgren gave orders to Captain Joseph F. Green of the USS Canandaigua to lead an expedition back to Murrell’s Inlet. I desire to send a suitable force for operation at Murrell’s Inlet under your command. The Ward and Perry have each lost a boat’s crew there,Continue reading ““I desire…to administer some corrective”: Dahlgren launches retalitory raid to Murrell’s Inlet”