Repairing Monitors at Port Royal

On November 30, 1863, Rear-Admiral John Dahlgren provided a status report to the Navy Department covering the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron’s activities at the close of the month.  A substantial portion of that report – two paragraphs out of a total of seven – centered upon repairs to the ironclads of the squadron.In addition, DahlgrenContinue reading “Repairing Monitors at Port Royal”

Five Medals: Passing a rope to the USS Lehigh 150 years ago

Around 7 a.m. this morning (November 16) 150 years ago, observers in Fort Moultrie noticed a monitor laying just off Morris Island.  This was nothing surprising.  For weeks, the monitors had pulled picket duty at night then setup to bombard Fort Sumter as opportunity came.  As the morning light opened, they realized the monitor wasContinue reading “Five Medals: Passing a rope to the USS Lehigh 150 years ago”

Monitors aground: A recurring theme at the entrance to Charleston harbor

Earlier today I wrote about the grounding of the USS Lehigh, 150 years ago this evening.  Observers in Fort Moultrie reported the ironclad was 2,300 yards distant the following morning.  So the general location of the Lehigh when grounding is depicted in the blue circle here: You may recall that on September 7, 1863, theContinue reading “Monitors aground: A recurring theme at the entrance to Charleston harbor”