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”

Was the capture of the blockade-runner Pocahontas a SIGINT success?

On the morning of July 9, 1864, Acting-Master Frederick W. Strong, commanding the tug-boat USS Azalea reported the capture of the Confederate schooner Pocahontas the night before: I respectfully report the capture at 11:30 p.m., July 8, of the schooner Pocahontas, of and from Charleston, S.C., bound to Nassau, New Providence, with a cargo ofContinue reading “Was the capture of the blockade-runner Pocahontas a SIGINT success?”