“None of your ironclads will be withdrawn”: Status quo for Dahlgren’s squadron

Where as a year earlier the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron might have complained of over use, in September 1864 the sailors, particularly those on the ironclads, may have complained about the doldrums of inaction.  The blockade of Charleston required long hours of watch interrupted with an occasional chase of a runner or shell fired atContinue reading ““None of your ironclads will be withdrawn”: Status quo for Dahlgren’s squadron”

XV-inch Dahlgrens: Heavy guns for the monitors

On April 7, 1863, the Navy brought the heaviest guns in service to the entrance to Charleston, South Carolina. The action was not a combat debut for the XV-inch Dahlgren gun.  But the appearance of seven monitors, each sporting one of these massive cannons, was a ominous turn for Confederate defenders.  Not only could theContinue reading “XV-inch Dahlgrens: Heavy guns for the monitors”