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THE CONFEDERATE H.L. HUNLEY SUBMARINE – NO “LUCK OF THE IRISH”

The Confederate States H.L. Hunley Submarine, regarded as the first successful attack submarine, was one ill-fated vessel in The War Between the States.  Yes, many of you may call it the Civil War, but that implies an internal war within one country...
by CarolinaHeartStrings on Mar 14, 2012

Confederate Congress adjourns; Lee, others made full general

In Washington, the Asst. Sec. of Navy Gustavus V. Fox and Gen. Benjamin Butler awaken President Lincoln late at night to inform him of the capture of Forts Hatteras and Clark, in North Carolina./1861In Richmond, Virginia, the Third Se...

Fremont declares martial law, confiscations in Missouri

General John Fremont declares a dictatorial martial law across the state of Missouri. The unauthorized act provides for confiscation of all property belonging to "those who shall take up arms against the United States," with his intention...

Confederate Navy contracts British shipbuilders

Image via WikipediaSec. of Navy Stephen F. MalloryIn Washington, Gen. Robert Anderson, the Kentucky native who had commanded the US forces inside Fort Sumter back in April, dines with President and is appointed on completion of his conval...

Apaches attack West Texas Confederates

Image via WikipediaFort Davis, West TexasConfederate States Army troops at Fort Davis in West Texas, are attacked by Mescalero Apaches. The native warriors raid the garrison's livestock herd, killing two guards and making off with about 1...

US Congress invests in ironclad technology as blockade tightens

In Washington, the US Congress authorizes Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles to appoint a three-member board to plan and construct “iron or steel-clad steamships or steam batteries” and appropriates $1.5 million dollars for the purpo...

Congress invests in ironclad technology as blockade tightens

In Washington, the US Congress authorizes Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles to appoint a three-member board to plan and construct “iron or steel-clad steamships or steam batteries” and appropriates $1.5 million dollars for the purpo...

McClellan made Army of Potomac commander

Image via WikipediaGeorge B. McClellanAt Washington, Lincoln officially turns over command of the Federal Division of the Potomac to George B. McClellan, replacing Irvin McDowell, who was routed by Confederates at Manassas almost a wee...

Confederates routed at Rich Mountain

Image via WikipediaWilliam RosecransImage via WikipediaJohn PegramUnion troops under General George B. McClellan score another major victory in western Virginia at the Battle of Rich Mountain. Confederate General Robert Garnett and Colonel...

Cold reception for Ohio Congressman

C.L. Vallandigham (D-OH)Clement Laird Vallandigham, Ohio’s third district Democratic US Congressman, an ardent abolitionist, states’ rights constitutionalist, and pacifist, today speaks to the Ohio regiments serving in Northern Vir...

Diplomacy and the Confederate Navy

Image via WikipediaCdr. Raphael Semmes, CSNImage via WikipediaCienfuegos, CubaAt Cienfuegos, Cuba, the commander of the CSS Sumter, Raphael Semmes, has in less than a week captured seven United States shipping vessels. He attempts to d...

CSS Sumter runs blockade, begins career

Image via WikipediaCSS SumterRaphael Semmes, commanding the CSS Sumter the first Confederate raider, runs the blockade at the mouth of the Mississippi River while being chased by the larger, more powerful, and reputedly faster USS...

Lincoln plans strategy; The Nicholas takes prizes

In Washington, President Lincoln and Cabinet meet with key military leaders to plan the future course of invasion of the South. Generals Irvin McDowell and Winfield Scott unveil their plans with an eye toward the importance o...

Daring capture of the SS Nicholas on the Potomac

R. Thomas ZarvonaTonight, a group of undercover Confederate sympathizers led by former US Navy officers Richard Thomas Zarvona and George N. Hollins along with an undercover crew, makes a bold move based on intelligence to seize a...

Merrimack to become ironclad

Burning of USS Merrimack, April 1861At Mathias Point, Virginia, Federal gunboats begin shelling Confederate batteries./1861Confederate Secretary of the Navy Stephen F. Mallory had asked a panel to develop a plan to make ironclads...

North Carolina adopts a state flag

In Raleigh, the North Carolina Secession Convention votes to adopt a state flag of a blue field with a white horizontal bar and a red vertical bar on the left side with an insignia star and two dates: May 20th, 1775 (Mecklenburg Declaration...

Jackson destroys Martinsburg Shops

"Jackson Commandeers the Railroad," June 20, 1861. Mort KunstlerAfter evacuating Harper’s Ferry, Virginia, Colonel Thomas J. Jackson falls back, arriving this afternoon at the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Shops at Martinsburg, Virginia, where “f...

Jackson destroys Martinburg Shops

"Jackson Commandeers the Railroad," June 20, 1861. Mort KunstlerAfter evacuating Harper’s Ferry, Virginia, Colonel Thomas J. Jackson falls back, arriving this afternoon at the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Shops at Martinsburg, Virginia, where “f...

Johnston evacuates Harper's Ferry

Image via WikipediaJ.E. JohnstonConfederate troops retreating from Harper’s Ferry, Virginia, under command of Joseph E. Johnston, take with them the entire munitions manufacturing plant and move it to North Carolina where it will pro...

Feds occupy Missouri capitol

Image via WikipediaUS BG N. LyonUS Brigadier General Nathaniel Lyon with approximately 1,400 volunteers and U.S. Army regulars occupies the capitol building at Jefferson City without firing a shot and turns to pursue Missouri Governor...


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