Tag Archives: Charleston Harbor

What Doomed the Crew of the HL Hunley?

On February 17, 1864, the Confederate submarine H L Hunley became the first combat submarine to sink a warship when she snuck up on and rammed her spar torpedo into the hull of the screw sloop-of-war USS Housatonic outside Charleston … Continue reading

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Jacob Zeilin, USMC

The American Battlefield Trust Conference this year was to have featured a tour of mine about the Marine Battalion at the First Battle of Manassas. It has been postponed until 2021. In the meantime, I wanted to share some of … Continue reading

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Raising the Flag at Fort Sumter

On April 14, 1861—today, one hundred and fifty-nine years ago—Maj. Robert Anderson marched his garrison out of Fort Sumter after weathering a barrage that began two days previously. The assault on Fort Sumter started the Civil War. On April 14, … Continue reading

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History in Pieces

History comes in many pieces. My good friend Hal, a retired navy captain, collects Civil War naval artifacts. He acquired items that caught his eye over the years without any particular theme in mind only to find threads and connections … Continue reading

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Firing the First Shot: George James Begins the Civil War

His watch in hand, Capt. George James followed the seconds tick towards 4:30 a.m. He had a deadline to meet. It was one he surely was not going to miss. No doubt, the weight of the moment rested heavily on … Continue reading

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A Poet’s Perspective: Melville and The Stone Fleet

I have a feeling for those ships,  Each worn and ancient one, With great bluff bows, and broad in the beam;  Ay, it was unkindly done.      But so they serve the Obsolete—      Even so, Stone Fleet! It was apparent from … Continue reading

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The Historic Harbors

A couple of weeks ago I attended a leadership retreat where a speaker touted the longtime importance of Hampton Roads as a harbor and host to very important events in American history. This got me thinking: what are the most … Continue reading

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Remembering the Flag Raising Over Fort Sumter

By Julie Mujic Residents of Waukesha, Wisconsin, celebrated Lee’s surrender on the evening of April 9, 1865, along with the rest of the North. The long war was ending and their loved ones might finally return home. Despite their distance from … Continue reading

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An Honorable Beginning

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Dwight Hughes April 13, 1861—the broad, brown Mississippi flood tugged at United States mail steamer Bienville as she lay alongside a New Orleans levee preparing to sail the next morning with … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: July 20, 2015

The Civil War began with a battle over possession of Charleston Harbor, and ended with the surrender of the CSS Shenandoah. Why, then, is the Civil War’s naval aspect so neglected?

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