Monday, December 19, 2011

Naval Happenings 150 Years Ago...Dec. 1861: Stone Fleet Sunk, Medal of Honor

DECEMBER 17th-- Flag Officer Foote, commanding Navy on Western Waters, reminds officers that Sunday worship be observed and that officers more provide example "in morals, order and patriotism to secure these qualities in their men."

Seven ships in the "Stone Fleet" sunk at entrance to Savannah Harbor.


DECEMBER 19th-- Confederate forces demolished lighthouse on Morris Island.


DECEMBER 20th-- "Stone Fleet" sunk off Charleston Harbor by Captain C.H. Davis. I will write more about the "Stone Fleet" when I start the new blog Jan. 1st.

Steamer Gordon ran the blockade off Wilmington. I will always list any blockade activity off Wilmington, NC.


DECEMBER 21st-- US Congress authorized the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest award.

DECEMBER 24th-- Confederate Secretary of the Navy, Mallory wrote General Polk to request troops be furloughed to asist in the construction or ironclads at Memphis. Throughout the war, find men to work on Confederate ships was a problem.

So, That's Why They Were Putting Rocks on Those Ships. --Old B-R'er

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