Civil War Brown Water Navies

The Civil War in NE North Carolina

May 2012 Blog Posts (2)

Where did they go?

Where did the North Carolina Squadron sailors go following the battle of Elizabeth City? For years I have known that around 28 ended up on the CSS Virginia. The crews of the CSS Raleigh and Beaufort were kept intact and fought alongside the Virginia during the battle of Hampton Roads as well. But where did the crews of the CSS Fanny, Forrest, Curlew, Sea Bird, and Ellis end up? Did they just desert?

Ed Milligan may have dug up the answer for me several years ago when he transcribed…


Added by Bruce Long on May 14, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Summertime is approaching and still no divers

Barry Cullen and I hope to find the remains of the CSS Sea Bird this summer if we can just find a couple of divers to help. Barry  has a side-scan sonar unit and has scanned most of the rivers in this part of the state. His scans show 5 likely targets in the Pasquotank River.

Philip Madre, finder of the CSS Appomattox, gave up on the search two years ago. Richard Lawrence told him that he had found a reference in the Edenton port records that said the Fanny and Sea Bird were salvaged…


Added by Bruce Long on May 8, 2012 at 9:38pm — No Comments

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