Civil War Brown Water Navies

The Civil War in NE North Carolina

August 2013 Blog Posts (2)

Where did Parker find his crew for the CSS Beaufort?

The Beaufort was originally part of the North Carolina Navy. When the state sold her five ships to the CS Navy on 12 July 1861, she did so with the stipulation that the Beaufort would stay under her control until 20 August 1861. The Beaufort was commanded by Lt. Commanding Robert C. Duvall, formerly of the US Navy. He had been dismissed from the US Navy in 1860 due to an incurable illness. He applied for a commission in the CS Navy but was turned down for the same reason.

When the…


Added by Bruce Long on August 8, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Who were the original crewmen of the CSS Raleigh? (Hint: over 12 of them were Currituck natives)

French Forrest ordered the captains of the Raleigh and Ellis to turn their vessels over to Commander Lee on 22 July 1861 at Gosport Navy Yard. He also ordered Lt. J. W. Alexander to report to Commander Lee as commander of the CSS Raleigh on that same day. The Raleigh was at William A. Graves Shipyard in Norfolk August 17-20. On 22 August 1861, the CSS Raleigh passed through the locks on the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal. I think it would be safe to assume the Raleigh was being outfitted…


Added by Bruce Long on August 3, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments

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