ORN XI: Detailed Report of Flag-Officer Mitchell, C. S. Navy, commanding James River Squadron, on the Battle of Trent’s Reach, Jan. 23-25, 1865

January 25, 2015 Naval Volume XI

Detailed report of Flag-Officer Mitchell, C. S. Navy, commanding James River Squadron.1   C. S. Flagship Virginia, James River Squadron, below Chaffin’s Bluff, February 3, 1865. Sir: On the 25th ultimo [January 25, 1865] I had the honor to report to you the return of this squadron to its present anchorage, with a brief notice […]

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150 Years Ago Today at Petersburg: January 24, 1865

January 24, 2015 150 Years Ago Today

January 24, 1865 Bvt. Maj. Gen. Orlando B. Wilcox, USA, is placed in temporary command of the 9th US Army Corps, the Richmond, VA, Campaign. Action at Fort Brady on the James River, the Richmond, VA, Campaign. Commander William A. Parker is relieved of his naval command in the James River at the request of […]

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150 Years Ago Today: Action at Fort Brady, James River: January 24, 1865

January 24, 2015 150 Years Ago Today

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ORN XI: Report of Commander Parker, U. S. Navy, on the Battle of Trent’s Reach, Jan. 23-25, 1865

January 24, 2015 Naval Volume XI

Report of Commander Parker, U. S. Navy.1 Norfolk, Va., January 31, 1865. Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 26th instant. When the rebel rams came down the river I ordered both torpedo boats to endeavor to destroy them, but they failed to do so. The reason assigned was […]

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ORN XI: Report of Second Assistant Engineer Stone, U. S. Navy, in temporary command of the U. S. S. Spuyten Duyvil

January 24, 2015 Naval Volume XI

Report of Second Assistant Engineer Stone, U. S. Navy, in temporary command of the U. S. S. Spuyten Duyvil.1 U. S. S. Spuyten Duyvil, James River, Virginia, January 31, 1865. Sir: I have the honor to report that several days previous to the 23d instant I had information from Commander Parker, commanding James River fleet, […]

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ORN XI: Abstract log of the U. S. S. Hunchback, Lieutenant Joseph P. Fyffe, U. S. Navy

January 24, 2015 Naval Volume XI

Abstract log of the U. S. S. Hunchback, Lieutenant Joseph P. Fyffe, U. S. Navy.1 January 22, 1865. — At 8:40 p.m. Navy firing was heard in a southwesterly direction. January 24. — From midnight to 4 a.m., Navy firing at intervals in direction of Dutch Gap. From 4 to 8 a.m., steamer M. Martin […]

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ORN XI: Abstract log of the U. S. S. Eutaw, Lieutenant-Commander H. C. Blake, U. S. Navy

January 24, 2015 Naval Volume XI

Abstract log of the U. S. S. Eutaw, Lieutenant-Commander H. C. Blake, U. S. Navy.1 January 21, 1865. — At anchor in James River. At 6:30 p. m. the Don passed up the river. January 23. — Navy firing heard in the direction of Dutch Gap. January 24. — Navy firing heard throughout the day […]

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ORN XI: Report of Lieutenant Sumner, U. S. Navy, commanding U. S. S. Massasoit

January 24, 2015 Naval Volume XI

Report of Lieutenant Sumner, U. S. Navy, commanding U. S. S. Massasoit.1 U. S. S. Massasoit, James River, Virginia, January 24, 1865. Sir: I have the honor to submit the following report of the part taken by this vessel in the action of to-day: At 9:50 a.m. I received the order to get underway and […]

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LT: January 24, 1865 Samuel K. Miller

January 24, 2015 Miller Samuel K.

January 24, 1865 Headquarters Army of the Potomac [Virginia] #24 Dear Wife, I received your letter this morning, dated 15th. Our mail was detained on the River two days on account of a very heavy fog. I was very glad to hear that you were all well and trying to get along as well as […]

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NP: February 4, 1865 Irish-American (NY): Battle of Trent’s Reach from Deck of USS Onondaga, Jan. 23-24

January 24, 2015 February 1865

Editor’s Note: This article was transcribed by Brett Schulte. FIGHT WITH THE REBEL IRON-CLADS ON THE JAMES RIVER. —– (From our own Correspondent) —– U. S. Iron-Clad “Onondaga,” Dutch Gap, James River, Va., January 24, 1865. I hasten to announce you that the rebel Rams or Iron-clads, attempted to attack us last night; and, hoping […]

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