Clyde Built »

I was lucky enough last summer to be able to accompany the ACWRTUK on their field trip to Cherbourg.  The London round table was dauntingly well read and many of the members had a depth of knowledge that I felt would translate well to books. Turns out one of the members has written a book, […]

Civil War subs: Lost no more? »

A museum director appears to have unearthed the remains of a Confederate “sub base” in Louisiana. I’ve read about the David and the Hunley, but had no idea there were others in the “fleet”. Fascinating discovery! There’s evidence the Shreveport subs existed. Reports of Union spies in Shreveport, as well as Confederate reports, detail the […]

The CSN’s Sunk Plans for the Great Lakes »

This interesting piece of what-if history discusses a scuttled Confederate plot to target Northern shipping ports on the Great Lakes. My first reaction was to scoff at how little impact one steamer could have, but then I remembered The Alabama. There was, however, an opportunity. In order to avoid an arms race on the Great […]

Rivers & Rails, Tonight at 9PM »

Rivers & Rails: Daggers of the Civil War airs on Thursday, December 12th at 9:00 p.m. I noticed this TV show announcement a few weeks ago; it looks interesting. Hopefully the PBS networks all share broadcast times, as this one was for New Mexico. …in 1861, those same rivers and rails that had transported prosperity […]

Ironclad’s Iron Clang »

There was a neat find near Savannah this month: Archeologists working for the Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District, aided by divers and salvage operations teams from the Navy, retrieved a 64-square-foot section of a Civil War ironclad warship from the bottom of the Savannah River, the evening of Nov. 12. 

 The divers worked […]

The Long Strange Trip of a Blockade Runner »

This is the interesting story of a blockade runner with a full c.v. From its christening in Glasgow to its suspicious scuttling outside Oregon, the ship has an interesting history. Some of the war’s inanimate objects have some interesting stories to tell. Ten days into its new career as a Navy ship, the Gertrude captured […]

Meet the Monitor’s Lost Sailors »

There’s a ceremony being held at Arlington this week for two of the sailors recovered from the Monitor’s deep sea wreck.  Possible descendants of the sailors are being DNA tested against the remains. Forensic reconstruction artists have given us a peek at what these men looked like; bringing the dead back to life just in […]

The Rams of Memphis »

Another Disunion piece worth reading.  I couldn’t find room for the Ellet story in my podcast schedule, sadly, so I’m glad to see a good account written in the Times.  (Shelby Foote did a great job with it too, as you’d expect.) The two met in mid-March, setting aside their differences and personalities, as each […]

The Forgotten Navy »

I don’t usually bother with articles about reenactors, but this guy’s got a terrific angle, and I love his enthusiasm for teaching. It’s a short article, and worth a read beyond just these interesting facts: There were advantages to serving in the Navy during the Civil War. Sailors had a higher survival rate than soldiers, […]

Sea Shanties »

The past days’ accounts of Confederate exiles sailing to safe harbours put me in a sailing mood, so here’s an unusual blog post for today. I stumbled across this CD a few years ago while on a quest for Civil War music, and it’s one of my favourite period performances. The band describes themselves as, […]