In November 1864, Kate Stone wrote the following in her journal Brokenburn:“Some gentlemen called, and we had cards. After they left, Lucy and I tried our fortunes in divers ways as it was ‘All Hallow’e’en.’ We tried all magic arts and had a merry frolic, but no future lord and master came to turn our wet garments hanging before the fire. There were no ghostly footprints in the meal sprinkled behind the door. No bearded face looked over our shoulders as we ate the apples before the glass. No knightly forms of soldiers brave disturbed our dreams after eating the white of an egg half-filled with salt.”Happy Halloween from the 79th New York!
Two Confederate governors fought at the 1862 Battle of Shiloh. Tennessee governor Isham G. Harris ( left ) was an aide to Confederate commander Albert Sidney Johnston, while Kentucky’s Confederate governor, George W. Johnson, was killed on the second day of battle.
( source NPS )
Today we consider the USS Monitor, an ironclad warship built to counter the CSS Virginia. The Monitor ( designed by John Ericson ) displaced 987 tons and had dimensions of 172 x 41.5 x 10.5 feet Propulsion was provided by Ericsson VL engines, using 2 boilers, producing 320 horsepower. The ship had one shaft and could make 6 knots. She carried a crew of 49. Her armor was iron, 2-4.5 inch on the sides with 1 inch deck armor. But what was most revolutionary was her turret ( seen above ). Carrying 8-9 inches of armor, the turret contained two 11-inch Dahlgren smoothbore cannons.
Over two days, March 8-9, 1862, the Monitor fought the CSS Virginia at Hampton Roads, VA,. The battle was indecisive, the two ships essentially returned to home ports and the blockade remained in place. The Virginia was burned by the Confederates in May 1862, the Monitor sank in a storm while under tow off Cape Hatteras on December 31, 1862. ( source US Navy )
Join the 79th for a living history event at the Longstreet Museum in Russelville, TN this weekend Oct 24-25 The address is:
5915 E Andrew Johnson Hwy, Russellville, TN 37860
Information on the museum can be found at http://www.longstreetmuseum.com/index.htm
Please join us and experience drill, soldier life, and learn about the hidden history in our area!