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|75k||Watercolor by Erik Heyl, 1948, of SS Alabama painted for use in his book "Early American Steamers", Volume I. This steamship served as USS Alabama during 1861-1865. Courtesy of Erik Heyl.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 63861.
|186k||"Merchant Steamers Converted into Gun-boats."
Engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", July-December 1861 volume. Depicts thirteen merchant steamships acquired by the U.S. Navy between April and August 1861 and subsequently converted into warships, plus the steamer Nashville (far left), which became a Confederate cruiser. US Navy ships as identified below the image bottom, are (from left to right:
USS Quaker City,
USS Santiago de Cuba, (listed as "St. Jago de Cuba")
USS Mount Vernon,
USS South Carolina,
USS De Soto,
USS James Adger,
USS Bienville and
USS R.R. Cuyler.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59366.
|223k||"The Great Expedition -- The Vessels at Anchor at Hampton Roads Previous to the Departure". Line engraving published in Harper's Weekly,
July-December 1861 volume, page 725. It consists of two views of Flag Officer DuPont's squadron at Hampton Roads, VA., prior to leaving, 29 October 1861 to capture Port Royal, S.C.
Ships and geographical features, as identified below the images, are (upper engraving, from left to right):
steamer SS Marion,
steamer SS Ben Deford,
USS Pawnee, and
new ("90-Day") gunboats. (lower engraving, from left to right):
steam tug (foreground),
steamer Winfield Scott,
steamer SS Baltic,
USS R.B. Forbes,
steamer SS Oriental,
steamer SS Matanzas,
steamer SS Philadelphia,
and the Rip Raps.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo #: NH 59317
|170k||"Portion of the Naval Expedition, as it appeared on the night of October 16, sailing to Hampton Roads. -- Sketched by an Officer on Board. 1861".
Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", July-December 1861 volume, pages 712. It depicts Flag Officer DuPont's squadron en route to capture Port Royal, South Carolina. Ships, all U.S. Navy, as identified below the image bottom, are (from left):
and USS Pembina.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59316
|100k||"The Great Naval Expedition" to capture Port Royal, South Carolina, November 1861. Engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", July-December
1861 volume, pages 696-697, depicts Federal warships and transports, under Flag Officer Samuel F. DuPont, USN, departing Hampton Roads, Virginia, en route to Port
Royal. Ships, as identified below the image bottom, are (from left): (illegible),
USS O.M. Pettit,
USS Gem of the Sea,
USS Wabash (DuPont's flagship),
USS Alabama and (illegible).
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo #: NH 59315
|117k||"Destruction of a Schooner off Cumberland Inlet, Georgia, by the Boats of the 'Alabama' -- Sketched by an Officer of the 'Alabama'."
Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", January-June 1862 volume, page 65, depicting a typical incident of the Civil War blockade of the southern coast, circa late 1861 or early 1862. USS Alabama, which was then serving on the blockade of South Carolina and Georgia, is depicted in the right center distance.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59349.
|144k||Daniel D. T. Nestell, reportedly born in New York between 1815 and 1819, graduated with honors from the University of the City of New York's University Medical College (later the New York University School of Medicine) in 1843. Following graduation, Nestell, accompanied by one of his professors (Dr. Valentine Mott), traveled abroad for two years in furtherance of his medical studies. Upon his return to the United States, Dr. Nestell reportedly worked as a physician or apothecary until 1862. On January 25, 1862, Dr. Nestell was appointed Acting Assistant Surgeon, to serve on the U.S.S. Clifton (side wheel steamer). While assigned to the West Gulf Blockading Squadron, Clifton participated in the Battle of Forts Jackson and St. Phillip in April 1862, the Siege of Vicksburg in June 1862, and the First Battle of Galveston in October 1862, before being captured by Confederate forces at Sabine Pass, Texas on September 8, 1863. Nestell was subsequently held as a prisoner of war until January 1864, when he was released. After his release from Confederate captivity, and a subsequent furlough, Nestell was assigned to the U.S.S. Alabama (side wheel steamer), again serving as Acting Assistant Surgeon. Assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, Alabama took part in the Union attacks on Fort Fisher from December 1864 to January 1865. During the action at Fort Fisher, Nestell suffered irreversible hearing damage. Five months later, on June 6, 1865, Dr. Nestell's appointment as Acting Assistant Surgeon was revoked, and he was honorably discharged from the Navy in August of that year.
Image and text courtesy of the Nimitz Library - United States Naval Academy
|01||CDR. Lanier, Edmund||30 September 1861 - 26 July 1862|
|02||LCDR. Gillis, James H. (Temp)||26 July 1862 - 12 August 1862|
|03||LCDR. Truxtun, William T.||12 August 1862 - 15 October 1862|
|Decommissioned||15 October 1862 - December 1862|
|04||CDR. Nichols, Edward T.||December 1862 - 27 July 1863|
|Decommissioned||27 July 1863 - 17 May 1864|
|05||Act. Vol. LT. Smith, Frank||17 May 1864 - 10 January 1865|
|06||Act. Vol. LT. Langthorne, Amos R.||10 January 1865 - June 1865|
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