USS Daylight (1861-1865). Originally the civilian steamship Daylight .
USS Daylight , a 682-ton screw steam gunboat, was built in 1859-60 at New York City. Originally in commercial use, she was chartered by the Navy in May 1861 and placed in commission in June as USS Daylight . During next three and a half years, she operated along the coasts of Virginia and North Carolina, enforcing the Federal blockade of the Confederacy. She captured or
helped capture four would-be blockade runners in 1861 and five in 1862, as well as taking part in the destruction of three more in 1862-63. In April 1862, Daylight participated in a bombardment of Fort Macon, North Carolina, and was damaged by Confederate gunfire. Transferred to the James River in October 1864, she remained
in that area until the Civil War's climax in May 1865. USS Daylight was decommissioned at New York late in that month and was sold in October 1865. She soon reentered commercial service under the name Santee . She was converted to a barge in 1886 and remained in use until about 1907.
Watercolor by Erik Heyl, for use in his book "Early American Steamers", Volume III. This vessel served as USS Daylight in 1861-1865 and was later the civilian steamer Santee
"Our Blockading Fleet off North Channel, Charleston Harbor, South Carolina." Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly" U.S. Navy ships depicted are (from left to right): South Carolina , G.W. Blunt , Daylight and
Stars and Stripes
Confederate Ironclad vs Union Ironclad: Hampton Roads 1862 The Ironclad was a revolutionary weapon of war. Although iron was used
for protection in the Far East during the 16th century, it was the 19th century and the American Civil War that heralded the first modern armored self-propelled warships.
Life in Mr. Lincoln's Navy A tantalizing glimpse into the hardships endured by the
naval leadership to build and recruit a fighting force. The seaman endured periods of boredom, punctuated by happy social times and terrifying bouts of battle horror
Glory in the Name: A Novel of the Confederate Navy From Norfolk to Hampton Roads, from Roanoke Island to the nighttime battle on the river below
New Orleans, Glory in the Name tells the story of the Confederate States Navy, and the brave men who carried forward against overwhelming odds
American Civil War Fortifications Coastal Brick and Stone
Forts The design, construction and operational history of fortifications, such as Fort Sumter, Fort Morgan and Fort Pulaski. Stone and brick forts stretched from New England to the Florida Keys, and as far as the Mississippi River. A handful of key sites remained in Union hands throughout the war, the remainder had to be won back
through bombardment or assault.
Halls of Honor The U.S. Navy Museum takes you on an informed and entertaining romp
through one of North America s oldest and finest military museums. The museum has been in continuous operation at the Washington Navy Yard since the American Civil War
Raise The Alabama She was known as "the ghost ship." During the Civil War, the CSS
Alabama sailed over 75,000 miles and captured more than 60 Union vessels. But her career came to an end in June of 1864 when she was sunk by the USS Kearsarge off the coast of Northern France
The Blue and the Gray The Complete
Miniseries The Civil War proved a backdrop for this 1982 miniseries. Complete and uncut three disc set. Two families divided by the War Between the States. A Southerner caught when he becomes a war correspondent for the Northern newspaper. He finds himself where history's in the making from the Battle of Bull Run to Abraham
Blue Vs. Gray - Killing Fields Relive the most vicious fighting of the Civil
War, in which General Ulysses S. Grant forcibly reversed the tide of the conflict by paying with the blood of thousands. It was a desperate time for the Union
Sources: U.S. National Park Service U.S. Library of Congress US Naval Archives