USS Saugus (1864-1891). Briefly renamed Centaur in 1869
USS Saugus , a 2100-ton Canonicus class monitor, was built at Wilmington, Delaware. Commissioned in April 1864, she served in the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron during the Civil War's final year, primarily in the James River region. The ship engaged Confederate batteries and ironclads in Trent's Reach, on the James, on 21 June 1864 and fired on the enemy on other
occasions during the next several months.
In late December, she went to sea to participate in the abortive attempt to capture Fort Fisher, on the North Carolina coast. A few weeks later, Saugus returned for the bombardment and amphibious operation that took that vital strong point on 15 January 1865, thus closing the port of Wilmington to blockade runners. After a few months' further duty on the James, she went to the
Washington Navy Yard, D.C., in early April and was temporarily used there as a prison for suspected conspirators in the murder of President Abraham Lincoln.
Saugus was out of commission at the Washington Navy Yard between June 1865 and April 1869
In Trent's Reach on the James River, Virginia, circa early 1865. Note the mine sweeping "rake" attached to her bow.
Federal ironclads in Trent's Reach, James River, Virginia Photographed circa early 1865. Nearest ship is USS Saugus , with a mine sweeping "torpedo rake" attached to her bow. Next monitor astern is probably USS Sangamon . Visible just
to the right of her is either USS Mahopac or USS Canonicus . Last two ships are USS Atlanta and USS Onondaga . Photographed by the Matthew Brady organization. Note the log boom across the river in the foreground and the signal tower atop the hill in
the right distance
The H. L. Hunley The Secret Hope of the Confederacy On the evening of February 17, 1864, the
Confederacy H. L. Hunley sank the USS Housatonic and became the first submarine in world history to sink an enemy ship. Not until World War I "half a century later” would a submarine again accomplish such a feat. But also perishing that moonlit night, vanishing beneath the cold Atlantic waters off Charleston, South Carolina, was the Hunley and her
entire crew of eight
Officers pose on deck, in front of the gun turret, probably while the ship was serving on the James River, Virginia, in early 1865.
Washington Navy Yard, District of Columbia Four monitors laid up in the Anacostia River, off the Washington Navy Yard, circa 1866. Ships are (from left to right): USS Mahopac , USS Saugus , USS Montauk
(probably); and either USS Casco or USS Chimo .
The Civil War on Hatteras Island North Carolina New light on the
experiences of Civil War soldiers stationed on the Outer Banks. It follows the crucial maritime battles along the Outer Banks and the famous Burnsides Expedition. Aa fascinating history of how one of America's most treasured islands played a significant part in the Civil War
The Story of the H.L. Hunley During the Civil War, Union forces blockade the port of
Charleston so the Confederate army seeks a way to attrack the Yankee Ships. George Dixon is part of the group of men given the task of creating and building the "fish boat," a submarine. The H.L. Hunley ultimately sets out on its mission to sink Yankee ships, but fails to return, its whereabouts unknown.
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