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A grassroots project documenting the story of the State's contributions to the war, and what happened to the participants during and after the war. For the purposes of this project, anyone who was born or died in Vermont, regardless of where they served, and anyone who served in a Vermont unit, regardless of where they were born, we consider a Vermonter. To that end, to date we have documented nearly 38,000 of Vermont's men and women who participated, on both sides of the war. (more)
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04.24.1862 Flag Officer D. G. Farragut's fleet ran past Forts Jackson and St. Philip, destroyed the defending Confederate flotilla below New Orleans, and, next day, compelled the surrender of the South's largest and wealthiest city. (NavHist) 04.24.1863 J. C. Williams, 14th VVI: Plenty of drilling at present -- think we shall be well prepared for a march when the order comes. (more) 04.24.1863 Oliver A. Browne, 15th Inf., wrote in his diary (more) 04.24.1865 Lieutenant Commander Temple, USS Pontoosuc at Hampton Roads, Virginia, ordered the steamer Osceola, Lieutenant John Weidman, to proceed to Pocomoke Sound, on the eastern shore of Virginia, in search of the President's assassin. (ORN) 04.24.1865 Abstract log of USS Lackawanna, Captain Emmons: Off New Orleans, La.: 'At 9 a.m. received information of a rebel ram coming down the river. Cleared away battery and loaded with solid shot. At 12:30 p.m. rebel ram William H. Webb came down the river. Opened on her with solid shot, four of which struck. Ossipee, Pembina, and Port Royal also opened fire on her. Hollyhock and Florida went in pursuit. At 3:45 p.m. the Ouachita (tinclad), of Admiral Lee's fleet, came down the river, reporting the William H. Webb having passed, and was ordered down in chase, though three and one-half hours astern of her. At 7 p.m. Hollyhock and Florida returned, announcing the burning and destruction of the William H. Webb. (ORN) 04.24.1865 Abstract log of USS Richmond: Captain Greene: Anchored to repair engine at 12:30 p.m. At 2 p.m. a suspicious looking side-wheel steamer, with no colors, came in sight around a point on our starboard bow. Seeing this vessel, stranger, put back behind the point and fired three guns. Went to general quarters. Strange steamer was then run on shore, set on fire, and abandoned. Proved to be the rebel ram William H. Webb. Steamer Hollyhock came down the river; spoke us and informed us that the Webb ran out of Red River last night, passing through our fleet at the mouth of that river and at New Orleans without injury. At 4:25 p.m. the Webb blew up. Picked up 11 bales of floating cotton. (ORN) 04.24.1865 Acting Rear Admiral H. K. Thatcher to Major General Banks: 'I have ordered Captain Emmons, senior naval officer afloat here, to prepare every available gun in the fleet now here for immediate service and to bring them to bear on that point of the river by which a vessel coming down the river can reach this port. I have none but wooden vessels here and such as come to port for repairs, except the steam sloop Richmond, Captain Greene, now bound up river from Mobile Bay, with a battery of twenty-two X-inch guns. (ORN) 04.24.1865 Lieutenant Commander Lull, USS Tennessee, was aboard a tug at 1:30 a.m., headed south to deliver dispatches to General Canby when he was passed by the rebel ram William H. Webb. Lull came alongside USS General Price, Acting Volunteer Lieutenant William R. Wells, to relay the information. They tried until 9 a.m. to telegraph the intelligence to New Orleans, without success, as lines on the east side of the river at Plaquemine and Donaldsonville had been cut. (ORN) 04.24.1865 Eugene W. Rolfe, 3rd Battery, wrote in his diary (more)