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Archival Adventures: USS Dacotah Engineer's Journal Part 6 - Arrival of the CSS Richmond

Archival Adventures: USS Dacotah Engineer's Journal Part 6 - Arrival of the CSS Richmond

Anchors Aweigh! This week ArchivistAnthony is continuing our reading of the Phillip Peltz Journal. Peltz was the chief engineer aboard the USS Dacotah during the American Civil War. We resume with July 9, 1862, when the USS Minnesota took over as flag ship. As the hot summer of 1862 proceeded, the USS Dacotah was grounded multiple times and saw a resumption of conflict versus Confederate Navy ironclads with the arrival of the CSS Richmond, referred to by Peltz as the Merrimack II.

The USS Dacotah was a steam powered sloop commissioned by the United States Navy. It launched on March 23, 1859, from Norfolk Navy Yard and served in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. On March 9, 1862, Dacotah joined the Union blockade in the North Atlantic. It was stationed near Hampton Roads, Virginia. Through September 1862 and patrolled the Atlantic seaboard throughout the rest of the war. Learn more about Peltz’s journal in the finding aid: bit.ly/Ms2022-090

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