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Maine naval officer fights on the Mississippi

When the Lincoln Administration announced its intent to blockade Confederate ports, the U.S. Navy sorely lacked the ships and men to stopper every coastal wharf from Tidewater Virginia all the way around to Brownsville, Texas. Gearing up to meet the demand, the Navy bought ships galore. Recruiting qualified officers was not as easy, as Rockland […]