Monday, April 29, 2013
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Monday, April 15, 2013
Rev. William Corby, front right
- from Memoirs of chaplain life by William Corby
This would probably be the first mass ever said in New Kent . . .unless the Ajacán Mission was actually located here, but more on that some other time.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Letitia Tyler, the oldest inhabitant of Virginia, died at her home in Richmond several days ago. Her relatives say she was 125 years old, having been born in New Kent county in 1773. She had great-great-grandchildren. She went to Richmond fifty years ago with the family of Mr. Joshua Williams and was a nurse for many generations in the Williams family. Her mother was a half-breed Indian.
- from the Rockingham Register, December 15, 1899
Monday, April 8, 2013
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
An annex from Navy Department, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations Naval History Division, Washington, D.C.
THE CONFEDERATE STONE FLEET The Confederate Army and Navy found it expedient at times to construct barricade at strategic points in inland waterways to permit the escape of their forces, prevent captures, and impede the Federal advance. During the first half of 1862, two areas of Virginia, Croatan Sound and the Pamunkey River, were obstructed with numerous ships which were seized from private owners specifically for this purpose, or which had served briefly as transport. Varied sizes and types of ships, having little if any previous service were loaded with stone and sand, or filled with dirt, then towed to a designated spot and sunk as a hazard to all craft that passed. The following ships were seized by forces under Gen. J. E. Johnston, CSA, and employed to carry provisions and supplies while the arrny was at Yorktown. When the army withdrew toward Richmond, the transports were loaded with Government stores that were discharged at White House, Va., on the Pamunkey River. Most of the ships were then sunk in that vicinity during May 1862 to delay Union gunboat. Ships sunk at White House, Va., between 5 & 10 May 1862 CLAUDIA, owned by M. Williams LITTLE ADDIE, sloop owned by J. Montgomery
Ships destroyed at Cooke's Island 5 & 10 May 1862 AMERICAN COASTER, schooner owned by M. Crockett, was loaded with dirt and prepared for sinking but was captured by USS CURRITUCK. She was later used as a Union transport. DAVID VANAME, schooner owned by C. Johnson DIANA HOPKINS, schooner owned by E. Phillips EXPERIMENT, schooner owned by W. Messick FRIENDSHIP, schooner owned by Allman and Watts HANNAH ANN, schooner J. & G. FAIR, schooner owned by W. Lee J. T. CONNOR, owned by J. Bagby JOSEPHINE, schooner owned by W. Dansey KING WILLIAM, schooner owned by Sayre & Fleming MARY ELIZABETH MARY LUYSTER, owned by J. T. Bland ORNAMENT, sloop owned by Crittenden and Post PALESTINE, schooner owned by Thomas *PLANTER PRINCESS, schooner owned by W. Lee R. P. WALLER, schooner owned by T. Gilliam SARAH ANN, schooner owned by W. Ward **STARLIGHT WILLIAM EDWARD, schooner owned by J. and W. Thomas WILLIAM SHANBERG, schooner owned by W. Messick and E. Phillips
Ships destroyed at Garlick's landing Between 5 & 10 May 1862 JENNY LIND, schooner owned by J. F. New & Co. STAR, owned by S. Moon
Ships Burned Near Indian Town Between 5 & 10 May 1862 RELIANCE WAY, schooner owned by Gresham and Bagby
Ships burned at Newcastle on 17 May 1862 MARGARET SCHULTZ, owned by Harrenn and Ballown O. WHITMOND, owned by J. Wright WALTON, owned by J. Warring WATCHMAN, owned by J. Brown WAVE, owned by R. Howard WILLIAM S. RYLAND, owned by W. Berkley
Ships burned at Cumberland between 5 & 10 May 1862 CALIFORNIA, schooner owned by Blassingham CAROLINE BAKER, schooner owned by F. and C. Post
Ships sunk near Bassett's Landing on 17 May 1862 ALERT, owned by A. West ANN BELL, owned by W. Thomas BETTY RICHARD, owned by W. Smith FRANCIS AND THEODORE, owned by J. Arrington J. R. BAYLIS JAMES BRADEN, owned by S. Kimble JEFFERSON, schooner owned by Garefoster & Braumly JOHN ALLEN, schooner owned by S. Guy LITTLE WAVE, owned by T. Hibble MARY ALICE, owned by Captail Gage MARY BAXTER, owned by C. Parks MIRAGE OXFORD, schooner of 85 tons and 7' draft built in 1855 at Dorchester, Md., and owned by Claybrook and Dobyns PARAGON, sloop SARA WASHINGTON, schooner owned by Moore and Elliston SEA WITCH, owned by J. Robins UNION, owned by B. F. Gresham VIRGINIA, owned by E. Lawson WILD PIGEON, schooner owned by W. Messick WILLIAM AND WESLEY, schooner owned by J. Cronmonger WILLIAM FRANCIS, schooner owned by C. Coleman
* PLANTER, a schooner, was prepared for sinking but was captured by USS CURRITUCK on 7 May 1862. Sbe was turned over by the Union to her former owner in recognition of assistance rendered in the York and Pamunkey Rivers. ** STARLIGHT, also scheduled for destruction, was approached while underway for White House, Va., by USS CORWIN. STARLIGHT escaped up the Potopotank River where she was abandoned. She was seized by CORWIN on 16 June and sent into Norfolk at a prize.