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150 years ago today (March 8, 1862)

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  • RoteBaron@comcast.net
    150 years ago today, Brig. Gen. Joseph K. F. Mansfield is in command at Camp Butler on Newport News Point. His men are witness to the debut of the CSS
    Message 1 of 5 , Mar 8, 2012
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      150 years ago today, Brig. Gen. Joseph K. F. Mansfield is in command at Camp Butler on Newport News Point. His men are witness to the debut of the CSS Virginia, as she wreaks havoc on wooden Union warships.



      A Union sailor notes : "It looked like a half-submerged crocodile intent on evil".



      CSS Virginia rams USS Cumberland below the waterline and she sank rapidly. There is a flag of truce as CSS Virginia seeks surrender of USS Congress. However, one of Virginia's supporting vessels fires on Camp Butler, including Mansfield's HQ tent.  Mansfield's men fire back, wounding CSS Virginia's Flag Officer Franklin Buchanan.



      After setting the Congress on fire (with tide going out, darkness coming), CSS Virginia heads back to Sewell's Point, determined to finish job tomorrow.



      Mansfield sends this telegram describing the scene from Camp Butler:

      "We want powder by the barrel. We want blankets sent up tonight for the crews of the Cumberland and Congress. The Merrimack has had it all her own way this side of Signal Point and will probably burn the Congress now aground with white flag flying and our sailors are swimming ashore."



      It all happened 150 years ago today at Hampton Roads, VA.



      Tom Shay - Cressona, PA

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    • Tom
      Am planning a visit to the battlefield in May, and am familiar with the battlefield etc.(and am happy they have guides now !!) Have not been there in at least
      Message 2 of 5 , Mar 8, 2012
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        Am planning a visit to the battlefield in May, and am familiar with the battlefield etc.(and am happy they have guides now !!) Have not been there in at least 15 – 20 years – any advice on where to stay – tried the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown, but is booked full – looking at Hagerstown. Thanks in advance.

        Regards,

        Tom B.


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      • Jim Rosebrock
        Tom Here is a link to the Antietam Battlefield Guide webpage for information on booking tours, and programs. Regards Jim Rosebrock
        Message 3 of 5 , Mar 8, 2012
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          Tom

          Here is a link to the Antietam Battlefield Guide webpage for information on booking tours, and programs.
          Regards

          Jim Rosebrock



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          From: Tom <bunco973@...>
          To: TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com
          Sent: Thursday, March 8, 2012 12:28 PM
          Subject: [TalkAntietam] Antietam Visit - May,2012


           

          Am planning a visit to the battlefield in May, and am familiar with the battlefield etc.(and am happy they have guides now !!) Have not been there in at least 15 – 20 years – any advice on where to stay – tried the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown, but is booked full – looking at Hagerstown. Thanks in advance.

          Regards,

          Tom B.

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        • Jim Rosebrock
          Tom, Sorry but the link did not go through.  You can check the website at www.antietamguides.com. Jim ________________________________ From: Tom
          Message 4 of 5 , Mar 8, 2012
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            Tom,
            Sorry but the link did not go through.  You can check the website at www.antietamguides.com.

            Jim



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            From: Tom <bunco973@...>
            To: TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com
            Sent: Thursday, March 8, 2012 12:28 PM
            Subject: [TalkAntietam] Antietam Visit - May,2012


             

            Am planning a visit to the battlefield in May, and am familiar with the battlefield etc.(and am happy they have guides now !!) Have not been there in at least 15 – 20 years – any advice on where to stay – tried the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown, but is booked full – looking at Hagerstown. Thanks in advance.

            Regards,

            Tom B.

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          • Dave
            Tom, we always stay at the Red Roof in Williamsport. Decent and cheap, you can cut across the back roads to Sharpsburg. You can be in Hagerstown at the mall
            Message 5 of 5 , Mar 8, 2012
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              Tom, we always stay at the Red Roof in Williamsport. Decent and cheap,
              you can cut across the back roads to Sharpsburg. You can be in
              Hagerstown at the mall in just a few minutes from there as well. Check
              the net for coupons.

              Dave McGowan
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