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 Posted: Sun Jan 7th, 2007 02:22 am
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Believe the torpedoes were of the stationary type placed by the confederates. On a personal note, Franklin Buchanan - commander of the confederate forces at Mobile is an ancestor of mine. Interesting character. Was with Perry when he arrived in Japan. Helped creat the naval academy in Annapolis. The first commandant there. Was head of the DC armory at the onset of the war. Resigned his commission thinking that his home state of Maryland would join the CSA but when they didn't wrote Lincoln asking to be reinstated. Lincoln told him to essentially "kiss off". Was the captain of the CSS Virginia on the 1st day, wounded that day thus was unable to participate in the fight with the Monitor.

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