Archive for May, 2013

May 9

May 9, 1865: The American Civil War Officially Ends

Thursday, May 9, 2013 1:00 AM


This August 1945 Proceedings article was published by P. H. Magruder, former Secretary of the Naval Academy as “The U.S. Naval Academy and Annapolis During the Civil War 1861-1865: An outline of the conspicuous part displayed by the locality during those tragic days”. There may be relatively few of this generation who realize what a very in­teresting and important part Annap­olis and the Naval Academy played in the Civil War, particularly in its early stages. Annapolis, on account of its close proximity to Washington, naturally became an impor­tant strategic position for the defense of the Capital, especially as the geographic… Read the rest of this entry »

May 3

The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

Friday, May 3, 2013 7:45 AM


The level of significance and strategic use of Airships has fluctuated since their introduction to service in the U.S. Navy in the early part of the 20th century. However, it’s mode of operation and deployment is similar to the days of old and they still play a vital role in today’s modern Navy.   1931: The USS Los Angeles (ZR-3) was a rigid airship built in 1923–1924 in Friedrichshafen, Germany but was surrendered to the US Navy by the German Government as part of the war reparations from World War I. The ZR-3 went on to log a total of… Read the rest of this entry »

May 1

May 1, 1898: Admiral Dewey Defeats the Spanish at the Battle of Manila Bay

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 1:00 AM


This article, titled “Manila Bay in 1898” and written by Captain Edward L. Beach, was published in the April 1920 issue of Proceedings. Recently I have read journals and letters I wrote in 1898 while attached to the U. S. S. Baltimore in Manila Bay. The events of those stirring days come vividly to mind and are fresh in memory as if they had happened yesterday. What follows is a narrative of those events as they seemed at the time to a participant, so this article is not history. No attempt is made to give a connected account or description… Read the rest of this entry »

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