Tuesday, August 6, 2013

August 6, 1863: Dahlgren complains to Beauregard

Rear Admiral John A. Dahlgren, U.S.N. photographed with a 50 pounder rifled cannon of his own design.

On this day 150 years ago, Rear Admiral John A. Dahlgren complained to Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard about actions he considered to be "entirely in violation of every rule of civilized war."

Off Morris Island, August 6, 1863.


Commanding Confederate Forces, Charleston, S. C.:

SIR: Last night one of your steamers succeeded in running down a boat of this squadron, and it is stated by several of our men that they were fired at in the water after the steamer had passed over the boat. Of course it was obvious to every one that under the circumstances our men were entirely helpless.

Such a practice is entirely in violation of every rule of civilized war, and I call on you to punish whoever can be convicted of having perpetrated such an act, otherwise it will be impossible for me to prevent retaliation by our men whenever the opportunity may occur.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Rear-Admiral, Commanding South Atlantic Blockading Squadron.

1 comment:

Major Major Major Major said...

That is fascinating and funny. I wonder how RADM Foote would have handled the situation?