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	 Evening Post  Article

[newspaper clipping: first column]
Gunboats, Steamers and Sailing Vessels Preparing
		 A Secessionist in Irons.
  Any one familiar with the ordinary aspect of our
Navy Yard in the time of peace with its neat,
straight entrance path bordered by green trees, rows
of idle old cannon and piles of cannon-balls its trim
offices, its many sheds devoted to as many different
departments, all conducice to the necessities of such
of Uncle Sam s servants as go down to the sea in 
ships and whose business lies upon the deep waters
 any such person, remembering its former 
quietude, the bright waters of Wallabout Bay (long
ago characterized by Irving as  the nursery for our
infant navy ), the old  receiving-ship  North
Carolina, and the two or three vessels which com-
monly lay there, would, in a visit at the present
time, find occasion for surprise.  War has changed
all that most effectually.    Never did our Navy Yard
exhibit a spectacle of so much energetic activity as
now.  The clang of hammers, the noise of saws, the
sound of chisels on metal and wood, the hum and
bustle of 2,750 men employed in multifarious
branches of naval industry for ten hours a day, all
combine to impress upon the spectator the fact
that we really are at war and in earnest about it.
  The captains of the steamers Unadilla and Ala-
bama were yesterday afternoon put into commis-
sion, as it is technically termed, of their respective
vessels.      The form is very simple.     The entire
complement of men being mustered on the after-
deck and the stars and stripes hoisted, Captain
Almy, the commander of the yard, in a few brief,
appropriate sentences, commits the vessel to the
charge of her captain.    Both gunboats went down
the river yesterday to obtain supplies of gunpowder
from the stores at Ellis s Island, whence they
will proceed directly to join the blockading squadron
at whatever locality the government shall have ap-
pointed.    The Unadilla, commanded by Captain
Napoleon Collins, contains ninety-five men, inclu-
sive of officers, but no mariners.    It is armed with
two brass guns and two thirty-two pounders.   It
will carry one hundred rounds of ammunition in
each gun, the usual complement.    The men are
sworn in by the captain upon embarkation.
  The Alabama, a larger vessel, commanded by
Captain Lenier, a loyal and patriotic Virginian, but
a Tennessean by adoption, has a crew of one hun-
dred and fifty men, inclusive of officers and a ser-
geant s guard of ten mariners and two corporals.
Its armament comprises eight thirty-two pound-
ers, four long ones, of seventy-five hundred weight

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each, four shorter, of forty-four hundred weight,
also a Parrot gun, a twenty pounder, the effective
range of which is three miles and three-quarters.
On Captain Lenier s receiving his commission, the
marines presented arms, the bugle and drum
struck up the  Star-Spangled Banner,  and the
blue jackets gave three lusty cheers for it, their
captain, and for Commander Almy.
  The gunboats Ottawa and Florida, similar in de-
scription to the Alabama, lie at the wharf, expect-
ing sailing orders in a few days.  They have as yet
no armament.  The first will carry four, the second
night thirty-two pounders and one pivot gun at the
  The Santiago de Cuba, a fine, new United States
mail steamer which has made but one trip to Ha-
vana, is being pierced for eight guns, and will carry, 
also, two deck ones, thirty-two pounders.  The port-
holes are already cut, and the present carpenter s
work between decks presents a suggestive contrast
to the elegant fittings up of the steamer.
  Two small gunboats, the Mercury and Petit, are
armed with two twenty-four pounders, rifled can-
non, on pivots.
 Of fast sailing vessels at present in the Navy
Yard, three, the Brazilleiro, the Amanda and the
Gem of the Seas, are being fitted out and equipped
as cruisers, mounting four thirty-two pounders
each.    The other, the Release, will be employed as
a store-ship, and is now taking in provisions and
necessaries for the blockading squadron.
  A similar task has been assigned to the two fleet
steamers, Connecticut and Rhode Island, which
arrived at the Navy Yard from the South on Sun-
day morning, having made exceedingly short pas-
sages from Galveston, Texas, and the mouth of the
Mississippi, avenging less than a week, exclusive
of stoppages at Pensacola, St. Mark s and Key West,
by the way.  The Connecticut did forty miles in
two hours and ten minutes.  She has on board, as
prisoners, the captain and mate of the bark Angie
Taylor, a vessel captured by the South Carolina
in the attempt to run a cargo of coffee and
cigars from Tampico into Galveston under the 
Mexican flag.  The Annie Taylor is here, await-
ing disposition by the government.  Also a seces-
sionist named Walter Carleton, of Richmond, Va., 
at present in double irons on board the Connecti-
cut, and charged with mutiny and treason on the
frigate Santee, off Fort Pickens; and, to complete
its catalogue of passengers, the keeper of the light-
house, at the Balize, or Southwest Pass, with his
family, all of whom had been compelled to take
refuge on board the steam-frigate Niagara and to
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page two hundred and twenty
Description:Newspaper clipping written by Gunn for the ''Evening Post'' regarding gunboats in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Subject:Alabama (Ship); Almy, Captain; Amanda (Ship); Annie Taylor (Ship); Brazilleiro (Ship); Carleton, Walter; Civil War; Collins, Napoleon; Connecticut (Ship); Ellis Island (N.J. and N.Y.); Florida (Ship); Gem of the Seas (Ship); Gunboats; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Lenier, Captain; Mercury (Ship); Military; New York evening post.; Niagara (Ship); North Carolina (Ship); Ottawa (Ship); Petit (Ship); Prisoners of war (Confederate); Release (Ship); Rhode Island (Ship); Santee (Ship); Santiago de Cuba (Ship); Unadilla (Ship)
Coverage (City/State):Brooklyn, [New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-15


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of the scene in New York at the commencement of the Civil War; his visits to military camps in and around New York City as a reporter for ""The New York Evening Post;"" boarding house living; a bridal reception at the Edwards family's residence in honor of the marriage of Sally Edwards and Thomas Nast; a visit to the Heylyn and Rogers families in Rochester; and his trip to Paris, Ontario, to visit George Bolton and the Conworths.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Military; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Paris, Ontario, Canada ; Rochester, New York
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.