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Ben Franklin Sees Some Action

mssEC_18_184 - seize smith and his ammunition - woodrose46.jpg

H E Thayer  Washn Sept 17th 1864
For Benjamin Franklin Phila period
Let the pistols be delivered
to Smith follow him to
Virgin year and when he
reaches there seize him and
the pistols and ammunition period
Turn him over to the
military commander at Wheeling to
be put in the military
prison there and turn over
the pistols and ammunition to
the ordnance officer at Wheeling
taking his receipt period This
telegram will be received as
an order to the military
Commander at Wheeling to take
charge of Smith and by
the ordnance officer to receive
the pistols and ammunition Telegraph
when seizure is made E.M. Stanton

I realize that “Benjamin Franklin” was probably a code name, given the original Benjamin Franklin had been dead for 74 years, but I have a wonderful mental image of ol’ Ben as a secret agent. It looks something like this:

franklin as secret agent.jpg

He tries to be stealth, but everyone is like, OMG, Benjamin Franklin, what are you doing here?! How are you even alive?! So then he has to run away and his borderline-entrapment scheme is blown. All because Stanton didn’t think of sending an agent who is not immediately recognizable to the majority of Americans. Way to go, Edwin.

Have a great weekend everybody!

Confederate Successes at Sea

mssEC_03_040 - first engagement of monitor and merrimack cropped.jpgFortress Monroe 8th  Recd March 9th 62-
Hon E M Stanton
The Merrimac came down from
Norfolk today & about two
oclock attached the Cumberland &
Congress. she sunk the Cumberland
& the Congress surrendered. the
Minnesota is aground & attacked
by the Jamestown Yorktown &
Merrimac. the Saint Lawrence just
arrived and going to assist.
the Minnesota is aground probably
both will be taken. that
is the opinion of Capt
Marston & his officers.
the Roanoke is under our
guns. It is thought the
Merrimac Jamestown & Yorktown will
pass the fort tonight finis
John E Wool
Maj Genl

There was very little good news to report from Fort Monroe on March 8th, 1862. The CSS Virginia (referred to here as the Merrimac) made its dramatic debut at the Battle of Hampton Roads, wreaking havoc among the wooden ships of the Union Navy. The next day, however, would see the arrival of the USS Monitor, leading to the first engagement between ironclad ships.