29 June 1862: “The west or right bank of James River is entirely in the hands of the rebels. Nearly the whole power of the Southern Confederacy is within a few miles of us.”

Item description: “Report of Commander [John] Rodgers, U. S. Navy, of the sending the submarine propeller back to Fortress Monroe for further orders.”

The report discusses naval actions in support of the Union Army’s movements during the Seven Days Battle, but also shares concerns over the Union’s submarine, which the commander describes as “so terrible an engine, if employed against us, that if I retain her I must keep a strong force to guard her.” He also states that “in the hands of our enemies…[the submarine] might be used to blow up the Monitor, Galena, Minnesota, or whatever vessel should be advanced either in position or importance.”

To read more from the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, click here.

Item citation: Official records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion.. Series I, Volume 7. Washington : G.P.O., 1898. C970.75 U58no Ser. I, Vol. 7. North Carolina Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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