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FROM-- SET FIVE, CIVIL WAR STUDIES

PART ONE

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PART ONE-- THE U.S. NAVY BEFORE THE CIVIL WAR-- ORDERS FROM CAPTAIN JAMES LAWRENCE "DON'T GIVE UP THE SHIP"

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THE U.S. NAVY BEFORE THE CIVIL WAR: ORDERS FROM CAPTAIN JAMES LAWRENCE

 

"Don't give up the ship!"

        Tradition has it that Captain James Lawrence said these heroic words after being mortally wounded in the engagement between his ship, the U.S.S. frigate Chesapeake, and HMS Shannon on 1 June 1813. As the wounded Lawrence was carried below, he ordered "Tell the men to fire faster! Don't give up the ship!"

        Although the Chesapeake was forced to surrender, Captain Lawrence's words lived on as a rallying cry during the war. Oliver Hazard Perry honored his dead friend Lawrence when he had the famous motto sewn onto the private battle flag. He flew the flag during the Battle of Lake Erie, 10 September 1813.


YOUR ORDERS

A. . . To begin with, you should learn a little about the sail ship.  Use the Boston SQUARE RIGGING site.  Tactics of square rig ships and More details are at Wikipedia.  Make a poster drawing a square rigger, and label the parts. 

 

B. . . For this part of our activity, you will look up quotes by a variety of Naval Officers for the United States, for any period in the Navy's history.  Read from this listing of great naval quotes  and write ten quotes with a short description of 1. why the quote was made, 2. when, 3.where and 4. by whom.

 

C. . . Using the Learning On-Line site, and choose five American sail ships.  Some could be combination steamer and sail.  Make a data sheet for each including:  1.Name of ship, 2. Type of ship, 3. Battles or campaigns served in, 4. Commander or captain, 5.When the ship was built, and 6. What happened to it after itsí service years ended.

 

D. . . When in our history did the U.S. Navy begin to downsize?  What war was the navy small, and fears arose in the country that our enemy could be attacked easily?  Visit the Public Broadcasting Online Site for a description of why and when the Navy was shrunk down.

 

E. . . In 1861, the Civil War would start.  1. How many ships did the U.S. Navy have in its' inventory?, and 2. What did the country have to do to get it's navy built up.  Use the Civil War Trust site to see the quick evolution of battle ships of the Civil War, and 3. why the Navy was in this condition.  How did the Navy build up quickly?

 

F. . . President Lincoln and the ironclad USS Montauk.  Read the article and Answer the Questions about the article.  What does this article say about President Lincoln as Commander & Chief?  Did he keep up with the new and old technologies used by the soldiers and sailors he commanded? What did he do with this ironclad that made it special in history (his own personal connection)? How did the Montauk serve President Lincoln in the end?

 

G. . . Select and Read a  U.S. Navy Civil War Sesquicentennial Blog Site Series of Articles. Write a summary of the highpoints of the blog--

CWN 150 Recommended Blogs  

Try the current blog about "The War is Over, but not for the Navy"

G. . . Use the "Glorious Sail-Steam Ships before the Civil War" for Information

 

You can record your answers in a Navy Form each part of the activity

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