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Totally Confederate States Navy:  The official website of the Confederate Submarine Torpedo Boat H. L. Hunley, first submarine in history, which was built here in Mobile, Alabama,  to sink an enemy warship.
Also:  The website for daily updates on the recovery of the sub from the Atlantic Ocean and it's preservation in Charleston, SC afterwards.    When Liverpool was Dixie. What a great title
for a new website devoted to the Confederate Navy connection to Liverpool, England and surrounding areas in the UK.
This is by a native Liverpool person living in the Liverpool area who also writes some very good poetry. See his examples.
Much has been added to this site since it started and we recommend you visit it. Roy has done some good work.
The website was done in the memory of Commander James Dunwoody Bulloch, CSN, secret service in Europe.  The Lt. Charles W. Read, CSN, homepage
hosted by Tony Brown of London, England. Read is one of those heros whose spotlight time has come and this website
is a welcomed addition. Also, R. Thomas Campbell has a new book on Read, "Sea Hawk of the Confederacy", 1999.
July 2000 brings two more books on Read:  "He Saw the Elephant" by Hewitt Clarke and "Confederate Corsair" by
Robert A. Jones. Just found this also: "Confederates Downeast" by Smith (1985), is about Read's east coast raids.
This is definitely the year for Read to be known! Great information.
This site is hosted by the University of North Carolina, Metalab project, which is a collection of information from different
contributors, mostly other universities. This CS NAVY info is from Marshall University. If you don't want to have to explore the entire site, here are relevant links to particular pages: Intro-Confederate Forces Afloat; Listings of ships by class;
River Defense Fleet; Commissioned Privateers; Texas Marine Dept; The Stone Fleet. The main page has A-Z listings.  NEW and IMPROVED! This is the Library of Virginia. Here you will find index cards of the service of CSN sailors. They have improved their previous search system and we're thankful of their presence. Maybe your ancestor is in this group.
[By the way, 'Admiral' Augustus O. Wright of the Naval Veterans of the UCV (He was a Seaman in the CSN) was the person who spent all of his retirement years collecting this info and McElroy got the credit after Wrignt died. McElroy was not a major player or even in the CSN. He was Wright's clerk.]  Here is a nice place for descriptions of CSN ships.
(We know this link does not work. Does anyone have a new one for them? Thanks)    The CSS NEUSE site from the North Carolina Department of Archives and History  A brief overall history of the CSN written by John W. Mauzey, Jr.
Generally it is good information but contains several errors in fact, ie, the CSS TENNESSEE was not sunk! And the
CSS SELMA was formerly named 'Florida', not vice versa. (Don't confuse this gunboat 'Florida' with the cruiser).

Confederate Blockade Runners:
(not all are CSN, many were privately owned but often carried a percentage of CS cargo)   The Texas A & M University's site on the recovery and history of the Denbigh. This is some history you don't want to miss. They have found the wreck and this is the archaeological study.     A site hosted by Mark Jenkins of combined information on Blockade Runners and Ironclads.

NEW  This is a great site showing the construction of the runners in England. Also the history of Fawcett-Preston and Co. who built the engines and armament.

Mostly CSN:
Author, researcher, and historian David M. Sullivan's pages of Confederate Navy and Marine personnel descendants he is searching for on the Rootsweb geneology site. This is a wealth of information. Maybe your ancester is here. If so, let Dave and CaptJohn know.
This is a great new site about Confederate torpedoes (now known as underwater mines). Mike and John are the real experts in this area and Mike makes some great reproductions and has visited here to show them.

About evenly divided CSN/USN:  Dakota State University, Jim Janke.
A full collection of excellent links. .  Here is a newer link as of Nov. 2010: Cornell University's scans of the ORN (Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies, Series I, Vol. I, Operations of the Cruisers, 1861-1862. This is a great service to those who cannot afford the complete set or persons needing to research factual details. A must for serious researchers. This site is a search engine. You will have to type in the words 'Confederate Navy' to get your information. Then refine the search from there.  This is Ken Jones' website at Tarleton University in Texas.  This portion of his excellent collection of topics is Navy related. It covers a great deal of naval information including images and descriptions.  The University of Tennessee at Knoxville. This is one large collection of links to many sites full of information. Beware of the opening picture though!   Reports from the Official Records of the Navy regarding the battle of the Virginia and the Monitor at Hampton Roads in 1862.   This is  Terry Foenander's site in Australia, consisting of numerous listings and information on CSN personnel. He has sent in photos of the grave of William Kenyon, Marine of the CSS Shenandoah, who is buried in Melbourne and others. He has done a wonderful job of cleaning the gravesite to get the imageMore CSN information has been added lately.  Also check his huge list of CSN personnel. Very nice work. He is a great and accurate researcher!  This was the Confederate Naval Museum at Columbus, Georgia on the Chattachoochee River.
It is now the National Civil War Naval Museum. A great place to visit with friendly and knowledgable people. They have two original CSN ships hulls (the CSS CHATTAHOOCHEE and JACKSON) and Brooke cannons made in Selma, Alabama along with Commander Catesby ap R. Jones' CSN frock coat. The museum name and purpose was changed due to "political correctness" of the times to obtain funding. It is becoming less Confederate. Having said that and having just returned from the grand opening (9 March 01), it is very impressive and unique. Tell Bob and Bruce that CaptJohn sent you.  This site provides some good general overviews on various aspects of the navies and some generous info on the Confederate Navy and Marines.  This site by provides Naval Chronological History of the war. It is very useful in that it is indexed by year and month.

Some CSN:  This is the U. S. Navy Historical Center's site for online Confederate Navy ships' images available for download. What a great service. Each page may cover several images, as in the CSS ARKANSAS, and a brief biography of the ship and personnel. Thanks USN.   This is the CS NAVY portion of Flags of the Confederacy (FOTC) website providing some greatly needed information on the little understood Confederate Flags and etiquette.
This is a "must" education for anyone wanting to understand the various flags. Several experts have pooled their resources.   The Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Virginia. Everyone should be a member and support this organization. It houses the greatest collection of Confederate artifacts.  The last home of President Jefferson Davis at Biloxi, Mississippi. This is where he wrote his book "The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government". A great new Presidential library was just dedicated.

UPDATED:   This site features Louisiana in the War Between the States (and uses the correct words, too!) and has a searchable data base for gravesites and other information hosted by N. Wayne Cosby. If you input 'navy' only into the tombstone database, it will give you many CSN veterans from Louisiana or buried there. Really an exciting find. Also found one CSMC. Now called the Louisana Soldiers and Sailors Burial Database.  The Mariner's Museum in Newport News, Virginia. Their setting is one of the most beautiful. Everyone should support this museum by being a member. Many original artifacts and documents.   Here is a huge collection of maritime links. Just about anything you might think of probably could be found on this site.  The American Civil War Roundtable of UK (United Kingdom). This particular page deals with Liverpool and it's Confederate connection through blockade runners such as the 'Denbigh' and the Confederate cruisers CSS FLORIDA, SHENANDOAH, and ALABAMA. Hopefully, they will add more CS NAVY items in the future as they come available.  They have added some very nice CSN articles on this webpage:  We are always excited to see overseas interest.  Here is another website with a section on the CSN. It is provided
by an annonymous person who goes by the 'nom de plume' Col. Mosby. We are thankful he has chosen our link.

Not much CSN but a good place to visit anyway:  Texas Seaport Museum in Galveston. For those who might like to visit a real barque rigged sailing ship that very much resembles the CSS Florida, Shenandoah, Rappahannock, or Alabama, except it doesn't have steam engines and guns. Here you can study the rigging and running gear and get an idea of how the Confederate Navy cruisers were. The Elissa is about the same length as the Florida. It was actually built in 1877 of iron and sails each year.   These are our friends at the Civil War Soldiers Museum in Pensacola, Florida and we are thankful they have been supportive of our plans. Hopefully, we can jointly sponsor some events there in the future.  A general Maritime site. This is another of our friends in Pensacola, Florida.  Considering the huge amount of  maritime information here and excellent content any one thing singled out would be a small percentage of the whole!  Robert H. Smith's Master Index to World Wide Maritime Museum Internet Resources. Maritime Museums of North America, Including Canada. Over 600 maritime, lighthouse, canal, museum entries

Re-enactors and historians:   Active question & answer forum for the Navies & Marines
This is the place to get most of the answers you need on uniforms, equipment, etc. These are seasoned re-enactors.

NEW  A new website for South Carolina CSMC living historians. Good info already and shows much promise.

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