The James River Squadron was formed shortly after the secession of the State of Virginia as part of the Virginia State Navy. The squadron is most notable for its role in patrolling the James River, which was the main water approach to the Confederate capital, Richmond. It had two phases: early war, when it consisted mostly of wooden ships (besides the famous CSS Virginia) which ended with the Battle of Drewry's Bluff on May 15, 1862; and its later ironclad composition with the flagship CSS Virginia II.
... was accompanied from her moorings on the Elizabeth River by Raleigh and Beaufort, and was joined at Hampton Roads by the James River Squadron, Patrick Henry, Jamestown, and Teaser ... Virginia headed directly for the Union squadron ... By this time, the James River Squadron, commanded by John Randolph Tucker, had arrived and joined Virginia in the attack on Congress ...
... Lingard but heard much about him, mainly from Lingard's nephews, James and Joshua Lingard ... It was probably through Brooksbank that Conrad met James Craig, master of the small steamer Vidar, which made voyages between Sinapore and small ports on Borneo and ... James (Jim) Lingard had been living for some years as a trading agent on Borneo, at Berau, on the Berau River ...
... Campaign, General George McClellan requested a squadron to force its way up the James River and threaten Richmond from the water ... To fulfill this request, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron commander, Flag Officer Louis Goldsborough, assigned Commodore John Rodgers the command of the ... The Federal warships experienced only minor resistance during their passage up the James River to reach the fortifications at Drewry’s Bluff ...
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