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First expeditions of the Federal Navy
The Pawnee --only 1,289 tons, but the heaviest Federal vessel in the Potomac when the war began — she received the surrender of Alexandria, Va., in May, 1861, and fought gallantly in the first expedition against Hatteras, August, 1861
The operations of the United States navy were almost unknown to the public during the first weeks of the war, while there was not a move of the army that was not heralded in the newspapers and made known in all quarters.
But a very small proportion of the people knew that another class of men was struggling for the preservation of the Union, spending nights and days in sleepless vigilance and untiring activity.
The seamen and officers of the navy should receive their due proportion of praise and honor for the ultimate victory that they helped to win.
By the force of circumstances, the Potomac River, from Washington to its mouth, drew the attention of the naval authorities in April, 1861.