Item #8493 An Account of the Reception Given by the Citizens of New-York to the Survivors of the Officers and Crews of the United States Frigates Cumberland and Congress, at the Academy of Music, April 10th, 1862.
An Account of the Reception Given by the Citizens of New-York to the Survivors of the Officers and Crews of the United States Frigates Cumberland and Congress, at the Academy of Music, April 10th, 1862.
An Account of the Reception Given by the Citizens of New-York to the Survivors of the Officers and Crews of the United States Frigates Cumberland and Congress, at the Academy of Music, April 10th, 1862.

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An Account of the Reception Given by the Citizens of New-York to the Survivors of the Officers and Crews of the United States Frigates Cumberland and Congress, at the Academy of Music, April 10th, 1862.

New York: Published by the Committee of Arrangements, John A. Gray & Green Printers, Stereotypers, and Binders, Fire-Proof Buildings, Corner Frankfort and Jacob Streets, [1862]. 12mo (7.25” x 4.875”), illustrated pink wrappers. [1], frontis., 37, [2], [1] pp. Pencil calculations on verso of title page. CONDITION: Wrappers good, spine perished and sewn, light wear and soiling; contents very good, occasional light foxing.

An account of the celebration held to honor the Union veterans of the Battle of Hampton Roads and benefit the families of those killed aboard the USS Cumberland and the USS Congress.

“Saturday, the Eighth Day of March, A.D. 1862, will ever be regarded as the beginning of a new era in the annals of naval warfare.” So opens this tribute to the heroic crews of the Cumberland and Congress, the two wooden-hulled Union frigates sunk by the Rebel ironclad Merrimack in the Battle of Hampton Roads, also known as the Battle of the Monitor and Merrimack. It was the first confrontation in the world between two ironclad war ships, and prompted both Great Britain and France to cease construction of wooden-hulled models. After sinking the Cumberland and the Congress, the Merrimack battled its ironclad Union counterpart, the Monitor, for some three hours without a conclusive result: the Union trade blockade of Norfolk and Richmond—which the Cumberland and Congress had been enforcing—continued unbroken.

This account, which includes brief histories of the Monitor and the Merrimac as well as lists of the killed and missing, details the formal celebration organized in New York City’s Academy of Music for the officers and crews of the two Union vessels. The circular advertising the event is reprinted (“A reception will be given…to the Officers and Crews of the Frigates CUMBERLAND and CONGRESS who so nobly stood by their guns and their flag in the late engagement in Hampton Roads”) as is the two-part program. Detailed descriptions of the evening—from decorations to music to the “continued manifestations of sympathy and gratitude” accompanying the sailors on their “return march to the Navy-Yard”—are included alongside transcripts of the evening’s speeches.

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