Tuesday, April 29, 2014
State of Confederate Navy Officer Corps April 1864
APRIL 27TH, 1864: The CSS Alabama captured and burned the bark Tycoon at sea east of Salvador, Brazil. APRIL 28TH, 1864: Cmdr. John K. Mitchell, CSN, in charge of the Office of Orders and Detail wrote: "A deficiency of lieutenants and younger officers continues, owing top the impossibility of obtaining persons suitably qualified. The total number of officers of all grades, commissioned, warranted, and appointed, now in the service amounts to 753, all of whom, except 26, are on duty. The total number of enlisted persons now employed in the Navy within the Confederacy is 3,960, and abroad about 500, making a total of 4,460."