JANUARY 25TH, 1865: Captain T.J. Page reported that the CSS Stonewall was now at sea off the coast of France and wrote to Secretary Mallory: "You must not expect too much of me; I fear the power and effect of this vessel have been too much exaggerated. We will do our best."
I would have liked to see a pitched battle between the Stonewall and a Union monitor, however. I wonder who would have won.
JANUARY 26TH, 1865: The Confederate picket boat Hornet was sunk and Lt. Aenas Armstrong, CSN, was drowned as a result of a collision between the Hornet and the steamer Allison in the James River.
JANUARY 28TH, 1865: The USS Valley City dispatched to Colerain, North Carolina, on the Chowan River, to protect a Union encampment there.