OCTOBER 25TH, 1861: John Ericsson began construction of the single-turret, two-gun ironclad USS Monitor at Greenpoint, New York.
** Flag Officer Du Pont wrote Assistant Secretary of Navy Fox of the continuing importance of amphibious training: "Landing a brigade today to exercise Ferry boats and Surf boats-- reaping immense advantages from the experiment by seeing the defects.
** The USS Rhode Island, Lt. Stephen D. Trenchard, captured schooner Aristides off Charlotte Harbor, Florida.
Practice Makes Perfect, Flag Officer Du Pont. --Old B-Runner