During our last trip East my wife and I spent two nights at the US Naval Academy. I had not been there in some 50 years and my wife had been able to visit the Naval Academy a few years ago. I wanted to explore some Civil War history there and we were very fortunate to be able to do so.
First I wanted to get pictures of Worden Field and The Superintendent’s House. Worden Field is named after LT John Lorimer Worden, the captain of the USS Monitor at the second day of the Battle of Hampton Roads and later the 7th Superintendent of the Naval Academy. He was promoted to Rear Admiral during his five-year tour at Annapolis.
The Superintendent’s Home is named Buchanan Hall, named after Admiral Franklin Buchanan, (pronounced Buck-cannon) the captain of the CSS Virginia (a.k.a. Merrimec) in the same battle. He was the first “Supe” and had a considerable amount to do with the founding and establishment of the Naval Academy.
I also wanted to get a photo of the Dahlgren Deck Howitzer. I have vivid memories of the Midshipmen firing that infernal gun each and every time the Navy scored on Army in football. The gun has historic overtones in that it was designed to be used on board ship to repel boarders. The gun could be disassembled and man handled on deck and mounted on a special mount on the bow of shore party boats. I was successful at finding the gun at the Visitors Center lobby.
Another great find was at the Academy Library where I learned the famous Oregon Gun was mounted near Gate Number 1.
I was able to capture some photos of the gun and will tell the story of the gun and its origins in a later post.
I was able to photograph the Tripoli Monument, which is the first military monument errected in the United States. It is a tribute to the six officers who lost their lives in the war with the Barbary Pirates. They were Captain Richard Somers, Lt.James Caldwell, Lt James Decatur, Lt.Henry Wadsworth, Lt John Dorsey and Lt Joseph Isreal.