Tuesday, September 13, 2011
The Civil War: 150 years ago today: Entering Confederate-controlled Pensacola harbor, Lt. John Henry Russell destroys the privateer Judah, marking the first naval action of the Civil War. Note: Ly Russell went on to retire in 1886 as a Rear Admiral. His son, John Russell, Jr., would become the Commandant of Marines. There is currently a Destroyer, USS Russell (DDG) named for the two of them.