It has been a while since our last newsletter but you'll be happy to know
that all things USS England are still underway. However, I sure could use
some help. We very much need articles for the newsletter and these can come
from anyone in the ENGLAND family, officers, crew, families, historians and
We had a very successful reunion last June. Thank you to everyone who
attended! I want to thank our speakers RADM Hugh L. Webster, USN (ret.),
Captain Peter J. Gaskin USN (ret.), Commander Michael R. Fierro, and CWO4
George P. Evans USN (ret.) for stepping up and making our reunion banquet a
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We'll be having a Southern California Mini-Reunion this year. I'd like some
of the people who'd like to attend to help plan the event. It does not need
to be anything formal. A location with food and drink with a date and time.
We have done a couple of these in Brea, CA and one on Hotel Circle in San
Diego. Where would you like to meet? Let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org
or better yet, try the forums at http://forums.ussengland.net/
and we can all discuss it on-line).
Gordon England was confirmed as the 73rd Secretary of the Navy on 26
September 2003 and sworn in on 1 October. He becomes only the second person
in history to serve twice as the leader of the Navy-Marine Corps Team and
the first to serve in back-to-back terms. So the address for letters
requesting a new England has changed again. See the Operation
King Page for details! Send your letters today!
As you know, at out last reunion in the summer of 2003 the attendees voted
on the location and timing for our next reunion. The result is that our next
reunion is scheduled for early June 2005 in Charleston, South Carolina.
Charleston will be our group's first trip to the east coast and our chance
to start having reunions at locations across the country.
The Charleston area offers a lot of things to see and do along with its rich
military heritage. Nearby are Fort Moultrie, the site of the first decisive
patriot victory of the American Revolution, and Fort Sumter, the scene of
the first shots of the Civil War. Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
includes World War II aircraft carrier U.S.S. YORKTOWN, 25 military
aircraft, submarine CLAMAGORE, destroyer LAFFEY, Coast Guard cutter INGHAM,
Vietnam Base Camp, Congressional Medal of Honor Museum, and New Cold War
Submarine Memorial. There will also be all the usual reunion fun, meals and
the final banquet.
More details will be coming in 2004.
Start planning on attending this event now!!!
Corner: :Fort Sumter National Monument
After it became clear that Abraham Lincoln had won the presidential election
of 1860, South Carolina passed an order of secession on December 20. Six
days later Major Robert Anderson, commander of the Union forces at
Charleston, moved his small garrison from Fort Moultrie, also in the
Charleston Harbor, to the unfinished, ungarrisoned Fort Sumter, farther from
shore and less vulnerable to land attack. Governor Francis Pickens of South
Carolina demanded the surrender of Fort Sumter; Anderson refused. On January
9, 1861, the Union merchant vessel Star of the West attempted to land
supplies and reinforcements for Fort Sumter, but was fired on and withdrew.
By the time Lincoln took office on March 4, six more states had seceded, and
Fort Sumter was one of the two Southern forts remaining under Union control.
Lincoln was faced with either recalling Anderson or risking war by providing
him with supplies and reinforcements. After much agonizing, Lincoln notified
Pickens on April 8 that an attempt would be made to send provisions, but no
troops or ammunition, to Fort Sumter, then in danger of being starved out.
Three days later General Pierre G. T. Beauregard, under orders from
Confederate President Jefferson Davis, demanded evacuation of the fort.
Anderson stated that he would evacuate only if he received neither
provisions nor instructions from the federal government by noon on April 15.
This answer proved unsatisfactory, and at 4:30 am on April 12, Fort Johnson
in Charleston fired the first shot of a 34-hour bombardment, ending all
negotiations and marking the beginning of the Civil War. Lincoln's relieving
fleet arrived the same day but could not enter the harbor because of cannon
fire from the shore. Anderson surrendered the fort on April 14; neither side
suffered any casualties. The following day the United States declared war on
Confederate troops completed construction of the fort, greatly strengthened
it, and in 1863-64 held it through several massive Union attacks and a
15-month siege. Only on February 17, 1865, with the approach of the army of
the Union general William Tecumseh Sherman, did they evacuate the fort. The
site became a national monument in 1948.