The Mission of the Institute is to provide an independent forum for those who dare to read, think, speak, and write in order to advance the professional, literary, and scientific understanding of sea power and other issues critical to national defense.
Swept from the relative quiet of running passengers from Fredericksburg, Virginia, down the Rappahannock and back, a little-known river steamer served in the Union Navy's Potomac Flotilla during the Civil War.
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