Surprises From a Reader
My June article, “From Hampton Roads to Spithead” (pp. 14–23), yielded some unexpected surprises. Shortly after its publication, I was emailed by a reader who identified himself as a distant family namesake of the captain of the double-turreted U.S. monitor Miantonomoh, a beautiful painting of which appeared on the cover of Naval History firing her 15-inch Dahlgren guns for British VIPs at Portsmouth, England. He had inherited some important personal items of the captain, John C. Beaumont, including a cutaway model of the historic ironclad and the 200-page personal log he kept of his voyage across the Atlantic in 1866 and the subsequent diplomatic tour of Europe and Russia. They had never been published. He kindly sent me some digital extracts of this important artifact. A full copy might be donated to the Monitor Center/Mariners’ Museum at Newport News, Virginia, where other researchers can also make use of it.