I don't usually blog about personal items on the Fitzpatrick blog and no, Christy is not pregnant. For those of you that may not be aware we have been in the adoption process for 2 years this month. We are adopting a young girl (9 years old) from India. Her name is Mamali and we will call her Mali for short. We received word yesterday that our paperwork has been approved by the Indian court system and we hope to travel in July to India. God has answered a lot of prayers with this one. If we can ever be of help with anyone thinking about adoption please feel free to contact us. This is our second adoption and we have learned many things through experience and would love to share it with others and hopefully make their experience better and quicker.
Petal Pushers is hosting an Estate Sale (3 of them) and an Indoor Yard Sale (5 families). I talked to Henry Harris and he said that they have "everything you can possibly think of including the kitchen sink". Sale items include household goods, appliances, furniture, anitques, china, electronics, and lot more. There will be tons of great stuff at incredible prices! They will be open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm until further notice. Make plans to go see them before it is all gone!
Mr. Ken Johnston, Program Directror at the National Civil War Naval Museum in Columbus, Georgia, will present "Mr. Mallory's Miracle" at the Washington Civil War Round Table meeting on Monday evening, April 25, at 6:00 p.m., at the Talk of the Town Cafe in the Fitzpatrick Hotel located on The Square in Washington, GA.
When the Civil War started, the Confederacy had no navy and extremely few ships and next to no war ships. There were relatively few naval yards and even fewer facilities to make what war ships needed, such as marine engines, heavy naval guns and ship armor. There were few skilled tradesmen who could build war ships. Comparatively few naval officers and trained seamen came from the South. It was this daunting and dire situation that faced the Confederate Secretary of the Navy, Stephen R. Mallory, when he took office. The Pensacola, FL, native threw himself at this impossible task and achieved unbelievable success.
In quick order, the USS Merrimac was raised and salvaged and turned into the ironclad CSS Virginia , which sunk Union war ships and forced the USS Monitor to retire after a severe battle. The Condederate Navy had the first submarine, the CSS H.L. Hunley, to ever sink a enemy war ship. The Davids, 50 foot long, low riding torpedo boats were designed and built for the defense of Charleston Harbor.
A number of ironclads were built throughout the South. The CSS Tennessee was built in Selma, AL; the CSS Nuese was built in Kinston , N.C. The list goes on.
Some of the most famous ships of the Confederate Navy were the raiders. One of the most notorious was the CSS Alabama, captained by Admiral Raphael Semmes of Savannah which sunk 59 Union ships. His cousin, Brig. Gen Paul Jones Semmes was born in Wilkes County and lived on North Alexander Street in Washington. There was the CSS Shenandoah, under Captain James Waddell, which fought for two months after the War was over, not knowing of its conclusion. There was the CSS Tallahassee, commanded by Captain John Taylor Wood, who destroyed 26 Union ships wihtin 10 days. Captain Wood was in Washinton with Jefferson Davis in May, 1865.
The Confederate Navy developed the naval mines, called torpedos at the time. When Admiral Farragut was running the gauntlet past Fort Morgan, which protected the port of Mobile, AL, his lead ship, the ironclad USS Tecumseh , was blown out of the water by one of the Confederate "torpedos".
Most of us know very little about the confederate Navy. The story of "Mr. Mallory's Miracle" is amazing and is one that you will not want to miss.
The Fitzpatrick Hotel would like to thank the members of the recent Heart and Soul Tour for taking time in their busy schedule to stop in Washington, Georgia, and spend a few moments at The Fitzpatrick Hotel. Christy and I felt personally gratified due to personal friendships that have grown over many years with members of the tour. The last time the tour stopped in Washington was during the original renovation of The Fitzpatrick Hotel and many members had never seen the finished product.
For those of you unfamiliar with the Heart and Soul Tour as well as the Georgia Cities Foundation, I would recommend visiting their website. They are a wonderful organization dedicated to the preservation of historical properties in downtowns. They promote historic preservation as a means of saving endangered properties as well as revitalization of business and economic growth. The tour consists of both private, government, and business leaders and lends support to many areas of Georgia. The tour provides inspiration, hope, and a shared sense of concern for areas all over Georgia.
We have personally been on four of the Heart and Soul tours and would like to once again thank everyone involved with the preparation, planning, and attendance of the tours. The personal sacrifice of your time and attention will always play well in our heart.
Mike with Hal and Priscilla Carter during the Heart and Soul Tour 2008