Today in U.S. Naval History - August 26
1775 - Rhode Island Resolve: Rhode Island delegates to Continental Congress press for creation of Continental Navy to protect the colonies
1839 - Brig Washington seizes Spanish slaver, Amistad near Montauk Point, N.Y.
1861 - Union amphibious force lands near Hatteras, N.C.
1865 - Civil War ends with Naval strength over 58,500 men and 600 ships
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