Re: Did Norfolk Volunteer Firemen Man CSS Virginia's Guns?


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Posted by John Culpepper on December 20, 2005 at 11:01:05:

In Reply to: Did Norfolk Volunteer Firemen Man CSS Virginia's Guns? posted by James A Miller Jr on August 03, 2005 at 00:11:36:

I am a firefighter/paramedic for the City of Norfolk Virginia working on a Historical Book for the Department and the answer is YES, . The United Fire Company (Volunteer) and their Captain, Captain Thomas Kevill volunteered as gun crew. They were known as the United Artillery Company in the Confederate Army. The entire complement of Captain Thomas Kevill’s United Artillery Company E, 41st joined the crew on March 6, 1862 – just two days before the battle. A portrait of Kevill, recently donated to The Mariners’ Museum by his descendents, is featured in that section of the exhibition. on December 15, 1871 the Norfolk Fire Department, a professional department, was inaugurated with Thomas Kevill appointed as Chief Engineer (prelude to today's Fire Chief). Norfolk was the third fully paid fire department to be formed in the United States.



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