U.S. Navy transport with new Department of the South commander aboard wrecked in North Carolina
05/16/1862 to 05/17/1862
The Union Navy steam transport Oriental, 210 feet long and 1,202 tons, was lost off the North Carolina coast, three miles from the Oregon Inlet. She had left New York the day before with stores and 75 passengers and ran aground near midnight. All aboard, including the new Department of the South commander Brigadier General Rufus Saxton, survived. The wreck today is a popular destination for beginning scuba divers. (By John Osborne)
Frank Moore, ed., The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: G.P. Putnam, 1863), V: 12.