When other ships of the Atlantic Squadron arrived a few days later, another committee went out into the harbor to again welcome the fleet. As this party passed the Russian vessels, the band on the U.S.S. North Carolina played “God Save the Czar!,” the imperial national anthem, which was loudly cheered by the Russian seamen who climbed the rigging to watch the proceedings. In response, the band of the flagship Alexander Nevsky struck up “Yankee Doodle.” The visit was off to a good start. Over the next ten weeks, Rear Admiral Lessofsky and his officers were fêted in grand style, most notably at two banquets at the Astor House, and a ball given in their honor at the Academy of Music. The scale and lavishness of these entertainments reflected the deep level of American gratitude for Russia’s moral support during the war.
|“Admiral Lessofsky and his Captains” by Mathew Brady (1863)|
|“The Great Russian Ball” by Winslow Homer (1863)|
|“Extremes Meet” — Punch, London (1863)|