499. Partial Index to Ships and Persons Named in Area File, 1775-1819.
ca. 1924. 4 ft.
Most of the 3- by 5-inch card entries are for records dated from 1775 to 1819, but some are for documents of an earlier or later date. A typical card entry includes the name of a vessel; American or foreign naval officer or private or public individual mentioned in the document; file designation of document; and its date. There are a few entries for persons or vessels mentioned in the Subject File (entry 502).
500. Area File of the U.S. Navy, 1775-1910.
ca. 1924-ca. 1940. 162 ft.
Arranged by geographical area, and thereunder chronologically. The geographical areas into which the Area File is divided are described in Appendix H. There are a few documents dated as early as 1648.
This artificially assembled series consists primarily of letters, telegrams, cablegrams, reports, maps, and other documents removed or copied from the records of the Office of the Secretary of the Navy, the Bureau of Navigation, other Navy Department offices and bureaus, and other executive agencies. There are also semiofficial correspondence of naval officers donated or loaned for copying, copies of documents from the Library of Congress and from private and state records and manuscript collections, and foreign documents. Documents removed from the War Department's Collection of Revolutionary War Manuscripts relating to naval affairs were added to this collection. Typed documents indicate that the original record was copied from loaned materials that were returned to the donor. Many documents have a stamp showing the name of the donor or a stamp showing it was published in the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion (Washington, DC: 1894-1922).
The documents relate mainly to specific occurrences or to conditions in particular areas during a short period of time. There are many records concerning movements of vessels, naval operations and engagements, intervention of U.S. naval vessels in foreign crises, and attacks on naval vessels and personnel. There are also reports on political, economic, and military conditions in certain locales, some of which were received from naval attachés. There are many records concerning occurrences and conditions in the North Atlantic and the Great Lakes. For the Revolutionary War period, there are mostly photostatic copies of documents copied during 1914 and 1915 from originals in manuscript collections in the States of Massachusetts, Virginia, and North Carolina.
In 1963 documents pertaining to the Confederate States Navy, 1861-65, were removed to form a separate series (see entry 501). The records for both the U.S. Navy, 1775-1910, and the Confederate States Navy, have been reproduced as NARA Microfilm Publication M625, Area File of the Naval Records Collection, 1775-1910. For a list of private donors, see entry 533.
501. Area File for the Confederate States Navy, 1861-65.
ca.1924-ca. 1929. 2 ft.
Arranged by geographical area (areas 4-8), and thereunder chronologically. For a description of the geographical areas, see Appendix H.
In 1963 documents pertaining to the Confederate States Navy were removed by the National Archives from areas 4-8 of the Area File for the U.S. Navy (see entry 500) in order to facilitate research. The original filing scheme of the documents removed was unchanged. The records include originals and copies of correspondence of the Confederate States Navy Department, naval and privateer officers, Army officers, the First Auditor and Secretary of the Treasury, and the War Department. Much of the correspondence relates to operations and engagements involving vessels of the Mississippi River, Mobile, James River, North Carolina, Charleston, and Savannah Squadrons and to activities of privateers and conditions at Mobile, Columbus, Pensacola, Galveston, and other ports. Area 4 includes records of Confederate activities in Europe. There are also such documents as contracts, vouchers, and receipts for vessel repair work; narratives of the recollections of naval officers; and orders to officers. These records have been reproduced as rolls 410-414 of NARA Microfilm Publication M625, Area File of the Naval Records Collection, 1775-1910. For a list of private donors, see entry 533.
502. Subject File of the U.S. Navy, 1775-1910.
ca. 1924-ca. 1946. 360 ft.
Arranged by subject according to an alphabetical classification scheme developed by the Office of Naval Records and Library. There are lists of private donors' papers in the file in entry 533. A list of the principal subdivisions of the file is in Appendix I.
Unbound records that did not fit into the filing scheme of the Area File (see entries 500 and 501) were placed in the Subject File by the staff of the Office of Naval Records and Library. General naval policy, strategy, and administration of forces are the principal topics of documents selected for this file. The correspondence, reports, and other documents concern operations of vessels, naval commands, personnel, activities at U.S. and foreign navy yards and naval stations; naval and civilian personnel employed at these shore establishments and elsewhere in the Navy Department; logistics activities of the Department and its component offices and bureaus bearing directly on naval operations; activities of U.S. and foreign merchant vessels; and domestic and foreign governmental relationships affecting directly or indirectly U.S. naval operations and the conduct of American commerce.
The documents mainly consist of letters, memorandums, various kinds of reports (patrol reports, operation reports, investigative reports, etc.), bulletins, muster rolls, payrolls, returns, narratives, and directives, some of which were transferred to the Navy Department from the files of the War Department and of other executive departments. Most files came from component units of the Navy Department, such as from the Bureau of Navigation and the Bureau of Construction and Repair.
Private collections of papers, published articles, copies of documents in print, newspaper clippings, maps, charts, broadsides, drawings, ships' plans, and sketches were also added to the Subject File. Reference letters, memorandums, and reports prepared on topics requiring research in archival and published materials by the staff of the Office of Naval Records and Library were frequently copied and placed in the file. However, much of this type of correspondence dated prior to 1920 was organized in the Biography or Personnel (Z-), Ships (ZC), Places (ZE), Operations (ZO), Sources of Historical Material (ZR) and Miscellaneous (ZW) files now in the custody of the Naval Historical Center of the Navy Department. Placed with this correspondence were originals and copies of contemporary records and manuscripts pertaining to the subjects discussed in the letters. Sometimes cross-references are found with the correspondence to documents in the Subject File, 1775-1910.
In 1963 documents pertaining to the Confederate States Navy were segregated to form a separate subject file and thus facilitate reference. This part of the original Subject File is described in entry 503. The records originally in Pensions and Pensioners (YA) (YI) (YS) (YV) and (YX) categories that were at one time part of the Subject File are now part of the Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Record Group 15.
503. Subject File for the Confederate States Navy, 1861-65.
ca. 1924-ca. 1929. 32 ft.
Arranged according to subject classification. For a list of the principal subdivisions, see Appendix J.
In 1963 documents pertaining to the Confederate States Navy in the Subject File for the U.S. Navy were segregated to form a separate file and thus facilitate reference. The original filing scheme of the documents removed was unchanged. Among the documents removed to form the new series were original correspondence, reports, drawings, vouchers, muster rolls and payrolls pertaining to personnel, medical supplies and equipment, shore establishments, construction of vessels, prisoners of war and operations of squadrons. In some cases, personal papers of particular Confederate naval officers were kept together under one subject designation. The papers of John M. Brooke and Catesby ap R. Jones were put in the category for naval ordnance, and the papers of Samuel Barron and George W. Gift were put in the category for operations.
The "Z," or history, files, formerly part of this series and now in the custody of the Naval Historical Center, include alphabetically arranged records on people, ships, and places. The National Archives transferred documents originally in the category Naval Policy (VN) to the War Department Collection of Confederate Records, Record Group 109. For a list of private donors to the Confederate Subject File, see entry 539. The records have been reproduced as NARA Microfilm Publication M1091, Subject File of the Confederate States Navy, 1861-65.
504. Chronology of Significant Events, August 1914-December 1918.
n.d. 6 ft.
Included on these 5- by 8-inch card entries are a description of the event, date on which it occurred, and sometimes a file reference, usually to the Subject File (see entry 520).
505. Index to Reports Relating to Non-Navy Ship Movements during World War I.
n.d. 2 ft.
Arranged alphabetically by subject or name of ship.
References are to reports from U.S. consuls, naval intelligence, Canadian intelligence, etc. There are reference numbers at the upper right corner of the card to ship movement reports. These reports have not been identified.
506. Card Record of Merchant Vessel Movements and Inspections
in U.S. Ports During World War I.
n.d. 6 in.
Information contained includes name of vessel, nationality, rig, agent, "due" (date), "from" (port), cargo, (date) "arrived", and (place) "docked."
507. Card Record of German Vessels "Taken Over" by the U.S. Government and Armed.
n.d. 2 in.
Information contained includes original and subsequent names of vessel, location (where interned), net tonnage, year built, length, beam, and depth, and date armed.
508. Carded History of Dirigibles, Seaplanes, Submarines,
and Sub Chasers During World War I.
n.d. 1 ft.
Arranged by type of ship, and thereunder by name of ship.
For dirigibles, seaplanes, and submarines, the cards summarize records of collisions, groundings, fires, and other accidents. The cards for submarine chasers show the ships' movements. The source of information is sometimes given.
509. Card Record of Interred Vessels at Ports.
n.d. 2 in.
Arranged alphabetically by name of port.
Information contained is name of vessel only. Ports are in the United States, Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, and the Phillippines.
510. Index to Non-Navy Vessel Movement Reports, World War I.
n.d. 10 in.
Arranged alphabetically by ship.
The cards provide the name of ship and ship movement report number. The reports have not been identified.
511. List of Merchant Vessels Armed by the U.S. Navy.
Apr. 1917-Sept. 1919. 1/4 in.
Photostatic copy of a list of 1,689 vessels for which the following information is provided: name of vessel; identification number assigned by the Bureau of Construction and Repair; vessel type; tonnage; name of former owner; nature of service; date on which vessel was commissioned, delivered, or taken over; disposition; and date of disposition.
512. Card Record of Merchant Seamen Casualties During World War I.
Aug. 1914-Nov. 1918. 5 in.
Arranged alphabetically by name of vessel
Information contained includes name of seaman, nationality, rank and duties, date of loss, name of vessel, locality of loss, address of seaman.
513. Miscellaneous Lists and Indexes for World War I.
n.d. 1 in.
For the most part, entries on the individual lists and indexes are arranged alphabetically.
Included on 3- by 5-inch and 5- by 8-inch cards are a list of subjects pertaining to World War I discussed in periodicals and other publications, a list of U.S. naval vessels employed during World War I, and a name index to correspondence designated "Vessels Various."
514. List of Names and Subjects Included in Documents in the Area
and Subject Files for the Years 1917 and 1918.
n.d. 2 ft.
These 5- by 8-inch card entries provide the name or subject and the date of the document, but they do not provide the Area File designation under which the document is filed in entry 525. A few documents included in the list were part of other files in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.
515. Chronological Index to Cables and Messages in the Area and Subject Files.
Nov. 1, 1917-Jan. 21, 1918; July 1-Dec. 31, 1918. 8 in.
These 5- by 8-inch cards provide the date and summary of incoming messages. In the right corner of many of the cards, there is a file citation for the Area or Subject File or a cable number.
516. Partial Name and Subject Index to Documents in Area and Subject Files.
n.d. 4 ft.
These 5- by 8-inch cards, mostly for documents of the World War I period, provide a description of the document, its file designation, and usually its date. Some cards provide references to publications or cable numbers.
517. Area File of the U.S. Navy, 1910-27.
1924-46. 128 ft. Arranged by geographic area and thereunder chronologically. See Appendix H for a description of the areas.
This artificially assembled series consists of letters, telegrams, radio messages, reports, and maps removed or copied from the records of the Office of the Secretary of the Navy, Bureau of Navigation, Office of Naval Intelligence, and other Navy Department offices. There are also records transferred from the Historical Section of London Headquarters of U.S. Naval Forces Operating in European Waters. Most of the records relate to operations in the war in Europe and Russia. The documents relate mainly to specific occurrences or to conditions in particular areas during a short period of time.
518. Name and Subject Index to Subject File, 1911-27.
n.d. 5 ft.
These 3- by 5-inch cards provide the file designation under which the documents relating to the name or subject were filed.
519. Subject Index to Correspondence in the Subject File Relating to Operations, 1911-27.
n.d. 4 in.
The 3- by 5-inch cards provide the file designations under which documents were filed.
520. Subject File of the U.S. Navy, 1910-27.
ca. 1924-46. 128 ft.
Arranged by subject according to an alphabetical classification scheme developed by the Office of Naval Records and Library. A list of the scheme is in Appendix I.
This artificially assembled series consist of letters, reports, cables, telegrams, maps, muster rolls, and other types of mostly unbound records. Most came from the files of component units of the Navy Department, particularly from the Bureau of Navigation, Bureau of Aeronautics (and predecessor aviation offices), and the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI). Removed from ONI's Central File and transferred to the Subject File in 1940 were 768 files of "significant" foreign intelligence reports submitted by naval attachés, other naval observers, and intelligence agents for the period immediately before, during, and after World War I. Titles of reports include the "Report of the British Committee on Loss of SS Titanic, 1912"; "European War, Naval Operations, Germany, 1915-22"; "British Naval Raid, Zeebruge and Ostend, 1915-25"; "U.S. building progressˇrecommendations of the General Board since 1900, 1922"; and "Military mission in Siberia, etc. 1918." A list ("Folders Received from O.N.I. Archives," 1940, 40 pp.) has been prepared by NARA showing the titles, original file designations, and the Subject File citations of the 768 files.
Included in the 1911-27 part of the file are documents received from the Historical Section at London Headquarters, U.S. Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, many of which were received at London following the Armistice from subordinate commands that were being deactivated in England, France, Italy, the Azores, and Gibraltar. Also added in were correspondence donated or loaned for copying by naval officers, private and state records and manuscripts collections, foreign governments, and citizens of foreign governments, and the official correspondence that formed a principal part of the London Historical Section's collection.
The Subject File, 1911-27, contains over 40 unpublished historical manuscripts, many of which were prepared by Navy and Marine Corps officers, concerning such topics as submarine warfare during 1914-18, U.S. intervention in Haiti in 1915, Thomas A. Edison and the work of the Navy Consulting Board during World War I, and the Marine Corps occupation of Tientsin during 1927-28. Histories of units and of naval districts that were prepared by officers and submitted to the Historical Section after World War I are also found in the series. Many of the histories include photographs of personnel and installations.
In the file for the 1911-27 period are the voluminous "U.S. Naval Vessels" files (OS) for 3,117 ships, boats, and other craft of the Navy, Bureau of Fisheries Coast Guard, Lighthouse Service, and Coast and Geodetic Survey; the files are arranged alphabetically by name of vessel. "Merchant Vessels" (SD) files for 6,480 U.S.- and foreign-owned vessels, also arranged alphabetically by name of vessel, are also included. The OS files contain data concerning the construction and commissioning of the vessels and vessels' complements; copies of correspondence exchanged between commanding officers of the vessels and their immediate superiors or between Navy Department units concerning the vessels; newspaper clippings and copies of press releases concerning the vessels; extracts from war diaries; copies of proceedings of investigations held by the Navy Department into vessels' activities; and sometimes cross-references to documents in other parts of the Subject File and in the Area File. The SD files include vessel applications for armed guards, correspondence concerning losses of vessels to the Germans and the condition of survivors, copies of communications between U.S. vessels or stations and foreign flag vessels, confidential sailing instructions issued by the Navy Department to U.S. and foreign vessels, troop transport information and voyage reports.
Most of the documents were assembled by the staff of the Office of Naval Records and Library during the period 1924-31. However, there are documents included in the file dated as late as 1946, some of which were apparently placed in the File by the staff of the Early Records Section of the Office of Naval Records and Library, a unit that was housed in the National Archives Building following the accessioning of the Naval Records Collection by the National Archives in 1942. At the end of this part of the file are oversized enclosures and exhibits that accompanied correspondence found elsewhere in the file.
521. Subject Index to Logistics File.
n.d. 2 in.
The 3- by 5-inch cards give file designations under which documents were filed.
522. Logistics File, 1916-20.
ca. 1924-ca. 1931. 40 ft.
Arranged for the most part by subject or location according to a filing scheme devised by the Office of Naval Records and Library. The series was originally intended to cover the years 1911-27, but there are only a few documents for the years 1911-15 and not many for 1921-27. For a list of the principal subdivisions of the scheme, see Appendix K. For a subject index, see entry 520.
The file contains letters, memorandums, reports, and other documents
selected primarily from the records of the Office of the Secretary of the Navy,
the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, and the bureaus
relating to measures taken to supply, equip, and provide personnel
for vessels and stations preparing for active operations.
The records also document the involvement of the U.S. Shipping Board
and Emergency Fleet Corporation, General Board, Red Cross,
and other units in these mobilization activities.
There are additional records concerning preparation and maintenance of aircraft;
experimentation with various forms of ordnance, including torpedoes
and mines and illumination devices; the sale and salvage of naval vessels
following World War I; hygiene and sanitation on ships and at stations;
disposition of the dead; and the enlistment and discharge of naval personnel.
523. Cards Concerning Revolutionary War Service and Imprisonment.
n.d. 1 ft.
There are three sets of cards, each arranged alphabetically by surname of individual.
Entries are on 3- by 8-inch cards captioned "War of the Revolution Navy and Privateer Records." The first set is for officers, men, and a few passengers of captured American vessels who were taken to Forton Prison in England. The information was taken from the "Journal of Forton Prison." The information in the second set was taken from Senate Executive Document No. 11, 37th Congress, 2d session, which pertains to money due to those who served under John Paul Jones. The third set of cards is for persons sent to the Old Mill Prison in England. The information was taken from volume 19 (1865) of the New England Historical and Genealogical Register and Charles Herbert's A Relic of the Revolution (Boston, 1847). The information given varies but may include prisoner's name, rank, vessel, and nationality or state of residence. For those who were imprisoned, there is information concerning their capture and imprisonment and sometimes the circumstances of leaving prison. For the second set there is information concerning the amount of prize money due.
524. List of American Vessels Captured, 1776-83.
n.d. 3 in.
Arranged alphabetically by name of captured vessel.
The 3- by 5-inch card entries include names of vessels, dates of capture, and sometimes the character of vessel (for example warship, brig, privateer, or private property), locations to which the prisoners were taken, residences of the crew, and other information. The information appears to have been taken from both printed and manuscript sources that are identified on the cards.
525. Service Records for the War of 1812.
n.d. 3 ft.
These 3- by 8-inch cards contain information on the service of officers and enlisted men that was copied from muster rolls (blue cards) and from payrolls and occasionally receipt rolls (salmon cards). The information varies considerably but may include rank, vessel, or station to which assigned; date of entry into service; date of starting current assignment; and monthly pay rate (on payroll cards). There is a separate card for each roll on which a man's name appeared, but the compilation does not appear to have progressed very far, and there are seldom more than a few cards for an individual.
526. Service Records for Officers of the Volunteer Union Navy, 1861-65.
n.d. 8 ft.
Arranged alphabetically by surname of officer.
The information on these 3- by 8-inch cards appears to have been compiled from the "list of officers and clerks of vessels" (see entry 74). There is one card for each document from which the name was taken. The compilation work does not appear to have progressed very far, however, and there are few cards for an individual. It appears that information was collected from the lists of vessels for ships with names beginning with A-H. The information given varies but may include rank, vessel, location, commanding officer, date and state of birth, and other dates. The volume citation is also included.
527. Correspondence Concerning the Service of Officers and Enlisted Men
of the Confederate States Navy.
1902-29. 2 ft.
Arranged alphabetically by surname of officer or enlisted man. There is no correspondence for the letters A and B.
Many of the letters sent and received by the Superintendent of the
Library and Office of Naval War Records and, later,
the Officer in Charge of the Office of Naval Records and Library
concern veterans who were applying for pensions from southern state governments.
Some wrote directly to the Navy Department for information documenting their service;
others were represented by lawyers or Members of Congress.
Some requests were made by state pension agencies and by veterans organizations.
Frequently the records in which the requested information was found
are cited in the letters of response.
Records Relating to Donors
528. Register of Officers' Private Papers Received.
Apr.1883-Apr. 1890. 1 vol. 3/4 in.
Arranged alphabetically by surname of officer.
Entries give name and rank of officer, date of receipt, file number of transmittal letter, date and file number of letter of return if applicable, and a page number in an unidentified index volume.
529. "Briefing Book" for Letters to Officers Regarding Donations.
1889-92. 1 vol.
Arranged by surname of officer in rough order by rank. There is a name index.
Entries include names of officers and relatives and digests of letters and replies. There is no information for many of the officers.
530. Register of Correspondents Kept by Hardin B. Littlepage.
ca. 1889. 1 vol. 3/4 in.
Arranged alphabetically by initial letter of surname of correspondent.
Littlepage entered in the register the names and addresses of former Confederate naval officers, their families, and others whom he contacted for papers that could be donated or loaned for copying for publication in the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion (Washington, DC 1894-1922). He also briefly noted the responses he received and indicated dates and places of deaths of correspondents.
531. Register of Letters Received From Officers in Reply to a Circular of December 1, 1904.
1904-07. 1 in. 1 vol.
Arranged by surname of officer. There is a name index and a list of persons to whom circulars were sent. The circular requested donations of personal papers.
532. List of Private Letter Books and Other Personal Papers Loaned
and Later Transferred to the Office ("Ex-Loans").
ca. 1931. 7 in.
Arranged by name of officer to whom the letter book or personal papers originally belonged.
These 3- by 5-inch card entries usually include the name (and sometimes the address) of the donor, a description of the material, and the dates of the papers. Sometimes noted is the disposition of the material by the Office of Naval Records and Library; notations that the loaned material could not be found appear on some cards.
533. Lists of Donors of Private Papers.
n.d. 3 in.
The first list is arranged by type of donation (through the Navy Foundation or directly by naval officers or private individuals), and thereunder by title of series in which placed. The other list is arranged alphabetically by surname of donor.
These 3- by 5-inch cards provide the date on which the item was
transferred to the Office of Naval Records and Library and,
in the case of manuscripts, the designation under which it was filed
in the Area or Subject File (entries 500 and 503).
Records Relating to Publications
534. Congressional Documents, 1798-1824.
n.d. 4 ft. 30 vols.
Arranged in rough chronological order with gaps. There are subject indexes in some volumes.
The series consists principally of printed copies of reports and other documents submitted to the Congress by the Secretary of the Treasury and other Treasury Department officials, the Secretary of the Navy, the Secretary of War, the President, the Secretary of State, commissioners of the Navy Pension Fund, and other officials. There are annual reports and special reports concerning such subjects as impressment of American seamen in the British Navy, relations with and disbursements to Barbary States, naval contracts, sale and survey of public lands, collection of customs, tonnage of shipping, patents for inventions, receipts and disbursements of funds. These documents appear to have been used during the 1930s in connection with preparing documentary publications concerning the early American Navy such as Naval Documents Related to the Quasi-War Between the United States and France (1935-38) and Naval Documents Related to the United States Wars With the Barbary Powers (1939-44). There are some annotations indicating that few of the documents were selected for publication.
535. Registers of Records Relating to the Civil War, 1861-65.
1885-1908. 12 vols. 1 ft.
Arranged by type or source of record, such as "communications from stations" or "squadron reports." There is a printed index at the beginning of each volume.
These registers show records relating to the Civil War transferred to the Naval Records Office from the Office of the Secretary of the Navy for publication in the Official Records (see above). The registers show volume numbers and locations for each category of records.
536. Registers of Civil War Papers Received From Naval Officers or Their Heirs.
1885-1908. 2 vols. 2 in.
Arranged by officer's surname. There is an alphabetical index at the beginning of the first volume.
Registers contain notations as to what records were printed in Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion (see above), with remarks on verification of copied passages, parts of records copied, and suitability of records for copying, and with initials of various clerks engaged in compiling the Official Records.
537. Lists of Confederate Documents, 1861-65.
Jan. 15, 1892-Nov. 25, 1908. 7 vols. 3 in.
Arranged for the most part by collection and thereunder chronologically.
The first volume describes personal papers of Confederate officers. The second volume describes naval records in the War Department's Collection of Confederate Records. The remaining volumes describe records in Navy Department collections. Entries give descriptions and dates of specific documents for publication in the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion (see above).
538. Register of Congressional Designees, Navy and Marine Corps Officers,
and Other Private Individuals Receiving Copies of Volumes 1-14, Series 1,
of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion
1894. 4 vols. 1 ft.
Arranged by class of correspondent and thereunder alphabetically. Names of members of Congress are arranged by state.
Entries provide the name and post office address of the recipient, the numbers of the volumes sent, and the number of copies of each volume number sent; a few entries for later numbered volumes are included.
539. Lists of Corrections Made to the Text and Indexes of Volumes 1-10 and 14-18,
Series 1, of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies
in the War of the Rebellion. (See above).
ca. 1894-1904. 4 in.
540. Correspondence Relating to the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service and
U.S. Coast Survey, 1860-65.
1903-Aug. 7, 1905. 3 vols. 2 in.
One volume has press copies; the second has carbon copies of the same letters pertaining to the Revenue Cutter Service. The third volume contains typed copies pertaining to the Coast Survey. Each volume is arranged chronologically with name and subject indexes.
In the press copy volume is a note that says that copies of this correspondence were sent to the Department of the Interior on August 7, 1905. Most of the correspondence is between the Secretary of the Treasury and the Secretary of the Navy and concerns the transfer of Revenue Service vessels to the Navy during the Civil War and relations between Revenue Service vessels and naval vessels forming the blockade off the Virginia coast.
The volume for the Coast Survey contains lists of officers and vessels of the Coast Survey that served with the Navy during the Civil War, extracts from annual reports of the Survey, and copies and extracts of letters and reports chiefly from commanders of squadrons commending the services rendered by the Coast Survey. The volume was prepared by the Coast and Geodetic Survey, then in the Treasury Department, and presented to the Navy Department in 1903.
In 1914 the Office of Naval Records and Library published the information in these volumes in Correspondence of the Cooperation of the Navy with the Revenue Cutter Service and Coast Survey. This publication was approved by the Pension Office in 1914. It was probably used for pension regulations about Civil War service in the Revenue Cutter Service and Coast Survey.
541. Catalog of Bound Volumes in the Naval Records Collection.
ca. 1924. 6 ft.
Arranged in three subseries. The first is arranged chronologically by beginning date of volume. The second is arranged by class according to a system devised by the Office of Naval Records and Library, in which logs and journals were cataloged under class 1 and volumes containing muster rolls, payrolls, and records pertaining to personnel were placed under class 2. The third subseries is arranged according to series title assigned by the Office of Naval Records and Library.
The 3- by 5-inch card entries include date of volume and a citation of the series to which it belongs. Some of the entries in the first subseries are stamped "microfilmed," a notation that may have been added in 1943, when the Navy Department microfilmed for security purposes some of the records in the collection for the period 1807-86. The card entries for the second subseries frequently include the number of the class to which the volume was assigned, the name of the donor and the date received by the office, and sometimes the date on which the volume was returned to its owner.
542. Register of Vessels Acquired by the U.S. and Confederate Navies, 1861-65.
n.d. 3 vols. 9 in.
Arranged by U.S. or Confederate Navy and thereunder alphabetically by name of vessel. There are indexes to names of vessels in the volumes. There are remarks concerning repairs as late as 1889.
Entries include such information as class, rate, type of construction, propulsion, speed, draft, number of engines and boilers, type of guns, length, beam, depth, tonnage, circumstances of acquisition and disposal, name of builder, place where built, cost, date of commission, previous name, and repairs. The entries for Union vessels are more nearly complete than those for Confederate vessels. For Confederate vessels there is also a section concerning prize vessels like that for Union prizes described in entry 539. The information in these volumes was gathered during the preparation of the lists of and statistical data on U.S. and Confederate vessels for inclusion in the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion (see above).
543. Register of Prize Vessels Captured by the U.S. Navy During the Civil War.
n.d. 3 in. 1 vol.
Entries are arranged alphabetically by name of vessel. There is an index to names of vessels.
Entries include information concerning the rigging, tonnage, construction, draft, speed, number of engines and boilers, type of propulsion, length, depth, tons of coal carried, cargo, nationality, name of capturing vessel, place and time of capture, and distribution of the prize money. For many vessels none of this information has been entered, and for others only a small part has been recorded. The information was used in preparing lists of and statistical data on U.S. and Confederate vessels for inclusion in the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion (see above). A similar register for Confederate prizes is in one of the volumes described in entry 539.
544. List of Geographical Place Names Cited in the Official Records of
the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion (see above).
n.d. 1 vol. 2 in.
Given for each place are its location and the source of this information. Also in the volume is a register of captured Confederate vessels.
545. Distribution List for the Official Records of the Union and
Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion (see above)..
n.d. 2 ft.
Arranged alphabetically by surname or title of recipient.
546. List of the Manuscripts for the Period 1782-1864 Found in
Classes "1," "2," and "3," of the Naval Records Collection of the
Office of Naval Records and Library.
n.d. 1 in.
Arranged numerically by class.
The 3- by 5-inch card entries include brief descriptions of
the manuscripts and their dates. Class 1 refers to logs,
Class 2 refers to miscellaneous records, and Class 3 refers to operational records.
547. List of Nathaniel Shaw Papers.
n.d. 1 in.
Typewritten list of the records described in entry 548, arranged in the same order as the records.
548. Selected Papers of Nathaniel Shaw, 1775-82.
ca. 1930. 12 rolls microfilm.
Arranged in rough order by type of record, and thereunder chronologically.
Included are letters received, letters sent, bills for supplies and work performed, receipts for prize money, lists of seamen, and depositions pertaining to prize case proceedings. Shaw was a New London merchant and Continental agent during the Revolution. Correspondents included other merchants, Continental and state officials, and military and naval officers including the Continental Marine Committee, Board of Admiralty, Continental agents, Continental Navy Board at Boston, Robert Morris, and Esek Hopkins. The records relate to such subjects as shipment and sale of goods, procurement of military and naval supplies, British Army and Navy operations, equipment of American warships and privateers, activities of American privateers, prize cases, and preparations for the Penobscot expedition (see entry 556). There are some records of Thomas Shaw, Nathaniel's brother, particularly after Nathaniel's death in 1782 when Thomas served as executor of his estate. These records consist of microfilm made about 1930 from originals in the Yale University Library.
549. Letters Received by the Committee of Safety of the
Massachusetts Provincial Congress, March-May 1775.
Dec. 1, 1914. 1 vol. 1/2 in.
Arranged chronologically. At the beginning of the volume is a list of cities and towns from which letters were received.
These negative photostats were made in December 1914 from the original volume in the Massachusetts Revolutionary Archives. There are letters from select men and committees of Massachusetts towns, the Rhode Island Legislature, and such prominent individuals as John Hancock and Timothy Pickering, primarily concerning requests for troops, boats, and supplies for protection against the British and persons recommended for military appointments.
550. Correspondence of Esek Hopkins, Commander in Chief of the
Continental Navy, Oct. 1775-Oct. 1777.
n.d. 3 vols. 3 in.
The first two volumes are divided into letters received, letters sent, and miscellaneous papers. Thereunder they are arranged for the most part chronologically. A typed name and subject index in the first volume covers both volumes. The third volume, arranged for the most part chronologically, contains letters, reports, and orders sent that overlap with and partially duplicate those in the second volume. It also has a typed name and subject index.
The photostatic copies made from originals in the Rhode Island Historical Society. Included is correspondence with the Continental Congress, state governors, commanders of Continental vessels, and other naval officers. The miscellaneous papers include accounts, naval signals, and court-martial proceedings.
551. Journal of the Privy Council of Virginia, July-Dec. 1776
("Virginia Journal of the General Assembly").
ca. 1914-ca. 1915. 1 vol. 2 in.
Arranged chronologically. There are missing pages throughout the volume.
The photostatic copy was prepared about 1914-15 and consists of daily entries documenting the daily proceedings of the Privy Council, also known as the Council of State. Actions of the council were principally orders that warrants be issued for pay of military and naval personnel and that military and naval supplies be purchased. There are a few copies of instructions to military and naval officers and receipts for issuances of permits to persons and vessels for the export of goods.
552. Minutes of the Massachusetts Board of War, Nov. 1776-July 1781.
ca. 1914-ca. 1915. 5 vols. 8 in.
Arranged chronologically. There are name indexes in the first four volumes.
The photostatic copies, prepared during 1914-15, document daily proceedings of the board and consist mainly of orders issued by the board concerning purchases and delivery of military supplies, orders that accounts be paid, and orders that specify the rates of pay of carpenters, blacksmiths, armorers, and other artisans.
553. Summaries of Prize Cases Brought in the Massachusetts Middle District Maritime Court, Jan. 1777-Apr. 1780.
1915. 1 vol. 2 in.
Arranged chronologically. Name index to vessels in middle of volume.
The series consists of summaries of cases brought by owners, officers, and crews of vessels that captured prize vessels and cargo belonging to subjects of Great Britain. The summaries include the following information: the date on which the "libel" or grievance was brought, the name of the plaintiffs and the nature of their grievance, the relief being sought (usually the condemnation and sale of the prize vessel or cargo), the verdict of the jury, and the decree granted by the judge.
These summaries were copied in April 1915 from volume 159 of the Maritime Manuscripts (Prize Cases) in the Massachusetts Revolutionary Archives at the Boston State House. No summaries are included for the year 1778.
554. Order Book of Josiah Fletcher, Adjutant of Col. John Jacobs
First Massachusetts State Foot Regiment ("Cavendish Regiment"), May-Dec. 1778.
ca. 1914-ca. 1915. 1 in. 1 vol.
Arranged in two sections by type of record and thereunder for the most part chronologically.
This photostatic copy was made about 1914-15 from an original at one time in the custody of the Redwood Library of Newport, RI. The first and main part of the volume consists of general, brigade, and regimental orders issued during the period May-December 1778 at various locations in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. They relate to troop movements, erection of gun batteries, patrols by American "watch boats," appointment of officers of the day, and the issuance of supplies. The second part of the volume contains mainly regimental returns for the period May-December 1778, which include the names of officers and men in each company.
555. Lists of Prize Shares of Seamen Who Served on the
BonHomme Richard, Pallas, and Vengeance in 1779.
n.d. 1 vol. 1 in.
There are two lists. One is for Americans and persons of various nationalities who served on the Bonhomme Richard and some of those who served on the other two vessels. It is arranged by vessel and thereunder by rank. The second is only for French seamen who served on the Bonhomme Richard; it is arranged by rank. There is a typed name index.
The photostatic copies were made from manuscript copies in the Library of Congress signed by John Paul Jones, who attested that he had the originals. The lists, written in French in 1785, indicate the amount of prize money due each officer and crew member.
556. Massachusetts Records Pertaining to the Penobscot Expedition, July-December 1779.
Feb. 1915. 1 vol. 2 in.
Arranged in three parts by type of record and thereunder for the most part chronologically.
This photostatic copy of a volume of the Massachusetts Revolutionary Archives, made in February 1915, consists, mainly of "Orders of Council respecting the Penobscot Expedition," July 1-August 26, 1779; copies of general orders certified by the expedition's adjutant general, Jeremiah Hill, July 21-August 13, 1779; and depositions of participating military and naval officers concerning the military and naval operations made before a court of inquiry into the causes of the failure of the expedition against British forces in Maine. Among the depositions are those of Capt. Dudley Saltonstall of the Continental Navy and Lt. Col. Paul Revere, in charge of the expedition's artillery.
557. Letters Sent by Robert Morris as Agent of Marine, 1781-84.
n.d. 2 vols. 4 in.
Arranged chronologically. There is a typewritten name and subject index in each volume and an introduction prepared by the Office of Naval Records and Library in the first volume.
These are photostatic copies from originals at the U.S. Naval Academy. During the period covered by these letters Morris was both Agent of Marine and Superintendent of Finance; but the letters relate primarily to his duties as Agent of Marine, such as fitting out of ships, settling claims and accounts, selling ships too expensive to operate during peacetime, and raising money to support the Navy. Addressees include Navy agents, shipbuilders, merchants, tax receivers, state governors, U.S. ministers and consuls to foreign countries, and foreign bankers.
558. Chart of U.S. Movements in the Mediterranean, 1804-5.
n.d. 4 items.
These are manuscript and photostatic copies of a chart showing movements
of U.S. naval ships in the Mediterranean, September 1804-May 1805
given to the Office of Naval Records and Library by the Library of Congress
in August 1939.
War Department Records
559. Letters Sent by the War Department Relating to Naval Matters.
Jan. 3, 1794-June 14, 1798. 1 vol. 3 in.
Arranged chronologically. The volume contains a manuscript name and subject index prepared contemporaneously with the records and a typewritten name and subject index prepared by the Office of Naval Records and Library. There are a few letters dated earlier than 1794.
Included are letters from the Secretary of War to Navy agents, naval constructors, superintendents (captains) of frigates being constructed, the Secretary of the Treasury, other officials, and others concerning such subjects as designs and models for frigates, constructing and equipping them, procurement of labor and equipment, estimates of cost, and selection and appointment of officials. These letters have been reproduced as NARA Microfilm Publication M739, Letters Sent by the War Department Relating to Naval Matters, January 3, 1794-June 14, 1798. For other letters sent by the Secretary of War concerning naval matters, see entries 4 and 535.
560. Ledger of Accounts for Supplies and Equipment at Navy Yards.
Dec. 1794-Mar. 1800. 1 vol. 2 in.
Arranged by type of account.
Some of the accounts show the amounts and kinds of supplies and equipment received and issued for individual clerks and constructors at the navy yards at Portsmouth (NH), Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Portsmouth (VA). There are also "General Accounts of Naval Stores," arranged alphabetically by initial letter of item being accounted for.
561. Returns for Supplies Issued and Received at Navy Yards.
Dec. 31, 1794-Jan. 20, 1801. 1 in. 1 vol.
The monthly statements identify the recipient and the issuer, quantities and types of supplies or equipment issued, and the dates of transactions.
562. Letters Sent by the War Department to Superintendent of Military Stores
Samuel Hodgon and Military Storekeeper John Harris Concerning Naval Supplies and Equipment.
May 13, 1795-July 26, 1798. 1 vol. 1 in.
Arranged chronologically. The volume contains a typewritten name and subject index and a chronologically arranged register prepared by the Office of Naval Records and Library.
Most of the letters sent by Secretaries of War Timothy Pickering and James McHenry gave orders to deliver sheet copper, lead, cloth, nails, guns, and uniform clothing for the Marine guard and other items to the yards at which frigates were under construction.
563. Register of Estimated Requirements for Military Supplies.
Jan. 1796-Feb. 1805. 1 vol. 1 1/4 in.
Arranged chronologically. Indexed.
The register was kept by Samuel Hodgdon and William Irvine at the U.S. Arsenal, Philadelphia.
564. Receipt Book of John Harris, Storekeeper of Military Supplies, Philadelphia.
Aug. 1796-Apr. 1799. 4 vols. 5 in.
The volumes contain autograph signatures of persons receiving supplies.
565. Daybook of Military and Naval Supplies Received and Delivered at Philadelphia.
Jan. 1797-May 1801. 1 vol. 3 in.
566. Ledger of Military and Naval Supplies Received and Delivered at
Philadelphia and of Clothing Received.
Jan. 1797-May 1801 and Jan. 1826-Sept. 1831. 1 vol. 2 in.
Arranged by types of supplies.
567. Letters Sent by the Office of the Purveyor of Public Supplies.
May 1800-June1802. 1 vol. 2 in.
Arranged chronologically. There is a name index in the back of the volume.
568. Summaries and Copies of Orders Received by the Office of the
Purveyor of Public Supplies ("Memorandum Book").
Jan. 1801-May 1808. 1 vol. 1 in.
569. Receipt Book of Robert Jones, Storekeeper of Military Supplies.
May 1801-Feb. 1802. 1 vol. 1 in.
570. Register of Receipts and Disbursements of Powder for Military and Naval Use.
July 1805-June 1814. 1 vol. 3/4 in.
Arranged in two parts. One side of the volume ("Military Side")
was used by the Military Storekeeper at Philadelphia;
the other ("Naval Side"), by the Naval Storekeeper at Philadelphia.
Treasury Department Records
571. Registers of Pay Officers Who Executed Bonds.
Mar. 1809-Oct. 1865. 2 vols. 3 in.
The first volume, started by the Second Comptroller and transferred to the Fourth Auditor in 1854, covers the period March 1809-October 1865 and is arranged alphabetically by initial letter of surname and thereunder chronologically. The second volume, which partially duplicates the first, covers the period July 1861-October 1865 and is arranged by initial letter of surname, thereunder by rank, and thereunder chronologically.
Entries in both volumes include date of bond, name of officer, office or rank (purser, naval storekeeper, navy agent, navy pension agent, or Navy or Marine Corps paymaster or assistant paymaster), names of sureties, and the amount of the bond.
572. Notes on Fiscal Matters Affecting the Navy.
ca. 1850-ca. 1864. 2 vols. 3 in.
Arranged by subject. There are name and subject indexes in the volumes. Included are references to documents dated as early as 1819.
This compilation by two clerks in the Second Comptroller's Office apparently was used for reference when reviewing accounts. It includes extracts of and references to official correspondence; notes on decisions made by the Second Comptroller, acts of Congress, and Navy regulations; and copies of office rules. Among the subjects dealt with are pensions, pension agents, teamsters, retained pay, servants, furloughs, bounties, recruits, and the Mexican War.
573. Register of Letters Sent From the Warrant Desk.
July 1, 1853-Dec. 1861. 1 vol. 1 in.
Entries include the date of the letter, addressee, sometimes address,
and a brief summary of its content. Money appropriated for the
Navy Department was disbursed by warrant from the Secretary of the Treasury
to the Treasurer.
State Department Records
574. Indexes to Correspondence Concerning Applications For Letters of Marque, 1812-15.
n.d. 1 vol. 1 in.
Arranged by type of index.
The volume contains an index arranged alphabetically by state, an index to initial letter of names of vessels and an index to initial letters of names of owners, masters, and others named in the first five volumes of correspondence described in entry 575. The index does not appear to be complete.
575. Correspondence Concerning Applications Received by Customs Collectors
for Letters of Marque and Reprisal.
1812-15. 6 vols. 2 ft.
Divided into three groupings, two of which are arranged for the most part in rough alphabetical order by name of customs district. The third, which may consist of letters missed in the original binding, has no alphabetical sequence, but most letters for one district are together.
The first alphabetical grouping (two volumes) consists chiefly of letters from applicants and abstracts of commissions issued. The second grouping includes letters from the collectors to the Secretary of State referring applications that they were not authorized to approve, transmitting abstracts, reporting that no commissions had been issued, and requesting blank forms. There are some copies of letters sent by the Secretary to the collectors. The last volume has the same kinds of documents as the first five.
576. Lists of Enemy Aliens, New York City.
Mar.-July 1813. 1 vol. 1/2 in
There are two lists: one is arranged alphabetically by initial letter of surname, and thereunder chronologically; the other is arranged chronologically. The year is not stated, but it seems probable that they were prepared in 1813.
The first list is identified as being of alien enemies reported by the U.S. marshal at New York City. Entries give permit number, name of alien, height, complexion, color of hair and eyes, place of residence, occupation, date, and name of person recommending the alien. The second list is of enemy aliens removed from New York City. Entries give name; height and age; color of skin, eyes, and hair; date removed; and place to which transferred. This volume may originally have been part of the "War of 1812 Papers" of the Department of State.
577. Register of Persons Considered for Removal From the Atlantic Coast.
May-July 1813. 1 vol. 1/4 in.
Arranged alphabetically by initial letter of surname and thereunder chronologically by date of order.
A note on the front cover states that the volume lists persons
"whose requests for indulgence were granted or rejected.
They were not suspects but persons who were removed from the
coast because of their nativity, etc." If the indulgence was rejected,
the person had to leave the Atlantic coast. If it was granted,
sometimes he could remain where he was. At other times he had to move some distance.
There is no indication of who issued the orders or compiled the register.
Entries give persons name and residence, notation of action taken on
indulgence, date of order, place to which removed if applicable, and remarks,
which usually include reason for removal or granting of indulgence.
The volume may originally have been part of the "War of 1812 Papers" of
the Department of State.
578. Rough Draft of a Biography of Adm. Sir George Byng for the Period 1691-1702.
n.d. 1 vol. 1 in.
This draft of unknown authorship is an incomplete biography of George Byng (later Viscount Torrington) that was received by the Navy Department Library on August 22, 1889. It covers the period during which Byng served as a captain in the British Navy under Adm. Edward Russell.
579. "Collection of Autographs, Letters, and Miscellany Pertaining to
the British Navy, 1719-1849."
n.d. 1 vol. 4 in.
Arranged in rough chronological order with gaps. There is a typewritten name index.
This volume, resembling a scrapbook, was presented to the Navy Department Library in 1898. It is composed of letters and other documents signed by personnel of the British Navy and Admiralty that were collected for their signatures rather than for their subject content.
580. Newspapers, 1733-1936.
n.d. 8 in.
Divided into four groups: English and Irish newspapers, 1733-1811; U.S. newspapers, 1773 and 1800-50; U.S. newspapers, 1855-1936; and mostly Pacific Ocean newspapers, 1869-99.
These newspapers, most of which contain articles on important national or international events involving or having an effect on the U.S. Navy, were presented to the Office of Naval Records and Library by naval officers. The largest group is the English and Irish newspapers, which includes copies of the Dublin Journal, the St. James Chronicle, the London Packet, and the Hibernian Journal. Other newspapers include the Washington Evening Star, the National Intelligence, Harpers Weekly, the Fiji Times, Freedom (Manila), and the Hong Kong Telegraph.
581. Logs of British Vessels.
Dec. 1775-Mar. 1899. 25 vols. 2 ft.
Arranged chronologically by earliest date of log or logs for a vessel. Individual logs are arranged chronologically.
Included are original logs and copies of logs or parts of logs for HMS Liverpool, 1775-76; Roebuck, 1776; Fowey, 1776; Orpheus, 1776; Kingfisher, 1776; Ceres, 1797-98; Calypso, 1799-1800; Furieuse, 1812; Duke of Montrose, 1813; Wolfe, 1813; Magicienne, 1817-19; Surprise, 1817-19; Pevensey, 1864; Sophia, 1862; Lucilene, 1893-98; and the Arctic voyages of Capt. William Scoresby, Sr., 1786-1822. They primarily give data on weather conditions, wind direction, course steered, and speed of ship. The Scoresby logs were kept during 14 voyages to the Arctic around Spitsbergen and Greenland.
582. Copies of Selkirk Family Correspondence and Other Records
Concerning Raid of John Paul Jones on St. Mary's Isle, Scotland, 1778-1791.
1904-5. 1 vol. 1 in.
Arranged for the most part chronologically, with gaps. There is a table of contents.
These typewritten copies were received by the Secretary of the Navy in 1905 from a naval attaché in London, who in turn had received them from Capt. John Hope, grandson of the Earl of Selkirk. They consists chiefly of correspondence of Earl and Lady Selkirk with each other, relatives, the British Postmaster General, and John Paul Jones. They relate to Jones's raids on St. Mary's Isle and on Whitehaven, England, on April 23, 1778, and the battle between the Ranger and the British warship Drake the next day. There are also copies of contemporary newspaper accounts of Jones's activities, an inventory of plate taken from the Selkirk home, and extracts from the log of the Ranger, April 23-May 8, 1778. At the beginning of the volume are Navy Department correspondence concerning the acquisition of these records and notes concerning the genealogy of the Selkirk family and the identity of correspondents.
583. Letters Sent by the British Navy Board.
Nov. 23, 1784-June 15,1790. 1 vol. 2 in.
This letter book, presented to the Navy Department in 1904, contains letters sent on behalf of the Navy Board (Commissioners of the Navy) by the board' secretary to pursers, carpenters, naval storekeepers, clerks of navy yards and of officers, naval officers, collectors of customs, merchants, and other private individuals. Most of the letters concern the payment of wages and bounties, settlement of accounts by naval personnel, requests for leave and transfers, and the procurement of supplies for naval installations.
584. Documents ("Pieces Justificatives") Pertaining to the Service of
John Paul Jones in the Russian Navy, 1788-89.
n.d. 1 vol. 1 in.
Arranged for the most part chronologically and numbered in sequence.
These negative photostats of documents written in French appear to have been part of Jones's journal of his Russian service. They consists mainly of copies and abstracts of correspondence between Jones, Prince Potemkin, Prince Nassau-Siegen, and Russian military and naval officers concerning Jones's service as a Russian rear admiral of a Black Sea command during the war between Russia and Turkey in 1788. Also included are copies of orders issued to Jones and sworn declarations concerning his conduct made by naval officers serving under him. The copies were made for the Navy Department Library from papers loaned by Charles T. Gallagher and later deposited in the library of the Masonic Temple in Boston.
585. Orders and Other Records of Capt. Frank Sotheron of the Royal Navy.
Mar. 6, 1793-Jan. 1824. 4 vols. 4 in.
Arranged by time period, and thereunder by type of record.
These volumes were received by the Navy Department in 1888. There are two volumes of orders covering 1793-97 and 1797-99, respectively. In the order books, incoming orders start at the beginning of the volume and continue toward the middle. Orders issued by Captain Sotheron start at the last page of the volume and continue toward the middle of the volume, upside down. Most of the incoming orders were from his squadron commander. There is an account book listing expenses and monies paid. There are also sailing directions compiled by various British naval officers addressed to Captain Sotheron. The directions and soundings are for Monaco, the coast of Italy and the islands of Sicily and Sardinia, 1806.
Captain Sotheron's ship mistakenly fired on the American ship Aurora during the Quasi-War with France.
586. Customs Clearance Permit Issued at Antigua, British West Indies,
for the Schooner Dolphin.
Mar. 4, 1796. 1 item.
This permit was acquired from the Bureau of Supplies and Accounts historical collection at the library of the Naval Supply Command in 1969.
587. Records Concerning Prize Case of Horatio Lord Nelson.
1801-2. 1 vol. 1 in.
Arranged by type of document. There is a typed table of contents.
Included are a brief for the plaintiff; memorials of Lord Keith, the Earl of St. Vincent, and Nelson; opinions handed down in the case; and supplementary documents containing notes and summaries. Nelson brought the case against Prize Agent Benjamin Tucker to obtain the senior officer's proceeds of the Spanish prizes El Thetis and Santa Brigida. Conflicting claims were made by the Earl of St. Vincent and Lord Keith.
588. Registers of American and French Prisoners of War Held by the British
at Halifax, Barbados, and Jamaica.
Nov. 1805-Mar. 1815. 3 vols. 4 in.
Entries are arranged by location and thereunder by date of imprisonment and numbered in order.
These registers were presented to the Navy Department Library in 1904. For Halifax for the period before the War of 1812, there are entries for French prisoners taken from French prizes. Only American prisoners during the War of 1812 are entered in the registers for Barbados and Jamaica. Entries include number of prisoner, ship by which captured, date and location of capture, name and type of prize vessel, name of prisoner, rank, date and vessel from which received, and information concerning circumstances of leaving prison (death, discharge, exchange, or escape).
589. Notebook of Heinrich Christian Schumacher.
ca. 1809-ca. 1811. 1 vol. 1 in.
Arranged by type of information.
The volume, copied in French and German, contains excerpts from publications and summaries of Professor Schumacher's readings about mathematics and astronomy. The German mathematician and astronomy professor gave the volume to one of his students, a Dr. Sonntag, who accompanied Dr. Elisha Kane as an astronomer on the Arctic expedition of 1853-55. Sonntag made notes in the volume on thermometer and barometer readings taken in the Arctic. It was presented to the Navy Department Library by Dr. H. C. Yarrow in March 1903.
590. Copy of Register of U.S. Prisoners of War Held at Quebec, 1813-15.
1923. 1 vol. 2 in.
Arranged chronologically by date of imprisonment and numbered in order.
This typewritten copy was prepared from the original in the National Archives of Canada. The copying was done under the auspices of the National Society of United States Daughters of 1812, and the volume was presented to the Office of Naval Records and Library in 1923. It is similar in content to the registers described in entry 587, but it also includes information concerning the prisoners' place of birth, age, height, weight, complexion, color of hair and eyes, distinguishing marks or wounds, and supplies and clothing furnished.
591. War of 1812 British Naval Manuscripts Copied for Capt. Alfred T. Mahan.
n.d. 6 vols. 1 ft.
Arranged in rough order by a combination of subject and chronology, with gaps. There is a table of contents in each volume.
These manuscripts (except possibly the Canadian volume) were presented to the Navy Department Library by Captain Mahan in September 1905. Apparently those in five volumes were copied from originals in the British Public Record Office and in the other, in the Canadian National Archives. Included are letters, reports, orders, proceedings of courts-martial, and other records relating mostly to the war of 1812, particularly the British expedition against New Orleans and courts-martial held on British vessels on Lake Erie and Lake Champlain.
592. Scientific Journal of Sir William Burroughs.
Apr. 1816-Oct. 1818. 1 vol. 3/4 in.
Arranged for the most part chronologically. This journal of Burroughs, a judge of the Supreme Court of Bengal, consists of his notes on astronomical observations, experimentations, and calculations. It was presented to the Hartwell Library in March 1857 by Adm. Smyth Lee and was later given to the Navy Department Library.
593. Miscellaneous Records.
1831-1915. 2 vols. 6 in.
There are reports in French on chain devices to prevent recoil of capstan developed in the French Navy, 1831 (1 vol.); an English translation of an excerpt on "public international maritime law" from the Marine Almanach of Poland, 1900 (1 vol.); and target reports and instructions in German for uses of various mechanisms on the Austrian battleship Zrinyi, 1911-15.
594. Logs of the German Merchant Vessel Rhaetia.
1882-98. 22 vols. 1 ft.
Arranged by type of log and thereunder chronologically.
There are an engine log, April 1883-May 1884; navigation and engine logs, May 1889-May 1898, with gaps; and a volume ("Dampfkessel-Concessions-Urkunde"), in which is recorded data on engine boilers, 1882-92. Sometimes there are rough logs that cover the same time periods as the final logs. The Rhaetia was purchased by the U.S. Navy in 1898 and became the USS Cassius, which was later sold to the Army to become the transport Sumner.
595. Report on Results of Danish Tests of Armor Plated Target.
Apr. 30, 1883. 1 vol. 1/2 in.
There is a table of contents.
English translation of a report on tests conducted by the Ordnance Select Committee on the island of Amager, March 16-20, 1883. It consists of a narrative description of the tests, tables, and drawings. It was sent to State Department by the U.S. Consulate at Copenhagen in May and received by the Navy Department Library in August 1883.
596. Combined Crew Lists and Cruising Reports of Spanish Commercial Vessels.
1887-98. 10 vols. 8 in.
Arranged by name of vessel. There are lists and reports written in Spanish for the Ventura, 1887-98; Paz, 1891-98; Isabel, 1892-98; Dichosa, 1894-98; Guadalupe, 1894-98; Julia, 1896-98; Paquete de Arecibo, 1896-98; Joven Clara, 1897-98; Beatriz, 1897-98; and Aquidillana, 1897-98. Most of the vessels were of Puerto Rican registry.
Each volume is divided into two parts. The entries in the first part, which is the crew list, include enlistee's name, place of birth, age, nature of services, date of enlistment, and date of landing after each cruise. The entries in the second part, the cruising report, usually include dates of arrival and departure of the vessel at each port entered. Port officials often stamped the reports.
597. Compilation of Acts, Decisions, Orders, and Circular Letters
of the Augustinian Province of San Nicolas de Tolentino, Philippine Islands.
Aug. 1887-May 1897. 1 vol. 1 in.
This volume, written in Spanish, was transferred to the Office of Naval Records and Library in 1926.
598. Logs of the Spanish Naval Cruiser Cristobal Colon.
Jun. 13, 1897-July 3, 1898. 2 vols. 3 in.
Arranged chronologically. One volume has entries for even days; the other, for odd days.
The ship was on a voyage from Genoa to Cuba. The Cristobal Colon was destroyed in the Battle of Santiago, July 3, 1898.
599. Log of the Spanish Naval Transport Manila.
July 11, 1897-Apr. 25, 1898. 1 vol. 2 in.
The Manila was captured at Cavite on May 1, 1898.
600. Legal and Fiscal Records of the Provincial Government at Puerto Princesa,
Dec. 1898-Apr. 1901. 7 vols. 7 in.
Arranged by type of record and thereunder chronologically.
Puerto Princesa was the seat of the government for the province of Paragua (now Palawan) and later Calamiane and Paragua. The records include proceedings, December 1898-October 1900; acts, official letters, and circulars, May 1899-March 1901; and a cashbook, registers, a census of taxpayers, and a list concerning receipts and disbursements, July 1899-April 1901. The records, all in Spanish, are for the period just after the United States took possession of the Philippine Islands from Spain.
601. Deck Log of the German Merchant Vessel Nicaria.
Jan. 28, 1907-Jan. 19, 1908. 1 vol. 1 in.
The Nicaria was seized by the U.S. Government at Southport, NC, on May 8, 1917. It was transferred to the Navy the following month and commissioned as the Pensacola on October 8, 1917. This log was found behind an old desk on the Pensacola in December 1924. For other logs of seized vessels, see entry 296.
602. Excerpts From the War Diary of the German Submarine U-20, Apr. 30-May 13, 1915.
1924. 1 vol. 1/2 in.
These are photostatic copies of pages of the original log in the War Archives
of the German Navy and an English translation that were presented to the
Office of Naval Records and Library in 1924. Included are a few copies of maps.
The U-20 attacked and sank the Lusitania on May 7, 1915.
603. Letter books of U.S. Naval Officers, March 1778-July 1908.
1798-1930. 437 vols. 47 ft.
Arranged by officer or by command, ship, or station in chronological order by date of earliest letter. Thereunder for the most part arranged chronologically, but sometimes there is first a breakdown by type of record or class of correspondent.
This series contains collections of originals and fair, press, and typewritten copies and also some photostatic copies of letters sent and received by naval officers of all ranks and a small number of Marine Corps officers. Included are some general orders and other directives issued and received by these officers. Many of the letter books were received from the officers themselves or members of their families. Some were donated by officers who purchased them from private dealers, and some were reproduced from letters in private and public collections.
Some of the letters, particularly those exchanged with the Secretary of the Navy and the chiefs of bureaus, relate to administrative and logistical matters such as orders, transfers, promotions, retirements, appointments to boards, pay, leave, and supplies, equipment, repairs, fuel, and crews for vessels. Some letters to the Secretary by officers commanding squadrons fill gaps in the letters described in entry 48 and other series in this record group. The letters to officials of the civil and military branches of foreign governments as well as with U.S. consular and diplomatic representatives in foreign nations and the Secretary of the Navy frequently discuss relations with other countries. Some of the letters are semiofficial, such as operational reports from commanding officers of ships to their squadron commanders. There is a particularly large number of such letters for the Civil War period, some of which were selected for possible inclusion in the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion (Washington, DC : 1894-1922). Letters sent and received by naval officers during, before, and following exploring expeditions are also part of this series. Also included are letters of a more personal nature to family members, friends within and outside the Navy, and public officials. For example, Lt. Cmdr. C. R. Perry Rodgers' letter book includes correspondence exchanged with James Fenimore Cooper about writing naval history.
An alphabetical and chronological list of names of officers' letter books giving years covered and subseries number is in Appendix N.
604. Letter Book of Chief Naval Constructor Samuels Humphries.
Feb. 1838-Sept. 1838. 1 vol. 1 in.
Divided into correspondence and minutes of the Board of Navy Commissioners maintained by Humphries. The correspondence is in rough chronological order; the minutes are arranged chronologically.
Most of the correspondence is with other naval constructors. For more complete records, see the journal of the board (entry 309) and the correspondence described in entries 315 and 322.
605. Copies of Records Relating to an Appeal in the Case of
Como. Edwin W. Moore, Texas Navy.
1843. 1 vol. 1 in.
There is a typewritten name and subject index.
The records consist primarily of a photostatic copy of the 203-page appeal made by Moore at Galveston. The original was in the possession of the University of Texas in 1935 when this copy was made. Included with the appeal are copies of letters exchanged between Moore, commanding the Texas Navy, and the Texas Department of War and Navy; correspondence of Moore with officials of Yucatan; and letters and proclamations of President Sam Houston. Moore was charged with treason against the Texas Government and with illegal receipt of money from the Government of Yucatan.
606. Records of Lts. Thornton A. Jenkins and Richard Bache Relating
to European Lighthouses.
June 2, 1845-Jan. 1846. 1 vol. 1 in.
Arranged for the most part by country.
Jenkins and Bache were detailed to inspect lighthouses in Europe and report their findings to the Secretary of the Treasury. Included are copies of the instructions of the Secretary of the Treasury, a letter of introduction from the Secretary of State, correspondence with officials in charge of lighthouses, completed questionnaires, tables, pamphlets, and illustrations. The volume was presented to the Navy Department Library by Rear Adm. Thornton A. Jenkins.
607. Press Copies of Letters Sent by Gordon M. Newton.
Sept. 2, 1858-Aug. 23, 1866. 1 vol. 3/4 in.
Arranged chronologically. There is a partial subject index.
The writer appears to have been a merchant in New York City.
Most of the letters are dated 1859-60 and they are addressed to
C. P. Knapp at Pensacola. They concern shipments of timber to New York,
the demand in that city for certain types of timber and the asking prices,
and shipments of other cargo from Newton to Knapp.
There are no letters addressed to Knapp after October 1860.
This volume was once part of the papers of Capt. Ebenezer Farrand,
Confederate States Navy.
Logs, Journals, and Related Records
608. Logs and Journals Kept by U.S. Naval Officers, March 1776-June 1908.
1789-1938. 249 vols. 24 ft.
Arranged by officer, chronologically by date of earliest log or journal entry. There are name and subject indexes prepared by the Office of Naval Records and Library in some of the volumes.
A relatively small number of these records are copies or extracts of official ships' logs kept during cruises. Many of these were kept by midshipmen who had to submit them to a senior officer for inspection; they contain hourly recordings of the ship's speed, course steered, wind direction, barometric and temperature readings, and remarks concerning events of the day. There are also "rough logs with this type of information. Most of the volumes, however, sometimes called logs and sometimes journals, include instead information concerning the experiences, activities, and observations of the writers both at sea and in port and are more accurately described as journals or diaries. Some were maintained during naval expeditions; others provide detailed accounts of the fighting during important naval battles; and still others provide vivid descriptions of manners and customs of foreign populations with whom the writers came into contact. Activities of the writers between cruises are sometimes accounted for in the entries. Poetry, sketches, maps, charts, notes, newspaper clippings, photographs and other items inserted or copied in the volumes further indicate the personal nature of these logs and journals. Most of the logs and journals were kept by commissioned naval officers; a small number were kept by warrant officers, petty officers, and enlisted men of the Navy and Marine Corps. Many were kept by a single officer and not always on a daily basis. An index to names of vessels for which there are records giving years covered and subseries number is found in Appendix L. For a complete listing, see Appendix M.
609. Logs and Journals of American Privateers and State Navy and Merchant Vessels.
Oct. 1776-Oct. 1867. 11 vols. 1 ft.
Arranged chronologically by initial date of log or journal.
Some of the logs are originals; others are photostatic or typed copies. There are logs or journals or extracts for the following vessels: Massachusetts privateer schooner Active, October-December 1776; Massachusetts privateer schooner Charming Sally, November 1776-October 1778, with gaps; privateer Hazard or privateer Revenge, July-September 1778; South Carolina frigate South Carolina, August 1781-January 1782 and April-May 1782; privateer Hague, September 1782-February 1783; frigate Alliance, June 1787-September 1788; an unidentified vessel, August-October 1787 and June-July 1788; privateer schooner of war Nonsuch, July-November 1812; privateer Polly, December 1812-July 1813; private armed brigantine Saratoga, July-November 1812; American bark Tacony, October 1862-June 1863; and schooner Mabel, July-October 1867.
610. Summary Journals and Notes of Moses Hillard, Merchant, on Atlantic,
Arctic, and Pacific Voyages.
Apr. 1801-June 1835. 1 vol. 3/4 in.
Arranged chronologically. There is a table of contents.
The entries apparently were made by Hillard upon his return from various voyages. They consist mostly of itineraries, comments on weather conditions, sailing directions, and remarks on trade conditions. In the middle of the volume is a list of voyages taken by Hillard during the years 1796-1807 for which he made no journal entries.
611. Notes and Compilations of U.S. Naval Officers.
1813-1900. 19 vols. 2 ft.
Arranged chronologically. These officers' personal notebooks and other compilations were donated by family members and other private individuals. They include accounts of naval engagements, sailing directions, journals of voyages, transcripts of lectures, poetry, regulations, procedures for naval courts and boards, accounts, and notes on a variety of subjects. There are volumes for Capt. Arthur Sinclair, 1813-14; Lt. Charles Gauntt, ca. 1818-34; Lt. George S. Blake, 1822-ca. 1831; Lt. Samuel W. LeCompte, ca. 1832; Lt. Joel Abbott, 1832; Comdr. Matthew C. Perry, ca. 1831 and ca. 1833 (2 volumes); Lt. Gabriel Galt Williamson, ca. 1844-54; Engineer Richard C. Potts, 1850-61 (2 volumes); Chaplain Fitch W. Taylor, ca. 1854 (2 volumes); Chaplain David Howard Tribou, June 1864; Capt. George C. Remey, ca. 1889 (2 volumes); Lt. Nathan Sargent, 1897-1900 (2 volumes); Surgeon Edward Cutbush, n.d,; "Description of sights" (anonymous); and a "common place book" (anonymous).
612. Journal of Thomas D. Anderson, U.S. Consul at Tunis.
Aug. 2, 1815-Dec. 31, 1817. 1 vol. 1/2 in.
Most of the journal consists of remarks concerning places visited and amounts spent, particularly for presents given to Tunisian rulers and their servants.
613. Extracts of the Journal of Rear Adm. William T. Sampson.
Apr. 21, 1898-May 14, 1898. 1/2 in.
Arranged chronologically in a binder.
This is a copy taken from the official journal. It appears to have been
annotated for printing. Rear Adm. William T. Sampson commanded the
North Atlantic Squadron. Mrs. Sampson presented the extracts to the
Office of Naval Records and Library in 1921.
Registers and Lists
614. List of French Prisoners of War.
ca. 1799. 1 vol. 1 in.
Arranged alphabetically by initial letter of surname of prisoner.
Entries usually give only the prisoner's name, but sometimes his rank, vessel, or other information are indicated. Inserted are comments on French prisoners landed on St. Thomas and Cura┴ao and at Wilmington, NC, and a list of officers, seamen, and passengers taken prisoner on the schooner Bonaparte. A notation shows, "Captain Tingey had papers delivered to him."
615. Register of British Prisoners of War, 1812-15.
n.d. 3 vols. 3 in.
Entries are arranged by initial letter of surname of prisoner. When insufficient space was allotted for a letter of the alphabet in the first volume, entries were continued in the back of the volume and then, if necessary, in the second volume.
Entries include date of capture or of report, name and rank of prisoner, place where held, vessel from which taken, place of capture, name of captor, and date and circumstances of release. Some prisoners were paroled or released without imprisonment.
616. Register of Expenses Incurred by American Prisoners of War in England.
1812-14. 1 vol. 1/8 in.
The booklet includes four lists. Entries on each list are arranged chronologically.
The register contains a list of sailors and marines who mailed letters home from prisons in England showing their name, date of letter, and amount of postage used. A second list is of naval officers who mailed letters to the United States. This list includes the officers' name, rank, postage amount and destination of letter such as Norfolk or "Hagers-town." A third list contains expenses for medicines and shows the name of the surgeon who dispensed the medicine and the name of the prison where the medicine was used. A fourth list includes the names of British individuals and companies, presumably suppliers for the prisons. There are also some expenses for carriage trips on the list.
617. Register of American and British Prisoners of War Received on the
U.S. Cartel Brig Analoston.
May 1, 1813-July 21, 1815. 1 vol. 1 in.
Arranged chronologically by date prisoner was received.
The register was compiled by Captain's Clerk Charles Deblois. The entries usually give name and rank of prisoner, vessel on which captured, date delivered to the Analoston, and sometimes information concerning release and other data.
618. List of Outfits and Stores for the USS Roanoke.
ca. 1858. 1 vol. 1/4 in.
Arranged according to rank of officer for which stores and outfits were intended.
619. Lists of Officers Assigned to U.S. Naval Vessels.
ca. 1861. 1 vol. 2 in.
One of the lists is arranged by name of vessel; the other, by rank of officer.
620. Registers and Lists of Officers of the Mississippi Squadron.
Aug. 1861-Aug. 1865. 9 vols. 1 ft.
There are five volumes of lists of officers arranged alphabetically by name of vessel, and thereunder chronologically. These volumes have a index to names of ships and a index to names of engineers. There is no index to officers of other ranks. These volumes are marked "S. P. Lee Papers" (Acting Rear Adm. Samuel Phillips Lee) and are donated papers. Except for these notations, they are similar to the official lists of officers in entry 74. The other volumes are registers of volunteer officers arranged by rank.
The information given in entries varies but often includes name and rank of officer, date assigned to ship, date of commission or warrant, states of birth and citizenship, date of birth and dates of actions and occurrences. The lists include clerks, volunteer officers, Regular Navy officers, and U.S. Marine Corps officers. Some descriptive information about vessels and entries for officers in other squadrons are included. One volume is a register of officers granted leave.
621. Miscellaneous Registers and Lists Pertaining to Vessels and
Officers of the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron.
1863-65. 10 vols. 8 in.
Arranged by name of vessel or chronologically.
There are four volumes and an unbound notebook of registers and lists of vessels and officers of the squadron, arranged by name of vessel, usually alphabetically and indexed by name of vessel; two volumes of chronological registers of volunteer officers promoted, detached, and reporting for duty; a list of the number and caliber of guns on the vessels of the squadron ("battery book"), indexed by name of vessel; and a two-volume register of vessels boarded off Fortress Monroe, for the most part by the Young Rover, arranged chronologically. Some of the volumes have notations indicating they were "S. P. Lee's papers."
622. Register of Vessels Boarded by the USS Princess Royal.
Dec. 7, 1864-Apr. 1, 1865. 1 vol. 1/2 in.
Arranged chronologically by date of boarding.
Entries give date and place of boarding, home port of vessel, name of owner and of captain, class, port from which embarked, destination, tonnage, cargo, nation of registry ("papers"), number of crew members, and remarks. The Princess Royal was based at Galveston, TX, during this period. The volume was donated to the Office of Naval Records in 1935 by Charles Taylor of the Boston Globe.
623. Register of Correspondence of the Commander of the North Atlantic
Blockading Squadron, Acting Rear Adm. William Radford.
May 25, 1865-Oct. 10, 1865. 2 vols. 1/2 in.
The volumes register letters and orders sent and received by Acting Rear Adm. William Radford. Entries give date of letter or order or of its receipt, summary of its contents, name or position of addressee or writer, Radford's location that day, and sometimes other information.
624. Register of Letters Sent and Forwarded by the Atlantic Coast Squadron.
May-Nov. 1866. 1 vol. 3/4 in.
Arranged chronologically. Identified as "No. 3," but no other registers have been found. The inside cover has a notation, "papers of the Portsmouth Navy Yard."
Entries include date and time sent, place from which sent, summary of contents, and name of addressee. Most of the letters were sent from Port Royal, Charleston, or Hampton Roads.
625. Miscellaneous Registers Kept by Rear Adm. Charles H. Davis
of the South Atlantic Squadron.
1867-69. 17 vols. 1 ft.
Entries within each register are arranged chronologically.
There are registers of letters forwarded (3 volumes), reports forwarded (2 volumes), surveys held (2 volumes), requisitions made (3 volumes), orders issued to officers (2 volumes), signals made (1 volume), bills for purchases, repairs, and other expenses (1 volume), monthly reports of vessels boarded by officers of the squadron (1 volume), monthly reports of condition, distribution, and employment of vessels (1 volume), and officers and vessels (1 volume).
626. Miscellaneous Registers Kept by the Asiatic Squadron.
Apr. 1875-Nov. 1877. 5 vols. 5 in.
Registers arranged by type of information recorded, and entries within registers arranged chronologically.
The following registers are included in the series.
Register of officers of the Asiatic Fleet. Jan. 1870-June 1872. 1 vol.
Entries include the officer's name, rank, and date of commission (warrant or appointment); vessel to which assigned and the date; date detached and where ordered; and remarks. In the back of the volume is a list of the staff of the squadron commander and lists of the officers of the Flagship Colorado and other squadron vessels.
Register of letters received and forwarded. Apr. 1875-Nov. 1877. 1 vol.
Entries include the date on which the letter was received, the names of the writer and addressee, a summary of the letter's contents, and the date on which it was forwarded.
Register of reports forwarded. June 1875-Mar. 1877. 1 vol.
Entries provide the same type of information included for letters received and forwarded.
Register of surveys held. July 1875-Nov. 1877. 1 vol.
Entries include the name of the officer conducting the survey, a description of the article surveyed, the name of the vessel on which located, the name of the officer requesting the survey, and results.
Register of orders issued to officers. Aug. 1875-Jan. 1877. 1 vol.
Entries indicate when, where, and to whom the order was issued and include a brief summary of the order's contents.
627. Register of Movements, U.S. Naval Force on Asiatic Station.
Jan. 1900-Feb. 1902. 1 vol. 1 in.
Arranged by vessel, and thereunder chronologically.
Entries give dates of arrival and departure from each port visited.
628. Account Books of U.S. Naval Vessels and of the Arctic Expedition, 1777-1879.
1812-ca. 1924. 32 vols. 3 ft.
Arranged by vessel with the records for the Arctic expedition at the end.
These are chiefly registers of supplies received and used (expended). Also included are registers of expenditures, accounts for individual officers and crew members, a cashbook, and requisitions. There are records for the Lexington, 1777, including a roster and portions of the log (photostatic copies); Argus, Macedonian, Congress, and Baltimore, 1812-20 (chiefly accounts for individuals kept by Purser Henry Denison); Independence, 1815-17 and 1837-38; Constitution, 1824-30; Brandywine, 1825-29; Peacock, 1829-31; Constellation, 1829-31; Macedonian, 1837-38; Lexington, 1827-28 and 1837-39; Ontario, 1837-39; Vincennes, 1838-42; Cyane, 1841-46; Marion, 1842-43; Columbus, 1842-44; Metacomet (renamed Pulaski), 1858-62; Brooklyn, 1859-61; and Arctic expedition, 1878-79.
629. Ledger of the Continental Ship Confederacy.
June 1780-Mar. 1781. 1 vol. 3/4 in.
Arranged by account and thereunder chronologically. There is a typewritten name index.
Most of the accounts are for pay to Navy and Marine officers and enlisted men. According to a typewritten note, this volume was found at Princeton University in 1930 and presented to the Navy Department.
630. Records of Daniel D. Broohead, U.S. Navy Agent at Boston.
1821-52. 25 ft.
Arranged by type of record and thereunder for the most part chronologically.
The records consist chiefly of receipts, but there are also bills, 1822-52; contracts, 1826-28; extracts, returns, and statements of contracts, 1827-38; requisitions, 1821 and 1830-37; letters received, 1830-37; and miscellaneous fiscal records, 1823-52.
631. Fiscal Records of Paymaster George A. Lyon.
July 1861-Dec. 1881. 4 ft.
Arranged by type of record.
Included are payroll vouchers for the Washington Navy Yard and Naval Station, May 1881-January 1882, and orders issued by higher commands relating to the pay of officers, enlisted personnel, and civilians (including appointments and transfers), July 1861-December 1863, September 1871-September 1874, and April-December 1881, with gaps. Fiscal records for the USS Michigan, November 1871-September 1874; the USS Tuscumbia, March-December 1883; and the USS Worcester, February 1871-March 1874, include statements of accounts, vouchers, orders, and receipts. These records were acquired in 1969 from the historical collection of the Bureau of Supplies and Accounts held at the library of the Naval Supply Systems Command.
632. List of Supplies Furnished the USS Marion at Mare Island Navy Yard.
May 1891-June 1891. 1 vol. 1/2 in.
Arranged by department of the yard from which furnished.
The list includes medical supplies, clothing, tools, and guns.
633. Signal Books.
ca. 1813-June 1865. 10 vols. 9 in.
There are guides to signals and maneuvers prepared by Como. Charles Morris, ca. 1813 and ca. 1827 (6 vols.); signal book of the Pacific Exploring Expedition, 1838-39; rough signal log of the USS Columbus, 1845-47; signal log of the USS New Hampshire, December 1864-June 1865; and undated index to signal words prepared for an unidentified squadron.
634. Notes on Ships' Dimensions and Other Subjects.
n.d. 2 vols. 3 in.
Arranged by subject. One volume has a subject index.
These notes apparently were prepared sometime during the first half of the 19th century by officers of the U.S. Navy. One volume contains mostly information on dimensions of ships and docks, some of which is in tabular form. The other volume has notes on these subjects as well as on winds, blocks, rigging, anchors, spars, foreign ports, guns, gunpowder, lights, and other subjects. There are also verses of poetry and scriptures.
635. Watch, Quarter, and Station Bills of U.S. Naval Vessels.
1829-96. 17 vols. 1 ft.
Arranged by vessel.
Brought together are bills listing the duties assigned to each officer and crew member (sometimes by name and sometimes just by position) for the following vessels (some of the years given may be only approximations); Constellation, 1829, with a volume of internal rules and regulations, ca. 1825-30; Columbus (internal rules and regulations and a manual, "The Excellent Gunnery"), 1846; Brandywine, 1847; Wabash, 1861-62; Pittsburgh, 1862; Constellation, 1862-63; Miami (2 vols.), 1863-64; Susquehanna, 1864; Canandaigua, 1865-66; Sabine, 1869-70; California, 1870-73; and Castine, 1894-96. There are also volumes containing undated watch, station, and quarter bills for a typical first-class screw steamer, first-class sloop, and third-class sloop.
1861-68. 1 vol. 1/2 in.
Arranged in rough chronological order.
This compilation of general orders and circulars issued by the Navy Department, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, North Pacific Squadron, and Bureau of Ordnance was presented to the Office of Naval Records and Library in October 1946 by J.F.R. Scott of Wynnewood, PA.
637. Abstracts of Charges and Sentences of General Courts-Martial in the
North Atlantic Blockading Squadron.
Oct. 1864-May 1865. 1 vol. 3/4 in.
Arranged chronologically. There is a name index.
Abstracts give date(s) and place of trial, name of defendant, charges, plea, finding, and, when applicable, sentence imposed and place of confinement.
638. Conduct Books for Enlisted Men on USS Nipsic and USS St. Mary.
1871-73. 2 vols. 1 in.
Arranged alphabetically by initial letter of surname of enlistee.
Entries include such information as age, birthplace, complexion, color of hair and eyes, term of enlistment, offenses, and punishments.
639. "Memoir Upon the Lighting, Beaconage, and Buoyage of the Coasts of France."
1871. 1 vol. 3 in.
The "memoir" was written by Leonce Reynaud, Inspector General of Bridges and Roads and Director of the Lighting and Buoy Service of France, in 1864 and translated by Rear Adm. Thornton A. Jenkins in 1871. It was deposited by the Light-House Board in the Library of Congress and transferred to the Navy Department Library on September 15, 1913.
640. Report on the Coast Fortifications of England.
May 1873. 1 vol. 2 in.
This report was prepared in Berlin in 1873 by a German engineer officer who was ordered to England in August 1872. It was translated from German into English by U.S. Navy officer Lt. Edward Very in May 1873. Accompanying the report are illustrative drawings and tables. The report relates particularly to the use of iron armor and is more about types of facilities and materials used and experiment conducted than the inspection of individual fortifications.
641. Situation Reports, Squadron of Evolution.
Dec. 7, 1889-May, 25, 1892. 1 vol. 3/4 in.
For each vessel attached to the squadron for each day are given the number absent, number sick, amount of coal on hand, amount of coal used during the previous day, latitude and longitude or place, and sometimes remarks.
642. Proceedings of the First and Second International Peace Conferences
Held at The Hague.
May 18, 1899-Oct. 18, 1907. 5 in.
Arranged in two subseries for the first conference held March 18-July 29, 1899, and the second, June 15-October 18, 1907.
For the first conference, the proceedings are divided into four parts in two binders; each part has a table of contents. Part I has the proceedings of the full conference with annexes. Part II has the proceedings of the First Committee and its subcommittees. Part III has the proceedings of the Second Committee and its subcommittees. Part IV has the proceedings of the Third Committee and of the Committee of Examination with annexes.
For the second conference, there is only one binder with a table of contents. It contains the proceedings of the Second Committee and its subcommittees with appendixes. Apparently, there are at least two (possibly four) missing parts.
643. Courts-Martial Orders, U.S. Naval Force on Asiatic Station.
Apr. 28, 1900-Feb. 26, 1902. 1 vol. 3/4 in.
Clippings of orders giving findings, sentences, and review decisions,
pasted in a volume sometimes with handwritten annotations.
The first efforts made by the Navy Department to collect records for publication pertaining to Union and Confederate naval operations during the Civil War were undertaken by the Bureau of Navigation in 1881. After the establishment of the Office of Library and Naval War Records in the Bureau of Navigation, this work was continued. An appropriation was authorized by an act of July 7, 1884 (23 Stat. 159, 185) to pay the salaries of one clerk and two copyists to assist in the compilation of the "Naval Records of the War of the Rebellion."
The first five volumes of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, published during 1895-97, contained a scarce amount of material of Confederate origin. Because of this, an agent, former Confederate naval officer Hardin B. Littlepage, was hired in 1889 to obtain documents in private and institutional custody pertaining to the Confederate Navy during the Civil War. Littlepage was successful in interesting former Confederate naval officers and other officials or members of their families, the Confederate Museum in Richmond, VA, and other depositories and historical societies to donate or lend for copying documents pertaining to Confederate naval activity during the Civil War (see entries 530 and 540). Some of the documents donated along with the copies prepared from borrowed materials bear the stamp "C.N.W.R." indicating that they were selected for possible inclusion in the Official Records. They became a permanent part of the Naval Records Collection along with other records obtained from departments of the executive branch. In 1909 the Treasury Department transmitted to the Office of Library and Naval War Records some of the records in its custody relating to Confederate naval officers and personnel. Also received from the same department were some of the official records of the Confederate States Treasury pertaining to the Confederate Navy. In 1930 the Office of Naval Records and Library received more than 600 papers from the War Department relating to Confederate naval and Marine Corps personnel including muster rolls and payrolls. In 1934 documents pertaining to naval inventions were received from the same department. Other Confederate Navy payrolls and the "Confederate Vessel Papers" remain in the War Department's collection in Record Group 109.
Most of the official records of the Confederate States Navy Department were destroyed by fire or pillage in the War Department building in Richmond in 1865. Some of the records were taken south by train during the evacuation of Richmond and deposited at the Charlotte Navy Yard. They were later apparently destroyed to prevent their falling into Union hands. Still other naval records were among captured Confederate War Department records taken north to Washington or were carried off by Confederate naval officers fleeing from captured shore establishments and vessels.
Many of the unbound papers received from former officers and depositories
were placed in the Area and Subject Files of the Naval Records Collection
(see entries 501 and 503).
The bound volumes and other unbound records
in the collection consist primarily of vessel logs, journals,
muster rolls and payrolls, and paymasters' records.
Although fragmentary, they compose one of the largest records collections
pertaining to the Confederate States Navy.
A Navy Department was authorized by the provisions of an act passed by the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States of America on February 21, 1861. The Secretary of the Navy was given control over the Department under the direct control of the President of the Confederate Government. An act of March 16, 1861, designated four offices within the Navy Department: Orders and Detail, responsible for personnel and legal matters and materiel; Ordnance and Hydrography, responsible for the supply of guns and ammunition and navigational information and equipment to the service and for the naval school aboard the CSS Patrick Henry; Provisions and Clothing, responsible for procurement and distribution of food for the service and uniforms for enlisted men and for fiscal matters; and Medicine and Surgery, responsible for the health of the Navy and the supervision of the hospitals and medical officers. Until the summer of 1863, when a Chief Constructor and Engineer in Chief were appointed by the Confederate Secretary of the Navy, responsibility for the construction, repair, and maintenance of ships was placed in the Office of Ordnance and Hydrography.
The ranks assigned to officers of the Confederate Navy were similar to those used in the U.S. Navy. The Secretary not only directed the issuance of orders and details for service but also signed operational orders and details for service and operational orders of an important nature.
The act of March 16, 1861, also created a Marine Corps directly under
the Secretary of the Navy, to protect ships and stations from external attack
or internal mutiny, and to launch small-scale amphibious attacks.
The officer appointed commandant of the corps issued orders concerning
the corps to naval officers in the Secretary's name.
644. Letters Sent by Lt. (Later Comdr.) Joseph N. Barney.
Dec. 5,1861-Apr. 4, 1863. 1 vol. 3/4 in.
Arranged chronologically. There are letters for December 5, 1861-July 31, 1862, and February 4-April 21, 1863. An incomplete register is in the back of the volume.
Barney commanded the CSS Jamestown, December 1861-May 1862; was stationed at the naval encampment at Drewry's Bluff, VA, June-July 1862; and commanded the CSS Harriet Lane in Galveston Bay, February-April 1863. Included are letters to the Secretary of the Confederate States Navy, the Office of Orders, the Bureau of Ordnance, and to other officers and enlisted men concerning supplies and ordnance and terms of enlistment and accounts of naval personnel under his command.
645. Correspondence and Fiscal Records of Thomas R. Ware,
Confederate States Navy Paymaster, Mobile, AL.
June 1862-Mar. 1865. 3 vols. and loose records. 5 ft.
Arranged by type of record and thereunder for the most part chronologically. There are some records for Ware's earlier service with the U.S. Navy.
There are bound press copies of letters sent and unbound letters and telegrams received. Correspondents include the Secretary of the Confederate States Navy, the First Auditor of the Confederate States Treasury, other paymasters and assistant paymasters at shore stations and aboard ships, shipbuilders, and Confederate Army and Navy officers. Principal subjects dealt with are procurement of supplies needed by the Navy, execution of contracts, and expenditures. With the letters received are correspondence and financial records of Charles J. Helm, Confederate States agent at Havana, Cuba, concerning stores shipped to Mobile through the blockade during 1863-64.
Fiscal records include ledgers, cashbooks, abstracts of expenditures, receipts (including those for repairing and equipping the CSS Florida), requisitions, invoices, vouchers, shipping tickets, and contracts for building ironclad vessels and torpedoes. The volumes were presented to the Office of Naval Records and Library by the Ware family in 1929. In 1939 the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park received the unbound records from the National Bank of Fredericksburg. The park transferred them to the National Archives in 1965.
646. Letters Sent by the Naval Gun Foundry and Ordnance Works at Selma, AL.
June 1862-Mar. 1865. 6 vols. 1 ft.
Individual volumes arranged chronologically. There are no letters for the period September-December 19, 1862. There are name indexes in most volumes.
Press copies except for the first volume, June-August 1862. The first volume includes a register in the back with reports of guns shipped, list of powder on hand and various accounts. Most of the letters were sent successively by Confederate States Agent Colin J. McRae, June 1862-February 1863; Maj. N. R. Chambliss, Confederate States Navy, February-June 1863; and Comdt. Catesby Ap R. Jones, June 1863-March 1865. Included are letters to the Secretary of Confederate States Navy, the Bureau of Ordnance, commandants of naval stations, other Confederate Army and Navy officers; iron manufactures and other industrial and business firms, and private citizens. They concern primarily the manufacture and distribution of guns and ammunition and the purchase and delivery of materials needed for manufacture.
Colin J. McRae owned the gun foundry until the Confederate Government purchased it in 1863. It was then operated jointly by the Army and Navy until June 1863, when control was assumed by the Navy and Comdr. Catesby Ap R. Jones became commandant. When Union forces captured the foundry and ordnance works on April 2, 1865, Jones escaped with these records and the register described in entry 673.
647. Letters Sent by Jonathan H. Carter.
Feb. 1, 1863-Apr. 30, 1865. 1 vol. 3/4 in.
Arranged chronologically. There are a few letters dated 1867. There is a name index.
For the period February-November 1863, when Carter served as commandant of the naval station at Shreveport, there are letters to the Secretary of Confederate States Navy, to other Navy and Army officers, and to private contractors concerning the progress of construction of gunboats and the need for materials and skilled labor. Beginning in November 1863, Carter was commanding officer of the Naval Defenses of Western Louisiana, commanding the CSS Missouri. There are letters to private shipowners asking their assistance in arming the Missouri, to the Chief of Staff of the Confederate States Army concerning the transfer of Army enlistees to the Navy and volunteers for the Missouri, and to other Army officers concerning personnel matters. The 1867 letters are of a personal nature. Some notes and accounts have been copied in the back of the volume.
648. Letters Received at the Confederate States Depository, Nashville, TN.
Apr. 1, 1863-Aug. 10, 1864. 1 vol. 1 in.
Arranged chronologically. The volume is labeled "-," but no other volume has been found.
Most of the letters were received by Depository James G. Ramsay
from the Confederate States Treasurer and Secretary of the Treasury.
They informed Ramsay of shipments of money en route to Knoxville,
transmitted drafts to be credited to officers' accounts,
and instructed him in procedures to be followed.
The volume in which these letters are inserted contains part of
a summary of the 1840 decennial census.
Muster Rolls, Payrolls, Shipping Articles, and Pay Records
649. Name Index to Shipping Articles, 1861-65.
n.d. 1 binder. 1/2 in.
This typed index is available on NARA Microfilm Publication T829, Miscellaneous Records of the Office of Naval Records and Library, roll 173.
650. Shipping Articles of Naval Enlisted Personnel.
May 1861-Feb. 1865. 1 vol. 4 in.
Arranged by recruiting station or vessel. For each station or ship, the shipping article includes a statement by which the enlistee agreed to enlist in the Confederate States Navy, to be assigned to vessels, and to obey laws and regulations. In return the recruiting officer agreed that the enlistee would receive the stated wages and bounty. Entries for individual recruits give date of shipment, signature or mark, name written by recruiting officer, signature of witness, rating, monthly wages, and, when applicable, wages advanced, bounty paid, and signature of surety for advanced wages and bounty. The shipping articles are reproduced on NARA Microfilm Publication T829, Miscellaneous Records of the Office of Naval Records and Library, roll 173.
651. Muster Rolls, Payrolls, and Related Records of Confederate Vessels.
May 1861-Mar. 1865. 1 ft.
Arranged alphabetically by name of vessel, thereunder by type of record, and thereunder chronologically.
Also included are receipt rolls, registers and payrolls of allotments descriptive lists and returns of officers and crews, lists of clothing needed and issued, mess bills, and other types of lists containing the names of naval personnel on board vessels. Some rolls include officers and enlisted men; some, only officers; and some, only the names of personnel transferred from one vessel to another. The information in these rolls is similar to that in muster rolls and payrolls of U.S. Navy vessels (see entry 68). There are rolls for some vessels with those for shore establishments (see entry 670), and there are also rolls in the Subject File for th Confederate States Navy under the designation "NA" (see entry 503). For a list of vessels, see Appendix O.
652. Payrolls of Civilian Employees at Confederate Shore Establishments.
May 1861-Dec. 1864. 2 ft.
Arranged alphabetically by name of shore establishment, thereunder sometimes by occupation, and thereunder chronologically.
Also included are some pay and receipt rolls; pay, receipt and muster rolls; and individual accounts. The information in the payrolls is similar to that for civilian personnel of the U.S. Navy (see entry 70).
653. Muster Rolls, Payrolls, and Related Records for Naval and Marine Corps
Personnel at Confederate Shore Establishments.
June 1861-Feb. 1865. 7 vols. and unbound records. 2 ft.
Arranged by format of records (volumes or loose) and thereunder alphabetically by name of station.
The volumes are identified as being for Charleston Station and Fleet, Mobile and Jackson Stations, New Orleans Station and Fleet, North Carolina Station, Richmond Station and James River Squadron, Savannah Station and Fleet, and Wilmington Station, Marine Corps, and Miscellaneous. The rolls in bound volumes are reproduced on NARA Microfilm publication T829, Miscellaneous Records of the Office of Naval Records and Library, rolls 165-172.
Included are muster rolls, pay and receipt rolls, registers of allotments and station bills. The information in the rolls is similar to that in muster rolls and payrolls for U.S. naval personnel at shore establishments (see entry 81). There are other rolls in the Subject File for the Confederate Navy under the designation "NA" (see entry 503).
654. Register of Allotments of Confederate States Navy and Marine Corps Officers
and Enlisted Men.
June 1861-Nov. 1864. 1 vol. 1 in.
Divided into officers and enlisted men and thereunder arranged roughly chronologically by date of first payment.
Entries include name of officer or enlisted man, rank or rating, person by whom registered, date of first payment, monthly sum allotted, number of months to be paid, name of vessel to which attached, place where and person to whom payable, and remarks that sometimes indicate when allotments were to be stopped. The person receiving allotments was usually a woman, probably the wife or mother of the officer or enlisted man.
655. Muster Rolls, Payrolls, and Related Records for Marine Detachments of
the Confederate States Navy.
July 1861-Dec. 1864. 4 in.
Arranged by company, location, or vessel; thereunder by type of roll; and thereunder chronologically.
There are muster rolls, payrolls, receipt rolls for clothing and other articles issued, and other records for Companies A,-,C, and E and for marines stationed at Richmond, on the CSS Savannah, and at other places and other vessels.
656. Register of Allotments of Officers and Enlisted Men of the
Confederate States Navy.
Aug. 1861-Oct. 1864. 1 vol. 1 in.
Arranged alphabetically by initial letter of surname. The volume is labeled "Auditor's Book No.2."
Entries provide name of recipient, rank, vessel to which assigned, person by whom registered, date of first payment, number of months for payments to be made, name of person designated to receive the payment, place where payable, amount of monthly allotment, and sometimes remarks. The volume appears to have mostly the same names as the registers described in entry 664 and may relate to the Savannah River Squadron.
657. Ledger For Payments to Navy and Marine Corps Personnel at the
Naval Station at Savannah, GA.
Nov.1862-Sept. 1863. 1 vol. 1 in.
Arranged in rough order by rank or rating of payee; persons who arrived after the ledger was started appear to have been entered wherever there was space. There is a name index.
Entries, for both officers and enlisted men, include date, amounts of money paid in clothing, small stores, and cash, and the signature of a witness.
658. Pay and Receipt Book for CSS Georgia.
Oct. 1862-Aug. 1863. 1 vol. 1 in.
Arranged for the most part by rank or rating of payee.
These accounts for individuals show amounts paid in money, clothing,
small stores, and hospital expenses; total pay including allowances
for undrawn rations and grog; and the signature of a witness.
Logs, Journals, and Diaries
659. Logs of Confederate Privateers.
June-Nov. 1861. 5 vols. 5 in.
Arranged by vessel. Entries in the logs are arranged chronologically.
There are logs for the Jeff Davis, Beaufort, Gordon, Dixie, and Sallie. The logs include weather data, speed and sailing information, ships sighted or contacted and activities of the crew. Most of the logs are handwritten in preprinted log pages, with columns for weather and sailing information on the left side and space for remarks on the right side of the volume.
660. Logs and Journals of Confederate States Navy Vessels and of Battery Brooke.
Aug. 1861-Apr. 1865. 7 vols. 7 in.
Arranged by vessel.
There are logs or journals or abstracts for the following: Ellis, August 1861-February 1862; Florida, August 1862-May 1863; Cornubia, September-November 1863; Florida, January-September 1864; Tennessee, February-July 1864; Chickamauga, September 1864-March 1865; and Battery Brooke on the James River, October 1864-April 1865.
661. Diary of Midshipman John A. Wilson, Confederate States Navy.
1861-62. 1 vol. 1 in.
Entries arranged chronologically.
For a part of the period covered, John A. Wilson was serving on board the CSS Arkansas. The greater part of the diary covers his activities following the destruction of the Arkansas on August 8, 1862, including his activities in the area of Drewry's Bluff, and his travels through Louisiana and Mississippi.
662. Diary Kept by Rear Adm. Raphael Semmes During his Arrest and Confinement,
Dec. 1865-Mar. 1866.
n.d. 1/4 in.
The typewritten copy was prepared by the Office of Naval War Records.
It covers the period of Semmes' arrest in Mobile on December 15, 1865;
transportation to Washington, DC; and imprisonment awaiting a trial
that was never held. There are also copies of two letters concerning
663. Certifications of Naval Accounts by the First Auditor,
Confederate States Treasury Department.
May 15, 1861-Aug. 10, 1864. 1 vol. 1 in.
Arranged chronologically. There is a name index.
The volumes contain copies of certifications that the Auditor had examined and adjusted the accounts with determinations of the amounts due from or owed to the Confederate Government. The certifications were sent with the statements and vouchers of Navy paymasters and other officials to the Comptroller of the Treasury for his decision. The volume apparently was transferred along with other records of the Confederate First Auditor to the Office of Naval Records and Library.
664. Steward's Returns of Food Supplies Used on Vessels of the Savannah River Squadron.
Aug. 1861-Dec. 1864. 3 vols. 2 in.
Arranged by vessel and thereunder chronologically.
The weekly returns are printed on forms on which have been entered the number of men subsisted each day and the quantities of various kinds of food used (provisions expended) with totals for the week. Discharges, transfers, detachments, desertions, and arrival of men are sometimes noted. There are returns for the Savannah, May 1862-May 1863; Oconee, May-June 1863; Isondiga, January-May 1863 and April 1863-December 1864; Resolute, August 1861-April 1862 and December 1862-June 1863; Firefly, March-April 1863; Gunboat No. 1, April-May 1862; and Georgia, October 1862-May 1864.
665. Register of Money, Clothing, and Small Stores Issued by the
Confederate Navy Paymaster.
Nov. 1861-Feb. 1862. 2 vols. 3 in.
The volumes are labeled as "Confederate Paymaster's Accounts." Each has similar records for the same accounts for individuals arranged by assigned account number.
Entries in each volume show total amount paid and amounts paid in clothing, small stores, and money. The receipt book also has the signature or mark of the recipient and the signature of a witness.
666. Account Book For Supplies Issued to CSS Raleigh.
1861. 1 vol. 1 in.
Arranged by class of issuance.
There are invoices and registers for clothing, small stores, contingent items, and food (provisions) received at the Norfolk Navy Yard for the CSS Raleigh. The registers provide a daily record of issuances broken down by specific types of items, with the names of persons to whom issuances were made.
667. Account Books of Provisions and Small Stores Received, Expended,
and Condemned at Savannah, GA (principally relating to CSS Savannah).
1861-63. 2 vols. 6 in.
Arranged by type of provision (food, clothing, personal items), then chronologically by date of receipt, date expended, or date condemned. The volumes overlap in coverage. The first volume covers August 1861-February 1863; the second volume covers June 1861-May 1863.
The account book shows the date the item was received, expended, or condemned; name of person or category of persons receiving or using the item; and quantity of the provision. The items include meat, grog, cloth for uniforms, blankets, coats, razors, and scissors. There are a few references to women who were hired to sew uniforms.
668. Register of Letters, Accounts, and Other Documents Received by an
Unnamed Financial Office.
Feb. 25, 1862-July 19, 1864. 1 vol. 3/4 in.
Entries are arranged chronologically by date of receipt. There is a name index.
Entries include name, rank or position, and sometimes address of person who sent the document; date on which it was received and sometimes date of document; and subject of document or description of enclosures.
669. Records of Issuances of Supplies at Savannah, GA.
Nov. 1862-Dec. 1864. 2 vols. 1 in.
One volume contains copies of invoices for the issuance of provisions, clothing, small stores, and contingent articles to the following vessels of the Savannah Squadron: Georgia, November 1862-December 1864; Savannah, November 1862-June 1863; and Isondiga, December 1862-October 1864. The volume is arranged by vessel, thereunder by type of issuance, and thereunder chronologically. There is also a general invoice for fresh provisions. The second volume, labeled as an "account book," has entries for many of the same issuances of provisions, clothing, and small stores to the Georgia and Isondiga beginning in October 1863. It also has entries for amounts "expended." It is arranged by type of issuance and thereunder by vessel and has a tabular format with columns for specific types of items.
670. Register of Requisitions Received.
Apr. 13, 1864-Mar. 29, 1865. 1 vol. 1 in.
Entries are arranged chronologically and numbered in sequence. There is a name index.
Information includes date of requisition; name of paymaster,
navy agent, or other official submitting it;
the appropriations on which drawn; and the amounts for the individual items
and total amount of invoice. There are also some entries for naval accounts
reported to the Comptroller of the Treasury in 1862.
The volumes appears to have been part of the records of the
Confederate First Auditor of the Treasury that were transferred
by the U.S. Treasury to the Office of Naval Records and Library.
671. Surrendered Confederate Army Muster Rolls.
April 28, 1862. 1 in.
Arranged by regiment, Captain Lartigan's Louisiana Volunteers, Company C, F and K, 1st Louisiana Artillery, Company B, 20th Louisiana Volunteers and Company C, Regular Confederate Army.
The men listed on these muster rolls surrendered to Comdr. David D. Porter's Mortar Flotilla at Fort St. Philip, LA, on April 28, 1862. At the top of the standard Confederate muster roll, there is a parole added, promising not to engage in war against Federal forces. The rolls give the names of officers and enlisted men, their rank and signature.
672. Lists of Slaves Received to Work on Fortifications, Charleston, SC.
Aug. 1862-Sept. 1863. 1 vol. 1 in.
There are lists covering the period August 1, 1862-July 1, 1863, arranged by location or officer receiving the slaves. Entries give date of receipt, sometimes district, number of slaves, and date of discharge. Then there are two lists, each arranged chronologically, for July-August (labeled "extra call") and July-September 1863. Entries include date of receipt, names of slaveholders, first names of slaves, and total number of slaves received from each slave holder. Included are some notes concerning slaves who ran away from the fortifications. There are a few entries for January-June 1864. The lists are in a volume originally used for abstracts of disbursements for the survey of the harbor of Georgetown, SC, 1852-54. It was prepared by the Confederate Engineer Office, Charleston.
673. Signal Message Book at Confederate Fort Holmes, NC.
May-Dec. 1864. 1 vol. 3/4 in.
Most of the messages appear to have been received or sent by
Col. John J. Hedrick, C.S.A., commander of Fort Holmes.
The messages were recorded by Pvt. William H. Hartman,
Confederate Signal Corps. Many signals relate to sightings of vessels,
enemy or friendly. Others are requests for vessels and for
transport of men or other assistance. There are some references
to the blockade runner Ella set on fire by the Union Navy
near Ft. Holmes on December 6, 1864. During the engagement with Ella,
the Union Navy fired upon Colonel Hedrick's home.
674. Register of Naval Guns Manufactured at Selma.
July 1863-Jan. 1865. 1 vol. 2 in.
Arranged by gun number.
For each gun, there are test data, measurements, information about the furnace and character of the metal. There is a drawing of an experimental six pounder gun.
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