Illinois State Historical Library
Old State Capitol
Springfield, IL 62701-1507
Bock, William N.
Acting master's mate, USS Rattler, and signal officer USS Lexington, Mississippi Squadron. Letters by Bock, 1864-1865, written on Rattler and Lexington (8 items); letters containing Civil War reminiscences received from James Laning, former commander of Rattler, Woodlawn Park, Illinois, 1886 and 1890 (2 items), and from J.E. Robinson, a former crewmember of Rattler, Deshler, Ohio, 1895-1896 (2 items); notebook with entries beginning 29 November 1864 containing diagrams of Navy signal flags, the duties of various officers and men in case of fire, and a roster of men indicating their ranks and stations, and a clipping about the storm flag of Lexington. Also includes two photographs of Bock in uniform, letters to his parents, and letters regarding treachery of Captain Daniel Glenny.
Braden, Charles J.
Braden served in the Navy from 1902 until his death from tuberculosis in 1908. The collection consists primarily of letters Braden wrote to his family. They describe his ship's ports of call as well as his daily routine. Other items include an unpublished manuscript "Homeward Bound Cruise of the U.S. BattleshipOhio", a scrapbook and some memorabilia.
Crandall, Warren D.
Captain and assistant adjutant general, Mississippi Marine Brigade, Civil War historian, and newspaper editor from Brookfield, Missouri. Collection consists of the papers Crandall used to compile his History of the Ram Fleet and the Mississippi Marine Brigade, published in 1907.
Dahlgren, John A.
Items found in the Abraham Lincoln Papers.
DeNovo, John A.
Correspondence and other materials reflecting periods of John DeNovo's life spent as an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota (1938-1941), as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserves during World War II (1941-1945), and as a graduate student at Yale University (1945-1948). Correspondents include his mother, Paula DeNovo of Galva, Illinois; his aunt, Pepita Watson of Hollywood, California; his brother, Joe DeNovo in the Coast Guard in Miami, Florida; and his future wife, Jeanne Humphreys of Knoxville, Illinois. Trips to Australia and New Caledonia during DeNovo's term of service during World War II are documented.
Farragut, David G.
Items contained in the Christopher C. Augur Papers.
Fitch, Amza L.
Army officer, captain in merchant marine. Official correspondence (Field orders and reports) with headquarters, Naval Brigade, Department of Virginia and North Carolina, 1864-1865, while Fitch was Captain of Company L, 13th Regiment, New York Heavy Artillery, commanding U.S. Army Gunboats Parke,Foster, and Reno (14 items); personal correspondence, 1867-1887, mostly from Fitch to his wife, who was at their home in Oak Park, Illinois, while he was a captain in the merchant marine on the Great Lakes (20 items); ships log, 1869-1870. Also his commission, muster-in roll, discharge, and summaries of his service record (12 items). Photographs available: Fitch in uniform, 1864-1865; the Gunboat Parke at Appomattox, 1864; and later portraits of Fitch, his wife, and his daughter.
Foote, Andrew H.
Items found in the Wallace-Dickey Papers and Abraham Lincoln Papers.
Fox, Gustavus V.
Gustavus V. Fox was Assistant Secretary of the Navy from 1861 to 1866.
Jannotta, Alfred V.
1 microfilm reel
Original page from the logbook of the flagship of the Union fleet on the James River, 25-26 March 1865, recording the visit of President Abraham Lincoln and his party while traveling to Richmond, Virginia.
Journal kept by Samuel Pollock from 13 October 1863 to 17 March 1865 while serving as paymaster clerk on USS Agawam.
Porter, David D.
Additional materials are in the Christopher C. Augur, Nathaniel P. Banks, John A. McClernand, and Lewis B. Parsons Papers.
Price, W. H.
This collection contains letters written from USS Preble, while at Mobile Bay, Alabama, 6 May 1862; Pensacola, Florida, 8 October 1862; from USS Albatross off Mobile Bar on 2 May 1864. The letters include descriptions of naval engagements near Fort Morgan, the capture of New Orleans, the arming of blacks, the Fort Pillow massacre, and the coming national election.
Journal kept by D.P. Rosenmiller, commanding officer of USS Alexandria, a patrol and supply ship of the First Division, Mississippi Squadron, operating between New Orleans and Donaldsville.
Smith, James L.
James L. Smith served as Acting First Assistant Engineer.
Gideon Welles was Secretary of the Navy from 1861-1869. Additional material is found in the Abraham Lincoln, John A. McClernand, and Lewis B. Parsons Papers.
Wise, Henry A.