Civil War Brown Water Navies

The Civil War in NE North Carolina

February 2013 Blog Posts (8)

I need some help

In the Official Records of the Navy, Lt. Robert Duvall's report on the engagement between the Beaufort and the USS Albatross mentions that he has sent a list of his crew to the governor of North Carolina, the battle having occurred while the Beaufort was part of the NC Navy. I can't find the list in the ORN. Any ideas?

Added by Bruce Long on February 23, 2013 at 10:40pm — No Comments

Crews of prizes, part three

The Brig B.T. Martin left Philadelphia on 20 July 1861, bound for Havana. She was chased and overtaken 110 miles east of Cape Hatteras on the 23rd by the privateer York, a former pilot boat out of Norfolk, Virginia. A prize crew was put on board and the Martin's crew was taken aboard the York for the journey back to Hatteras Inlet.

The B.T. Martin carried a valuable cargo: a sugar mill and staves for barrels. Her prize crew steered for Hatteras, only to be discovered by the USS…

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Added by Bruce Long on February 23, 2013 at 7:26pm — No Comments

More court records arrived today from Duke University

On 8-9 August 1861, District Court Judge Asa Biggs issued several warrants while presiding over a court session in New Bern. They included:

- advertising the sale of the Schooner Transit on 26 August 1861

- advertising the sale of the perishable cargo (fruit) of the Sea Witch on 12 August 1861

- advertising the sale of the perishable cargo (fruit) of the Nathaniel Chase

- advertising the sale of the perishable cargo (molasses and sugar) of the Itasca for cash on…

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Added by Bruce Long on February 22, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Crews of prizes, part 2

The Mariner made her first and only capture off Hatteras on July 25th. Her prize, laden with fruit from Caracoa, Cuba, was the schooner Nathaniel Chase, commanded by Master Daniel Doane. She was taken to New Bern. The crew continued on to Raleigh in charge of Sergeant William M. Stevenson of the Washington Grays. With the exception of 5-6 days while enroute to Raleigh and back under armed guard to receive passports, the crewmen were held at Hatteras Inlet. They embarked on the schooner…

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Added by Bruce Long on February 18, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Trying something new

I'm posting the "mosquito fleet" posts on my new WordPress site at http://ncsquadron.wordpress.com/  in chronological order to make it easier to follow the events from the formation of the squadron to its dissolution after the battle of Hampton Roads.

Added by Bruce Long on February 18, 2013 at 8:16pm — No Comments

Black sailors on the Winslow

There were seven blacks among the sailors of the Winslow. Two were slaves belonging to Thomas Crossan, commander of the vessel. Four more slaves belonged to Master Patrick McCarrick. One 1st class boy, Ottoway Bell, appears to have been free.

Alex Crossan - 1st class boy

William Crossan - seaman

John Moore - fireman

John Southall - ordinary seaman

Jim Carey - ordinary seaman

Frank Tucker - seaman

Ottoway Bell - 1st class boy

Their…

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Added by Bruce Long on February 17, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Where did they go?

I recently received 500+ pages of Confederate States District Court records for the Pamlico District of North Carolina, many of them dealing with the prizes taken off Hatteras.

Of the prizes:

2 were wrecks (Brig Lydia Frances and Bark Linwood)

3 were sold (Schooner Transit, Brig Hannah Balch, Schooner Herbert Manton)

2 were released due to Confederate ownership (Schooner Charles Roberts, Schooner Pricilla)

4 were seized by the state and sunk as obstructions…

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Added by Bruce Long on February 16, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

I don't like mysteries.

In Flag Officer Lynch's official report on the capture of the Fanny, he stated, "Our crew, although few in number, worked with great alacrity. This vessel [the Curlew] was managed and fought by a crew of eight men, assisted by ten of the Georgia volunteers, who had previously trained at the battery on shore." Who were these eight sailors?

No list of the original crew seems to exist. There does exist a payroll dated 20 November 1861. Twenty names were on the list. Which ones were the…

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Added by Bruce Long on February 5, 2013 at 11:00pm — No Comments

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