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The Civil War in NE North Carolina

April 2012 Blog Posts (5)

I could use some help

I am compiling a list of all the enlisted crewmen I can find that served in the North Carolina Squadron. The list will include the ships they served on. Si Harrington at the State Archives is compiling a list of all the sailors from the state of North Carolina that served in the CS Navy for inclusion in a future volume of NC Troops. I need help identifying the sailors on my list that were born and/or lived in North Carolina so I can pass the names on to Si. I hope to post my list here by…


Added by Bruce Long on April 30, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

The world turned upside down!

In this photo, Andrew Duppstadt looks like he is thinking, "Has Chris lost his mind? Why are we towing the CSS Albemarle instead of boarding her????" More photos from the 22nd annual event at Plymouth can be found in the Plymouth 2012 album in the Photos section.

Added by Bruce Long on April 29, 2012 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

More evidence as to the makeup of the CSS Appomattox crew

The payroll for the North Carolina Squadron was split into two groups in December of 1861. Each group consisted of four ships. No listings for the Appomattox appears in either set of records.

Twenty men from the crew of the CSS Virginia were sent to Flag Officer Lynch in January of 1862 in response to the Union fleet landing at Hatteras. Lynch was told that the sailors were on loan for the current emergency. Their accounts were not going to be transferred.

The Virginia's crew…


Added by Bruce Long on April 10, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Why was William Marrow among the captured?

William Marrow (also spelled Murrow and Mara in the records) was a 2nd class fireman on the CSS Forrest at the time of the battle of Elizabeth City. He is the only member of the Forrest's crew listed among the captured. How did this come about?

The Forrest was sitting on the marine railway awaiting repairs to a propeller shaft that became displaced during the battle of Roanoke Island. Some of her crew fought at the fort during the battle. Lt. Harwar Parker of the Beaufort wrote, "Some…


Added by Bruce Long on April 10, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Who was in the "mosquito fleet"?

In December 1861, Paymaster Ritchie received an assistant paymaster. The North Carolina Squadron payroll was divided into two groups. One contained the accounts of the Winslow, Sea Bird, Fanny, and Beaufort. The other group, assigned to Asst. Paymaster Moore, covered the Curlew, Forrest, Raleigh, and Ellis. Here is the listing for Ritchie's group for the 1st Quarter of 1862. The Raleigh listings were added on 21 February 1862, after the squadron had been destroyed at Elizabeth…


Added by Bruce Long on April 10, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

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