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Records relating to Confederate naval and marine personnel, 1861-1865.
7.00 microfilm reel 16 mm.
Subdivided into (1) Compiled hospital and prison records of naval and marine personnel, (2) Reference cards and papers relating to naval personnel, and (3) Reference cards and papers relating to marine personnel; and then arranged alphabetically by surname.
Terms Governing Use:
During its short life, the Confederate Government, in addition to establishing a large army for defense, also organized a smaller naval and marine force. Confederate sailors manned a variety of river and coastal defense stations and vessels, as well as ocean-going raiders like the famous Alabama. In addition, a naval brigade was organized at the close of the war from the members of the James River Squadron; they participated in the Appomattox Campaign, eventually surrendering in Greensboro, North Carolina on May 1, 1865.
Confederate Marine Corps detachments served aboard ships of the Confederate Navy and also in small shore detachments. Marines garrisoned Charleston, Mobile, Savannah, and Wilmington, and helped to defend Fort Fisher, North Carolina against Federal forces in early 1865.
Unfortunately, few records of the Confederate Navy and Marine Corps survived the war. The fragmentary records in this collection represent the majority of such materials that still exist.
The microfilm publication contains records relating to persons serving in the Confederate Navy and Marine Corps. These records are in three series, as follows: (1) compiled hospital and prison records of naval and marine personnel, (2) reference cards and papers relating to naval personnel, and (3) reference cards and papers relating to marine personnel. The first series, arranged alphabetically by surname of sailor or marine, consists of cards containing abstracts of entries relating to the individual in original Union and Confederate hospital registers, prescription books, and Union prison and parole rolls; and the originals of papers, primarily from prison records, relating to the individual. The second and third series consist of reference cards and the originals of any papers relating solely to a particular sailor or marine, arranged alphabetically by surname. The reference cards indicate the rank of the sailor or marine and contain references to vessel papers, payrolls, muster rolls, and volumes in the War Department Collection of Confederate Records.
Microfilm listing available.
Additional Physical Form:
Location of Originals/Duplicates:
National Archives, Washington, D.C., from the Naval Records Collection of the Office of Naval Records and Library, Records Group 45.
National Archives Microfilm Publication M260.
Electronic Records Access:
Subject Access Fields:
Confederate States of America. Navy. Confederate States of America. Marine Corps.
Military prisons. Military hospitals.
United States History Civil War, 1861-1865