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Re: UNION NAVY - Mississippi River
In Response To: UNION NAVY - Mississippi River ()
A handout available at the USS Cairo museum at the Vicksburg National Military Park has crew muster roll of this ship.
I'm sure this handout is available by mail from museum/national park, or contact me and I'll make a copy and send it to you.
Interesting: both Antione and Freeman enlisted in New Bedford (shades of Moby Dick) and both listed "sailor" as their occupation. Mitchell listed no previous occupation (prehaps the recruiter did not press, although Mitchell was no youngster and his age is listed as 29). Robinson was a "boatsman" in civilian life.
Also, several more sailors are listed as having "dark" skin, but anything further on their race is speculation.
I always look for the humor in primary sources. One sailor, J. Murray is shown as having "florid" skin at time of enlistment. Wonder if he was sober when he joined up and muttered "what have I done" when he found himself oppoisite the Confederate shore batteries at Vicksburg.
Also, there were three fellows named Thomas Brown on board the Cairo This must have made the commissioned and petty officers nuts.