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Five Certificates Attesting to the Service of African American Sailors during the Civil War

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-4149

Scope and Contents

These affidavits in this collection confirm the service of African American sailors during the Civil War. In them, white citizens of Massachusetts in good standing, swore under oath that the black person named in the document served aboard the U.S. ship listed in the capacity stated.

Three of the documents were issued on the same day, February 22, 1869, and two of these three relate to one sailor; that he served as an ordinary seaman aboard two different ships: the U.S. Potomac and the U. S. New London.

Dates

  • 1866-1869

Biographical / Historical

African Americans swelled the ranks of the U. S. Navy during the Civil War. Rather than segregate the black sailors in special units, the Navy posted them side by side with the rest. Indeed, the prewar familiarity of black sailors on Navy ships had existed since the American Revolution. African Americans fought in every naval campaign during the Civil War, from the blockading squadrons of the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico to the tributaries of the South.

Extent

0.01 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Overview

The affidavits in this collection confirm the service of African American sailors during the Civil War

Provenance

purchased from Ten Pound Island Book Company, 2015

General

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Processed by

Martha Bace, 2015

Source

Title
Guide to the Five Certificates Attesting to the Service of African American Sailors during the Civil War
Status
Coll Lvl Complete
Date
August 2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

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