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Proctor Carlisle legal papers

Identifier: MSS-0276

Scope and Contents

The collection contains the draft of a claim and an answering paper, dated June 1861, relative to the seizure of the British schooner "Tropic Wind" by the U.S.S. Monticello.


  • 1861 June


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Biographical / Historical

U.S.S. Monticello, a 655-ton screw steam gunboat, was built at Mystic, Connecticut, in 1859 for civilian use. Chartered by the Navy in May 1861, she was named Star for a few weeks and then reverted to the name Monticello. She was purchased by the Navy in September 1861. Her Civil War record was a busy one, involving active employment in the blockade of the Confederacy's Atlantic seacoast and the capture of several prizes. She took part in early wartime actions in the James River area of Virginia and in the August 1861 capture of Hatteras Inlet, North Carolina.

In 1863-1865, Monticello was commanded by the celebrated naval hero William B. Cushing, and members of her crew were involved in many of his exploits. She accidentally rammed and sank the gunboat U.S.S. Peterhoff on 6 March 1864. In December 1864 and January 1865, she participated in the attacks on and capture of Fort Fisher, North Carolina. The U.S.S. Monticello was decommissioned in July 1865 and sold the following November. She subsequently became the merchant steamer Monticello, and was so employed until she sank off Newfoundland in April 1872.


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The draft of a claim and an answering paper, dated June 1861, relative to the seizure of the British schooner "Tropic Wind" by the U.S.S. Monticello




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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266