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 Posted: Thu Sep 26th, 2013 11:41 pm
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  Based on the information you provided above, the sailor enlisted on the USS WABASH in June of 1863. The WABASH was a steam screw frigate displacing 4808 tons, and carrying 50 guns. She was commissioned in 1856.

  Your daily muster records show that by October 1st of 1863, the sailor was on the USS NANTUCKET. The NANTUCKET was a very different kind of ship, a coastal monitor. She displaced 1875 tons and carried two guns. She was commissioned in 1863. Your muster records show that the sailor was still on the NANTUCKET on September 30 of 1864.

  More information on the ships and what they did during this timeframe is available online. Where the sailor was after September of 1864 I cannot say at present. Quite possibly, he remained on the NANTUCKET until the war ended in the following year. It is also possible that he left in 1864, since your information indicates that he enlisted for one year.

  His occupation is listed as: "Sailor," so apparently he had some experience before the war began. I don't know if he was a U.S. citizen or stayed in the U.S. after the war. You might try checking the U.S. Census records, beginning with 1870. You might also try checking obituaries of his known relatives, and trying to backtrack them to him.

Last edited on Fri Sep 27th, 2013 12:26 am by Texas Defender

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