Touring the Flagships of the Civil War U.S. Navy – In Letterheads…
Things have been a bit quiet on the Bluejackets blog of late as we were away in the Archives, seeking out historical detail to compliment the work being undertaken by our Citizen Science community over on Zooniverse. While there we uncovered lots of fantastic information that will help us add further context to what you are discovering in the Muster Sheets. Expect to see a lot more on that on the Bluejackets blog in the months to come!
During the research trip we also came across lots of interesting tidbits that we thought readers might be interested in. One of the quirkier ones relates to the appearance of some of the original documents themselves. As we sifted through contemporary correspondence, we noted the frequent use of pre-printed letterheads by senior Naval commanders- official stationery that was specifically produced for use on specific vessels or in specific roles. It seems to have become increasingly more prevalent as the war went on- for example we came across a lot more of it from 1864 and 1865 than 1861 or 1862. It’s very creation speaks to the longevity of the conflict, as the wartime naval infrastructure and organisation built up early in the war began to take on an air of permanence as the years dragged on.
We thought it would be fun to share some of the letterheads we came across from the fleet- a brief visual tour of some of the most important wartime ships, just through their letterheads 🙂 We have quite a number from U.S. Navy offices and stations on land as well, so you can expect a follow up post to look forward to down the line!
As mentioned above, down the line we will follow up on this post with one focusing on some of the letterheads and stationery used by the U.S. wartime Navy ashore. In the meantime, stay tuned for some more of our regular series, including the next installment of our Citizen Science Discoveries Posts. Remember, if you are interested in becoming part of our Civil War Bluejackets Citizen Science Community, all you need to do is head over to our Zooniverse Project Page here to find out more!