Infographic: Exploring the Origins, Ethnicity & Makeup of an American Civil War Ship’s Crew

Where were the men who served aboard U.S. naval vessels from the American Civil War born? What proportions of their crew were African American, and how many were immigrants? The answers to these questions varied from ship to ship, but could have a profound impact on how the vessel’s on-board community functioned. In our newContinue reading “Infographic: Exploring the Origins, Ethnicity & Makeup of an American Civil War Ship’s Crew”

USS Louisville Spotlight: Uncovering the Story of an Enslaved Mississippi “Field Hand”

The transcription efforts of the volunteers have allowed us to examine both the micro and macro experiences of Union gunboat crewmen on the Mississippi. In essence, this allows us to conduct both a “deep dive” into the story of individuals, and to pull back to gain broader perspectives on these men’s service. An example ofContinue reading “USS Louisville Spotlight: Uncovering the Story of an Enslaved Mississippi “Field Hand””