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Guide to the Proctor Carlisle legal papers MSS.0276

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

February 2008

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Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

December 2012
Collection Title:

Proctor Carlisle legal papers

Unit ID:

MSS.0276

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.05 Linear feet (1 item)

Dates:

1861 June

Abstract:

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.

creator

Carlisle, Proctor

Scope and Contents note

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.

Preferred Citation:

Proctor Carlisle legal papers, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Access Restrictions:

None

Usage Restrictions:

None

Biographical/Historical note

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.

Acquisition Information:

unknown

Processing Information:

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unknown, 2008; updated by Martha Bace, 2012

Source(s)

Civil War (localbroad)

Government, Law and Politics (localbroad)

Legal documents (aat)

United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Naval operations--Union. (lcsh)

War and Military (localbroad)

Papers Box 1115