Lest We Forget - African American Military History by Researcher, 
					Author and Veteran Bennie McRae, Jr.

U.S.S. Vermont’s Contraband Muster Roll

July 1, 1863

Off Port Royal, South Carolina

 C. V. Brooks (Constance Brooks)

Extracts from the researcher’s

Names on Record:  A Journal Featuring Virginians of African Descent

(Civil War Sailors)

For July 1, 1863, the National Archives has one muster roll for the Vermont, a store, hospital, ordnance, and receiving ship.  It is a contraband roll noting 143 sailors, all rated as landsmen.

The previous muster roll, dated March 31, 1863, does not separate contrabands from the rest of the crew.  “Negro” William Johnson, a Virginia-born barber who enlisted in Boston, appears on this muster roll and on subsequent rolls for Vermont’s crew members counted as free when enlisting.

TOTAL RECAPITULATION FOR THE CREW ON MARCH 31, 1863

Petty Officers: 31

Seamen: 20

Ordinary Seamen: 12

Landsmen: 39

Boys: 9

Marines: 47

Contrabands: 175

Coalheavers: 6

Total in crew:  339

For October 1, 1863, and dates thereafter, the Vermont has two muster rolls:  one for contrabands (fugitive slaves), the other for men counted as free at enlistment.  Sixteen (16) of the Virginians who rated as landsmen on the July roll are noted as first-class boys on the roll for October 1, 1863.

Names on Record, which emphasizes African Americans in the U.S. Navy during the Civil War, shows a photograph of contrabands aboard the Vermont (U.S.S. Vermont with Contrabands on board, in Port Royal, S.C., 1863.  NR&L (OLD) 5270, U.S. Naval Historical Center).

Virginia-Born Black Men

U.S.S. Vermont’s Contraband Muster Roll

July 1, 1863

Names on Record: A Journal Featuring Virginians of African Descent (Civil War Sailors)

Name   Date of Enlistment Where Enlisted Term of Enlistment Where Born Age Ht.
ELLIS, WILLIAM 1863 July 1 U.S.S. Vermont 1 PRINCE GEORGE Co. 29 5'5"  
FULLER, PETER 1863 July 1 U.S.S. Vermont 1 NORFOLK 21 5'11"
GILMORE, GEORGE 1863 July 1 U.S.S. Vermont 1 LANCASTER 25 5'6"
HAYNES, ROBT. 1862 Sept. 8
[Mar 26 in pencil
above date in ink]
U.S.S. Vermont   1 NORFOLK
[Baltimore on roll
dated Oct. 1/63]
30 6'1"
JOHNSON, ROBERT 1863 July 1 U.S.S. Vermont 1 NORFOLK 28 5'11"
JONES, ALEXANDER 1863 July 1 U.S.S. Vermont 1 NORFOLK 31 5'6-1/2"
LUMFORD, JOHN 1863 July 1 U.S.S. Vermont 1 VA 36 5'2-3/4"
MASON, HENRY 1863 July 1 U.S.S. Vermont 1 NORFOLK 20 5'4-1/2"
MOORE, NED 1863 July 1 U.S.S. Vermont 1 NORFOLK 21 5'5"
PRUDEN, ISAAC 1863 July 1 U.S.S. Vermont 1 NORFOLK 31 5'8-3/4"
ROOTS, WILLIAM 1863 July 1 U.S.S. Vermont 1 NORFOLK 25 5'4"
SEYMOUR, GREEN 1863 July 1 U.S.S. Vermont 1 NORFOLK 21 5'5-1/2"
SIMPSON, CROCKET 1863 July 1 U.S.S. Vermont 1 VA 25 5'6-1/2"
TIMSLEY [TINSLEY], ALBERT 1863 July 1 U.S.S. Vermont 1 RICHMOND 25 5'6"
WILSON, STEPHEN 1863 July 1 U.S.S. Vermont 1 VA 30 5'8-1/4"
WOODARS, ALEXANDER 1863 July 1 U.S.S. Vermont 1 NORFOLK 18 5'7-3/4"

Category: Civil War | Subcategory: Union Navy | Tags: Virginia , South Carolina
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