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Collection Number: 03171-z

Collection Title: Oneida Ship's Diary, 1862-1863

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the World Wide Web. See the section for more information.


This collection was processed with support from the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1993.

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Abstract The U.S.S. Steam sloop Oneida was a screw corvette of 1032 tons and nine guns. Under the command of United States naval officer S. Phillips Lee for the period of the Civil War covered in the diary, the Oneida participated in an expedition up the Mississippi River to Vicksburg, Miss.; engaged in the blockade of Mobile, Ala.; made monthly stops in Pensacola, Fla., for refueling; and visited the Lesser Antilles. The collection contains an informal daily diary of activities, events, and weather kept by various crew members of the Oneida from March 1862 to November 1863. Among the diary's enclosures are two undated pages of the "Report Book of Marine Guard, U.S. Sloop of War Savannah" and a pencil sketch of a steamer.
Creator Oneida (Ship)
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Oneida Ship's Diary, #3171-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Microfilm copy available.
Acquisitions Information
Purchase 1955
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The U.S.S. Steam sloop Oneida was a screw corvette of 1032 tons and nine guns. Under the command of United States naval officer S. Phillips Lee for the period of the Civil War covered in the diary, the Oneida participated in an expedition up the Mississippi River to Vicksburg, Miss.; engaged in the blockade of Mobile, Ala.; made monthly stops in Pensacola, Fla., for refueling; and visited the Lesser Antilles.

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The collection contains an informal daily diary of activities, events, and weather kept by various crew members of the Oneida from March 1862 to November 1863. Among the diary's enclosures are two undated pages of the "Report Book of Marine Guard, U.S. Sloop of War Savannah" and a pencil sketch of a steamer.

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2 items.
Folder 1

Enclosures from diary (original collection finding aid included) #03171-z, Series: "Oneida Ship's Diary, 1862-1863." Folder 1

Folder 2

Diary, 1862-1863 #03171-z, Series: "Oneida Ship's Diary, 1862-1863." Folder 2

The diary contains a daily record of the ship's course, wind and weather, engagements, activities on board, and other ships and blockade runners sighted. Entries describe fleet and squadron activities as seen from the Oneida and include some personal reactions to events recorded. The record keepers also noted drills, inspections, care of decks and guns, landings, refueling, enemy prizes seized, destruction of mansions, buildings, and sawmills, encounters with civillians, breaches of discipline and punishments meted out, illnesses, and fights.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, March 2011 and Laura Clark Brown, December 2012

This collection was processed with support from the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1993.

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