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Collection Number: 05414-z

Collection Title: Harry Stanley Mess Book and Other Papers, 1863-1865

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Size 8 items
Abstract Harry Stanley was born Tufton K. Stanley on 2 September 1832 in Boston, Mass. He first enlisted in the United States Navy in 1855 and then reenlisted on 21 September 1861. He was made master-at-arms, the chief disciplinary officer on the USS Ethan Allen, on 24 August 1863, and left the ship on 14 June 1865 as a yeoman. He died on 15 February 1890 in Boston, Mass. The collection contains the mess book of Harry Stanley, the master-at-arms for the USS Ethan Allen. The beginning of the book lists the sailors on the ship, divided into the eight different messes with which they ate. The second part of the book is a list of disciplinary actions taken against crew members of the ship, listed by date. Typical entries contain the name of the crew member who was punished, the event for which they were punished, the dates on which they were punished and released, and by whom they were released. There are also drawings of the various semaphore flags and their meanings, a penciled copy of the list of members of the eight different messes, and a list of all money received and spent by Stanley on behalf of the USS Ethan Allen. There are also photocopies of Harry Stanley's pension; his discharge; and a few documents relating to the widow's pension of his wife, Margaret Stanley.
Creator Stanley, Harry, 1832-1890.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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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 Harry Stanley Mess Book and Other Papers #5414-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Part of this mess book was published as "Harry Stanley's Mess Book: Offenses and Punishments Aboard the Ethan Allen," in Civil War History 23, 1 (March 1977): 69-79.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Charles Apfelbaum Books of Watchung, N.J., in March 2009 (Acc. 101067).
Additional Descriptive Resources
Some of the biographical information was taken from "Harry Stanley's Mess Book: Offenses and Punishments Aboard the Ethan Allen," in Civil War History 23, 1 (March 1977): 69-79.
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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Harry Stanley was born Tufton K. Stanley, on 2 September 1832 in Boston, Mass. He first enlisted in the United States Navy in 1855 and then reenlisted on 21 September 1861. He was made master-at-arms, the chief disciplinary officer on board the USS Ethan Allen, on 24 August 1863, and left the ship on 14 June 1865 as a yeoman. He died on 15 February 1890 in Boston, Mass.

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The collection contains the mess book of Harry Stanley, the master-at-arms for the USS Ethan Allen. The beginning of the book lists the sailors on the ship, divided into the eight different messes with which they ate. The second part of the book is a list of disciplinary actions taken against crew members of the ship, listed by date. Typical entries contain the name of the crew member who was punished, the event for which they were punished, the dates on which they were punished and released, and by whom they were released. There are also drawings of the various semaphore flags and their meanings, a penciled copy of the list of members of the eight different messes, and a list of all money received and spent by Stanley on behalf of the USS Ethan Allen. There are also photocopies of Harry Stanley's pension; his discharge; and a few documents relating to the widow's pension of his wife, Margaret Stanley.

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Contents list

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8 items.
Folder 1

Mess book #05414-z, Series: "Harry Stanley Mess Book and Other Papers, 1863-1865." Folder 1

Folder 2

Other papers #05414-z, Series: "Harry Stanley Mess Book and Other Papers, 1863-1865." Folder 2

Contains photocopies of Harry Stanley's pension; his discharge; and a few documents relating to the widow's pension of his wife, Margaret Stanley.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Benjamin Bromley, March 2009

Encoded by: Benjamin Bromley, March 2009

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