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Collection Number: 00723

Collection Title: James Hamilton Tomb Papers, 1855-1936

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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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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 350 items)
Abstract James Hamilton Tomb was the chief engineer in the Confederate and Brazilian navies and an officer of the Norfolk and Western Railroad. The collection contains the papers of two generations of naval officers. Papers of James Hamilton Tomb (died after 1900) of Florida include his memoirs of the Civil War when he was a chief engineering officer in the Confederate navy; correspondence (partly in Portuguese) while a Brazilian navy officer, 1866-1867, and recollections and manuscript drawings of a torpedo which sank a Brazilian warship; and postwar correspondence about Civil War naval actions with former Confederate and Union navy officers and other interested persons. The Civil War papers especially concern Confederate torpedoes and the submarines used in the attempt to break the Charleston blockade. Other papers include various records of the naval service of his sons, captains William Victor Tomb (died 1941) and James Harvey Tomb (died 1946), including a diary, 1917-1918, of W. T. Tomb while on convoy duty in the Atlantic during World War I.
Creator Tomb, James Hamilton, 1839-1929.
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 James Hamilton Tomb Papers, #723, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Memoirs have been published in part in the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion.
Typed copy of memoirs in folder 5 available on microfilm.
Acquisitions Information
1935 and 1941
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
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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James Hamilton Tomb was the chief engineer in the Confederate and Brazilian navies and an officer of the Norfolk and Western Railroad.

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The collection contains the papers of two generations of naval officers. The papers of James Hamilton Tomb (died after 1900) of Florida include his memoirs of the Civil War when he was a chief engineering officer in the Confederate navy; correspondence (partly in Portuguese) while a Brazilian navy officer, 1866-1867, and recollections and manuscript drawings of a torpedo which sank a Brazilian warship; and postwar correspondence about Civil War naval actions with former Confederate and Union navy officers and other interested persons. The Civil War papers especially concern Confederate torpedoes and the submarines used in the attempt to break the Charleston blockade. Other papers include various records of the naval service of his sons, captains William Victor Tomb (died 1941) and James Harvey Tomb (died 1946), including a diary, 1917-1918, of W. T. Tomb while on convoy duty in the Atlantic during World War I.

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Contents list

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About 350 items.
Folder 1a

Original finding aid #00723, Series: "James Hamilton Tomb Papers, 1855-1936." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1855-1899 #00723, Series: "James Hamilton Tomb Papers, 1855-1936." Folder 1

Folder 2

1900-1915 #00723, Series: "James Hamilton Tomb Papers, 1855-1936." Folder 2

Folder 3

1916-1919 and undated #00723, Series: "James Hamilton Tomb Papers, 1855-1936." Folder 3

Folder 4

Writings #00723, Series: "James Hamilton Tomb Papers, 1855-1936." Folder 4

Folder 5

Confederate Naval memoirs (typescript) #00723, Series: "James Hamilton Tomb Papers, 1855-1936." Folder 5

Folder 6

Confederate Naval memoirs (manuscript) #00723, Series: "James Hamilton Tomb Papers, 1855-1936." Folder 6

Folder 7

Genealogy; family history; biography #00723, Series: "James Hamilton Tomb Papers, 1855-1936." Folder 7

Folder 8

Folder number not used #00723, Series: "James Hamilton Tomb Papers, 1855-1936." Folder 8

Extra Oversize Paper XOP-723/1

Map of Indian Ocean and surrounding lands, 1934(?) #00723, Series: "James Hamilton Tomb Papers, 1855-1936." XOP-723/1

The map is titled "Peninsular   Oriental Steam Navigation Company Track Chart." On the back is written "'Sea-going' funeral held for J. H. Tomb, Jr. from S. S. Ranchi, 18 Aug. 1834. Age 29 yrs."

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James Hamilton Tomb in Confederate Navy uniform #00723, Series: "James Hamilton Tomb Papers, 1855-1936." P-723/1

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James Hamilton Tomb, age 91 #00723, Series: "James Hamilton Tomb Papers, 1855-1936." P-723/2

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Monument, erected by James H. Tomb, to the torpedo boat "David" #00723, Series: "James Hamilton Tomb Papers, 1855-1936." P-723/3

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Man in Confederate uniform, identified on back as "Wells, W. S., 2d Asst Eng U.S.N." #00723, Series: "James Hamilton Tomb Papers, 1855-1936." P-723/4

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Photograph of a painting of the German submarine U-103, "shown in sinking condition immediately after having been rammed by H.M.S. Olympic off the south coast of Ireland, 3:50 A.M. 12 May 1918." #00723, Series: "James Hamilton Tomb Papers, 1855-1936." P-723/5

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Photograph of the "U.S. Destroyer McCall taking oil in a gale in the middle of the Atlantic, Sep. 22, 1917." #00723, Series: "James Hamilton Tomb Papers, 1855-1936." P-723/6

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Captain William Victor Tomb in Confederate Navy uniform #00723, Series: "James Hamilton Tomb Papers, 1855-1936." P-723/7

Folder 9

Pamphlets and clippings #00723, Series: "James Hamilton Tomb Papers, 1855-1936." Folder 9

Folder 10

James Harvey Tomb, 1917-1946 #00723, Series: "James Hamilton Tomb Papers, 1855-1936." Folder 10

Folder 11

William Victor Tomb war diary, 1917-1918 #00723, Series: "James Hamilton Tomb Papers, 1855-1936." Folder 11

Folder 12

William Victor Tomb communications, 1 December 1917-5 August 1918 #00723, Series: "James Hamilton Tomb Papers, 1855-1936." Folder 12

Folder 13

William Victor Tomb, 1935-1938 #00723, Series: "James Hamilton Tomb Papers, 1855-1936." Folder 13

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, March 2011

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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