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Douglas French Forrest memorandum book and travel diaries

Douglas French Forrest memorandum book and travel diaries, 1862-1865, 1871
Douglas French Forrest memorandum book and travel diaries
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1862-1865, 1871
Memorandum book, 1862-1865, and travel diaries, 1871, of Douglas French Forrest (1837-1902). The memorandum book includes accounts, 28 October 1862 - 1 February 1863, and journal entries, 27 May-9 September 1863 and 14 December 1864-24 February 1865, documenting Forrest's service in the Confederate States Navy, including service on the commerce raider Rappanhannock, based in Europe. The travel diaries consist of four volumes, 20 January-27 February 1871, 28 March-21 April 1871, 28 April-14 June 1871, and 12 June-3 August 1871, documenting his trip to Europe and the "Holy Land" in 1871. These diaries are punctuated with foreign phrases and very personal thoughts. They are quite descriptive and paint a vivid and contemporary picture of the countries he visited and people he encountered
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Also available on Misc. reel 885 (LVA accession 28307).
Biographical or historical data
Douglas French Forrest (17 August 1837-May 1902) was the son of Captain French Forrest, U.S.N. and C.S.N., and his wife Emily Douglas Simms. Biographical sketches are to be found in Horace Edwin Hayden's VIRGINIA GENEALOGIES (Washington, 1931) p. 344 and Edwin Gardner Weed’s IN MEMORIAM. REV. DOUGLAS FRENCH FORREST... (Winchester, Virginia, 1902). On 17 April 1861 he was commissioned Second Lieutenant in Company H, 17th Regiment, Virginia Infantry. He was detached from this unit in December 1861, and detailed on the staff of General J. R. Trimble. His naval career began 18 March 1862 when he was commissioned as an assistant paymaster. He served at the Wilmington station, in 1862, and Richmond station, 1862-1863. Following this service he was sent abroad to Calais, France, as one of a company of officers and men to man the C.S.S. Rappahannock. The ship was held at Calais throughout the remainder of the Civil War. Forrest was released by the French in April, 1865, and returned to the United States via Cuba, St. Thomas, landing in Galveston, Texas. He subsequently became a minister of the Protestant Episcopal Church (1874).
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Douglas French Forrest memorandum book and travel diaries
  • The Library of Virginia
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Use microfilm (Misc. reel 885)
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Fleet, Clifford B.
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