The Resource French Forrest order books and letter books, (microform)

French Forrest order books and letter books, (microform)

Label
French Forrest order books and letter books, 1861-1864.
Title
French Forrest order books and letter books
Inclusive dates
1861-1864.
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Order books, 1861-1862, of French Forrest, commandant of the Confederate States Navy Yard at Gosport, Virginia, containing orders and correspondence concerning the day-to-day operations of the Navy Yard and the Naval Hospital, including movement of supplies and personnel, coordination of efforts with the Army and civilian authority, and patrols to watch the Union Navy. Forrest also exercised general supervision over alterations to the "Merrimac" which transformed it into the ironclad "Virginia." Both books contain indexes and the second volume is a letter-press book. There are indications that both volumes were consulted in the preparation of the OFFICIAL RECORDS OF THE UNION AND CONFEDERATE NAVIES. To what extent the contents of the volumes are printed in the O.R. has not been determined
  • Letter books, 1863-1864, of French Forrest (1796-1866) of the Confederate Navy commanding the James River Squadron and Station concerning day-to-day operations of the squadron, including personnel, supply, and ordnance matters. Also orders and correspondence concerning the observation of the movements of the Union Army and Navy up the James River. There are indications that both volumes were consulted in the preparation of the OFFICIAL RECORDS OF THE UNION AND CONFEDERATE NAVIES. To what extent the contents of the volumes are printed in the O.R. has not been determined
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  • Accessioned
  • Described
Additional physical form
Also available on microfilm (Misc. reel #6081).
Biographical or historical data
French Forrest was born in St. Marys County, Maryland in 1796. On 9 June 1811 he was appointed midshipman in the United States Navy. Forrest was promoted to lieutenant 5 March 1817 and commander 9 February 1837. On March 30, 1844 he was commissioned captain in the U.S. Navy and held that rank until he received a commission from the state of Virginia 19 April 1861. Forrest then received a commission in the Confederate Navy 11 June 1861. He commanded the Norfolk Navy yard and Station from April 1861-March 1862, served as chief of the bureau of orders and detail, 1862-1863, and commanded the James River Squadron, 1863-1864. Forrest was paroled 28 April 1865 at Greensboro, North Carolina. Forrest died 22 November 1866.
Cataloging source
Vi
Location of other archival material
  • Forrest Family Daybook, 1845-1899 (LVA accession 26387, miscellaneous microfilm 884).
  • French Forrest Military Commissions, 1861 (LVA accession 24770).
Label
French Forrest order books and letter books, (microform)
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  • The Library of Virginia
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Inventory
Extent
  • 4
  • 1
Governing access note
For preservation purposes, please serve microfilm (Misc. reel 6081)
Immediate source of acquisition
  • Fleet, Rutherfoord
  • Fleet, Rutherfoord
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001545258
Type of unit
  • v. (526 leaves and 288 p.)
  • reel.

Library Locations

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