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Shankland, William F. (fl. 1862-1866) Log of W. F. Shankland commanding the U.S. Monitor Winnebago

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06368 Author/Creator: Shankland, William F. (fl. 1862-1866) Place Written: various places Type: Manuscript Date: 8 June 1864-17 November 1864 Pagination: 2 v. : 122 p., 113 p. ; 34.7 x 21.8 cm.

Summary of Content: There are two log books. This file was dated using the first book covering Acting Master Shankland's time on the USS "Winnebago," while the second book covers his time as a lieutenant on the USS "Guard" from March 1866 to May 1866. The USS "Winnebago" log: Note written on a preliminary leaf says that information on engagements can found on pages 9, 39, 44, 45, 46, 49, 50, 53, 57, 58, and 75. Says he reported for duty on the "Chickasaw" on 16 May 1864, but was given command of the "Winnebago" on the Red River on 24 May 1864 instead. Took command on 8 June 1864 and reported 28 sick men. Begins steaming down the Mississippi River on 9 July and is off New Orleans by 10 July. He left New Orleans on 29 July and was at sea by 31 July and was stationed off Mobile Bay by 1 August. Describes engagement in the Battle of Mobile Bay near Fort Morgan on 5 August: "opened fire on Fort Morgan enemy firing rapidly, at 8. Tecumseh was blown up and sunk by a Torpedo." Log book ends with the "Winnebago" at Mobile Bay in November. Shankland turned the ship over to Lieutenant Commander Edward B. Kirkland by order of Admiral Farragut on 17 November. Page 122 delineates his silverware, glassware, china, and crockery. The USS "Guard" log: has been given a new black cloth cover. Each day has an entry of 2 pages. One page gives weather readings while the other summarizes events of the day, which are mostly mundane reports on position and the activities of the crew. The "Guard" was off the coast of Lisbon and Belem, Portugal during the time this log book was kept. On 29 April he saw that "At 12 a salute of 21 guns was fired by the U.S. Str "Kearsarge" in honor of the inauguration of the Portuguese Constitution." Some pages were torn out or removed previously. In February 1862 Shankland was given command of the "Currituck" as acting master. In April 1863 he was in command of the "Preble," which burned in an accident involving spilled tar oil in Pensacola, Florida (the "Preble" is known for making the first successful trip to Japan). Another log book that Shankland created exists at the Library of Congress.

Background Information: In February 1862 Shankland was given command of the "Currituck" as acting master. In April 1863 he was in command of the "Preble," which burned in an accident involving spilled tar oil ...in Pensacola, Florida (the "Preble" is known for making the first successful trip to Japan). Another log book that Shankland created exists at the Library of Congress. See More

People: Shankland, W. F

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesIroncladNavySoldier's DiaryFortificationBattleConfederate States of AmericaHome FurnishingsGlobal History and CivicsForeign Affairs

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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