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Union Navy in the Civil War

Index of Civil War Naval Forces Confederate and Union Ships, Ken Jones, (accessed 13 January 2012) has links to general information about the Confederate and Union navies, including bibliography, images, histories, ways to obtain records, etc.

Organization of Line Officers During the Civil War

To command Squadrons = Flag Officers

To command single vessels = Commodores, Captains, Commanders, and Lieutenants-Commanding



Passed Midshipmen



Other ratings:



1st Class Boy

3rd Class Boy

Coal Heaver

Union Navy Ships

Index of Civil War Naval Forces - Union Ships, Ken Jones, (accessed 13 January 2012) has an alphabetical list of ships with links to brief notes about the ships and pictures of some ships.

Naval Historical Center has brief histories and photos.

A. Houghton, February 19, 1862 to June 9, 1865

Abeona, April 12 to July 31, 1865

Acacia, December 8, 1863 to May 12, 1865

Adirondack, June 30 to July 19, 1862

Admiral (Fort Morgan), February 5 to October 2, 1864

Adolph Hugel, January 11, 1862 to June 17, 1865

African American Civil War Sailors

About 18,000 African American sailors served in the Union Navy during the Civil War, including more than a dozen women. This was approximately 15% of all those serving in the Navy.  They served on almost every one of the almost 700 Navy vessels.  Eight earned the Medal of Honor for their heroism.[1]

This sailors' database is name searchable. The results list gives age, complexion, occupation, and home. When the name is clidked, the personal information also gives place of birth, height, place and date of enlistment, term of enlistment, rating, date on muster records, and name of vessel.


Files in the Navy Department Library, 805 Kidder Breese SE, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DC 20374-5060. The records can only be used in the library.

Civil War - General Information
Civil War - Confederate States Navy
Civil War - Confederate States Navy Index to Shipping Articles
Civil War - Confederate Papers Concerning River Defense Fleet, Virginia Volunteer Navy Company, etc.
Civil War - Blockade Runners
Civil War - Battle of Hampton Roads
Civil War - Evansville Steamboats
Civil War - The Journal of Joshua Warren, 1861-1865 (written in 1892)
Civil War - Engagement Between USS Kearsarge and CSS Alabama
Civil War - Battle of Mobile Bay
Civil War- Capture of Plymouth, North Carolina
Civil War - Manuscript on Vermont Participants


  1. Department of the Navy, Naval History and Heritage Command, Press Release: 18,000 African American Civil War Sailors Identified, 8 November 2000, (accessed 13 January 2012).