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The American Civil War changed the foundations of naval warfare forever. Advances in technology meant the conflict saw the first-time use of ironclad ships and submarines, as well as the introduction of newer and more powerful naval artillery.

Naval warfare is not normally acknowledged as a key part of the Civil War as the Confederate Navy only had a few ships and was blockaded by the Union for the entire war. This collection consists of nearly 18,000 records that list a sailor’s name, city of birth, year of birth, age, height, complexion (race), occupation, place of enlistment, date of enlistment, rating, and ship name. It even includes the records of a number of sailors who served on the USS Monitor, the first ironclad warship of the US Navy.