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John C. Beaumont Journal


The Journal records the activities and events of Commander Beaumont from the time he reported to Admiral Paulding on 15 October 1862 for passage on the Steamer Massachusetts to Port Royal to take command of the U.S.S. Sebago on blockade duty with the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron and continues with his service on the Passaic class monitor, Nantucket, through 18 November 1863.
The activities of the ship's commander common to the post are carefully recorded including ship movements, weather and changes of personnel and their duties. All the names of personnel assigned aboard or departing for other duty are recorded as well as all punishments and courts martial of individuals are also included detailing their crimes and rules infractions.
The names of all other vessels contacted or observed are included. These include those supplying provisions, bringing prisoners, exchanging crew, etc. as well as those exchanging signals. Every signal given or received is recorded by code number.
The portion of the Journal which records Commander Beaumont's service on the Nantucket gives important information about the blockade of Charleston, S.C. and the shelling of Fort Wagner in July 1863. The number and type of shells fired was carefully recorded. The Nantucket was hit twice, wounding two sailors.
The September 1863 capture of a prize, the English Steamer Jupiter headed for Savannah by the U.S.S. Cimarron is detailed.


Beaumont, John Colt, 1821-1882



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  1. MS0409-BeaumontJournal.pdf
  2. Beaumont Journal Transcription DRAFT.pdf