M 0945


[Note:  Only those portions of this series that seemed likely to contain reference to CONSTITUTION have been researched.]


Roll 2 (12 May 1857 -20 Apr 1863)


To Commander Thomas T. Craven, USS Plymouth, 13 Jun 1859:


            "…the Practice Ship will be somewhat crowded in consequence of the additional number of Actg. Midn. who will make the cruise by order of the Navy Department…"


To SecNav, Washington, DC, 27 Sep 1859:


            "I respectfully submit the following suggestion to the Department, in regard to embarking a portion of the Acting Midshipmen on board the Practice Ship Plymouth, for instruction.--

            "The members of the 4th Class, 21 in number, who have been put back, in their studies, have had one year at the Academy, & in the opinion of the Academic Board can be motivated on shore separately from the rest of the 4th Class.--  I propose that they shall remain in quarters.--

            "I would suggest that all the new appointments which may be eighty five in number, be placed on board the Ship.--  This will make the total number of Acting Midn at the Academy 202.--  Should it be found that the ship will accommodate a greater number I shall report the fact to the Department.--

            "The additional bulk heads, & sashes in the light ports which will be needed on board the ship, will cost at the outside six hundred dollars, & I propose to put them up at the Academy.--  The time required will be four weeks, I would therefore suggest that the new appointments be directed to report on the 1st of November.--  These bulkheads can be transferred to a larger ship should such one be substituted for the 'Plymouth.'--

            "A small scow say 30 x 11 feet will be needed, also a water tank, to contain about 2000 of water.--  I would suggest that these be built at Norfolk or Washington, & sent to the Academy.--  The expense of them will be very slight.--


            "*  The estimates for the Naval Academy for the current fiscal year, were not made in view of any such charges, & the funds remaining are barely sufficient to keep the establishment in repair for the rest of the year.--  I would therefore ask that whatever is done to the Plymouth, may be chargeable to another appropriation.--.."


To Captain Franklin Buchanan, Washington Navy Yard, 1 Oct 1859:


            Understands he has been authorized to build a water tank for the Academy.  "The tank is intended to transfer water from the shore to the Practice Ship Plymouth, and should be made of iron -- flat, so as to draw but little water, and to have capacity for twelve hundred gallons.--  It should also be provided with strong row-locks for four Sweeps.--  It will be much needed about the 1st of November.--"


To Captain Charles H. Bell, Norfolk Navy Yard, 3 Oct 1859:


            Forwards a drawing and description of the scow to be built for the Academy, and notes it is desired by 1 Nov.


To Commander Thomas T. Craven, USS Plymouth, 14 Oct 1859:


            "You will be pleased to see that all things are in readiness, as far as practicable, for the reception of the Acting Midshipmen on board the Plymouth on the 24th inst.-- .They will be required to mess on board, and all arrangements for this purpose must be made in due time.--  If the scow is not received from Norfolk in time, a temporary arrangement for communicating between Ship and Shore must be made by means of boats.--"


To SecNav, Washington, DC, 14 Oct 1859:


            Needs 1 steward, 1 cook, and 8 landsmen to attend to the care and feeding of midshipmen aboard the practice ship, as well 1 cabin servant for the officers stationed on board.  Requests permission to recruit in Baltimore.


To SecNav, Washington, DC, 19 Nov 1859:


            "From information which I have received from the Department I fear a greater number of Actg Midn will be sent to the Academy than can be properly accommodated on board the Plymouth, having due regard to their health and the necessary means and appliances for conducting the duties of study and instruction. -

            "There are now fifty-three young gentlemen on board the Ship, and it is understood that seventy Candidates more will be authorized to present themselves for admission.-  Of those fifty-five will probably be admitted, which will make the whole number on board 108, or about 25 more than can properly be accommodated.-

            "While a larger Ship would afford abundant accommodation for all the Acting Midshipmen that the Department may desire to appoint, it would also give better security for health, and suitable space for Study and instruction.-"


To SecNav, Washington, DC, 9 May 1860:


            "I beg to state to the Department that if it is intended to substitute a larger ship for the 'Plymouth' as a school ship it would in my opinion be very necessary that she should arrive at Annapolis as soon after the 1st of June as possible.-  The fittings of the Plymouth will be very carefully removed in a few days will answer for a larger ship & save very considerable expense.-"


To SecNav, Washington, DC, 23 May 1860:


            "…I desire to retain Lt. Wyman at the Academy during the absence of the Practice Ship to assist me in preparing the Constitution for the reception of the next 4th Class, and also, Lt McGunnegle, the only other officer attached to the Executive Department, to aid me in the numerous duties that devolve upon the Superintendent during the time that the Academy is being put in a proper state for the commencement of Academic studies in October…"


To Chief of Ordnance and Hydrography, Washington, DC, 13 Jul 1860:


            "I beg to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 12th inst. together with a copy of one from the Secretary of the Navy, authorizing the construction of lockers in the Constitution by contract.-  I would state that these lockers will not probably cost over two hundred dollars, & that it will be impossible to explain to a carpenter precisely how they should be constructed until the ship arrives, and that other fittings will be required such as accommodations for washing, port sashes, coverings for hatches &c, all of which will be devised by the Superintendent on board the Ship in consultation with a carpenter, & which it will be extremely difficult to make a contract for, particularly as we have much material on hand from the Plymouth which will be worked in.-  The public exigencies certainly require that the ship should be completely ready for the reception of the appointees of this year (which I am informed will be one hundred and forty in number) by the 20th day of next September, otherwise confusion, & delay in studies which will be extremely detrimental to the Academy will certainly ensue.-  I would ask if under these circumstances, the ship cannot be prepared by the Carpenter now employed at the Academy.-  I beg also to state, that in suggesting that a frigate should be sent to the Academy, I have always contemplated that she should be fitted with a light spar deck, with out which, there will be a great deficiency of accommodation.-

            "My experience last year with the 'Plymouth' satisfied me fully of the necessity of this.-  With such a deck, there can be four study rooms, four recitation rooms provided, which will give both the professors & the young gentlemen a fair opportunity to fulfill all the requirements of the regulations in regard to recitations & study.-  Without the deck they will not have  such an opportunity.-

            "The number of Actg Midn during the next Academic year will exceed three hundred, & I would submit that their success at the institution depends in a great measure upon their being suitably accommodated for study, & recitation.-  I therefore respectfully suggest that on the arrival of the Ship, carpenters be sent from Washington to put a light spar deck upon her with as little delay as possible, & that I be authorized to cause her to be properly fitted in other respects by  the carpenters now employed at the Academy.-"


To Lieutenant Stephen B. Luce, Naval Academy, 20 Jul 1860:


            Orders him to Portsmouth, NH, for temporary duty in Constitution for her passage to Annapolis.  [Similar orders were issued to Lieutenant Wilson McGunnegle.]


To Commander Raphael Semmes, Lighthouse Board, Washington, DC, 3 Aug 1860:


            "I beg leave to state to the L. H. Board that of the two buoys which mark the channel of this harbor, the one off 'Horn Point' is gone & the other off ' Green berry's Point' is so much out of position, that the 'Plymouth' on leaving the port recently ran aground & was detained 24 hours.-

            "The 'Constitution' is soon expected here & it would be a great convenience if these buoys could be attended to.-"


To Lieutenant George W. Rodgers, New York Navy Yard, 31 Jul 1860:


            “Although you are so eligibly situated in regard to duty, it has occurred to me that you may perhaps be willing to give the Naval Academy the benefit of your professional abilities, by taking command of our school ship which is to be the ‘Constitution.’  I think it is the intention of the Dept to give to the Comdr of the ship the position of Lt Comdt though of this I am not certain.-  There will be two, & probably three Lts attached to her, exclusive of the Comdg officer.  The 4th or junior class of Actg Midn are quartered on board of her where they receive their first instruction in seamanship gunnery.-  Unfortunately there would be no quarters at the Academy for you except the cabin of the ship which will be very completely fitted up, & furnished.  Will you have the goodness to give me a line telling me whether you feel at all like taking this position which is certainly  one of great importance, & in which you I am sure could consider very valuable service which would be appreciated by the Department, & the Navy at large.  Until the matter is decided will you please treat this as a confidential communication.”


To Lieutenant George W. Rodgers, New York Navy Yard, 3 Aug 1860:


            “I have your note of the 2d,  & hasten to say that there was no mistake on my last.  Your brother comes here as I am unofficially informed in Oct next as Comdt of Midn which is the 2d position at the Acad’y.  The 3d position that of Comdt of the School Ship I proposed you should fill if it becomes vacant.  I think it very probably will.-

            “You will understand that this position is subordinate to that of Comdrt of Midn.  The school ship is a branch of the Acad’y, & her Comdt is charged with the maintenance of discipline & instruction of seamanship & gunnery, on board her under the general regulations of the Acad’y, but his responsibility is immediately to the Comdt of Midn.  If I understood you rightly you are willing to take this situation if it is offered to you.”


To Lieutenant George W. Rodgers, New York Navy Yard, 7 Aug 1860:


            “I have just received your favor of the 6th, & hasten to explain more fully the nature of the position at the Acad’y which I proposed you should fill.-

            “Heretofore the Actg Midn have always been accommodated in quarters on shore, but last year it was decided to increase the number very considerably.  I proposed that the new appointees should be quartered on board the Practice Ship ‘Plymouth” to which the Dept assented.  The ship was accordingly secured at a convenient distance from oour wharf, her gun deck was arranged into study & recitation rooms.  Steam for heating was carried on board her, by pipes sustained by piles, & gas for lighting in the same way, three Lts & several forward officers were attached to her, with about twenty years service & 96 midshipmen quartered on board her.  Their mess arrangements neing attended to by the purveyor or steward of the Acad’y.  Thus easy communication with the ship was established; the professors went to & fro without difficulty, the recitations were always heard regularly, & at certain hours in the day the [?] young gentlemen were drilled in the manual of arms, were exercised at the guns, and aloft, in boats, &c &c.

            “Lt Wyman the senior officer had charge of the ship, under the Supdt & Comdt of midshipmen, & made his daily reports through the Comdt of Midn.

            “The experiment [held this far to be] successful, though the ‘Plymouth’ was too small.  The Constitution is now coming here to be [?] as a school ship, while the Plymouth or some other sloop will, I take it, be the practice ship which the Comdt of Midn is an officer, the Comdr.-

            “The Sec’y told me in passing [?] the school ship some time ago, that in view of the great importance of the duties which has [sic] devolved upon the Comdg officer of her, he sh’d probably make it a Lt Comdg position – it is this position which I desire you to fill.  It has hitherto been filled by Lt Wyman, but he has applied for sea service or a [?] kind & tells me it is uncertain whether he shall get it or not.  If he is detached he tells me it will be about the 25th of this month, when it will be necessary the place should be filled immediately.  I without that the [?] officers of the school ship would not go to sea in the practice ship.  Her services at the Acad’y during the recess would be needed.

            “One thing more.  It has been suggested to attach to the Acad’y a small propeller to cruise occasionally in the Bay for the instruction of the boys.  If this plan is carried out I should suppose this would be an additional duty for the comdt of the school ship.”


To Lieutenant Wilson McGunnegle, USS Constitution, Annapolis, MD, 21 Aug 1860:


            Authorizes him a week's leave if "Lieut Commdg Porter" agrees.


To Chief, Bureau of Ordnance & Hydrography, Washington, DC, 22 Aug 1860:


            "One hundred and twenty hammocks will be required for the Acting Midshipmen, in addition to those now on board the 'Constitution.'-  They should be provided with Manilla [sic] lashings, iron clew rings of bamboo line.-…"


To SecNav, Washington, DC, 25 Aug 1860:


            "Twenty five men will be necessary on board the school ship Constitution being the same number which was allowed the Plymouth last year.-  I respectfully ask authority to retain six of her present crew, the others to be made up on the arrival of the Plymouth.-"


To SecNav, Washington, DC, 28 Aug 1860:


            "I beg leave to state to the Department that it is extremely desirable that an officer should be ordered to the Naval Academy with as little delay as possible to supply the place of Lieut. Wyman just detached.-  His position is that of executive officer of the school ship and he is now superintending her preparation for the reception of the 4th Class on the 20th proximo.-

            "I beg to remark that the position held by Lieut. Wyman is a very important one in the Academy.-  The discipline of the school ship is dependent upon the manner in which the officer who holds it performs his duties & the new appointees to the institution receive their first impressions of discipline & subordination from him & the officers immediately under his orders.-  Lieutenant Samuel Marcy would be a very suitable officer for the service & I respectfully ask he may be ordered.-  As he has been recently detached from the Academy, I should ask for him were I not strongly impressed with the importance of having the place filled by an officer in every respect suitable for the duty.-"


"PS  I beg to add that as Lieut. Wyman is not required to report for the Richmond until the 25th September & his services at this moment are particularly important important [sic] on board the 'Constitution' he volunteers to remain on duty on board of her a few days longer.-  I trust this arrangement will be approved by the Department.-"


To Lieutenant Stephen B. Luce, Naval Academy, 30 Aug 1860:


            Orders him to take Constitution's passage crew to Pennsylvania in Norfolk and return.  Boatswain Whitmarsh will assist.


To Boatswain Zachariah Whitmarsh, USS Constitution, Annapolis, MD, 30 Aug 1860:


            Ordered to accompany Lieutenant Luce in delivering passage crew to Norfolk.


To Lieutenant George W. Rodgers, New York Navy Yard, 2 Sep 1860:


            “In reply to your favor of the 31st ultra I hasten to say that as by the current pay bill ‘Lts Commanding at sea’ only are entitled to the pay of  Lts Cimdg I, upon receipt of your note of the 13th relinquished the hope of having you here in command of the ‘Constitution.’  The intimation of the Sec’y that he should give to Comdg officer the position of Lt Comdg was unofficial but when the class is on board, & organized, I shall ask him to do so, & to make the officer a member of the Academic Board.  If this is assented to, he will hold the position to which his responsibilities entitle him.  I shall be extremely glad if you would apply for the place, & so inform me.  There is no officer in the Navy with whom I should prefer to yoou in that important position.  The ship is ready.  If you are to live on board, you would have furniture, servants, & lights.  Her cabin is beautiful…”


To SecNav, Washington, DC, 5 Sep 1860:


            Requests that Lieutenant G. W. Rodgers be ordered to the Academy to succeed Lieutenant Wyman.

            "I feel sure that Lieut. Rodgers would perform the delicate & important duties of Comdg Officer of the Constitution very ably, & as the discipline of the Academy, so essentially depends upon having a suitable officer in that position, I trust the Department will see fit to confide them to the Officer I name.--"


To Chief, Bureau of Ordnance and Hydrography, Washington, DC, 5 Sep 1860:


            Forwards estimates of Naval Academy financial needs for the fiscal year ending 30 June 1862.


            "For a foot bridge to connect School Ship with the Shore                        $700.00"


            "Great inconvenience was experienced last winter in getting to and from the School Ship.--  The passage of a scow was often interrupted by rough weather and ice; the proposed bridge will obviate this difficulty."


            "For the current repairs and for the expenses of heating and lighting the School Ship $1000.00"

"The School Ship will require annually some repairs, and it is scarcely necessary to say, that t o render her useful, she must be heated and lighted.--"


To Lieutenant George Rodgers, New York Navy Yard, 11 Sep 1860:


            “I have your favor of the 8th inst,  The cabins of the ‘Constitution’ are in good order.  I know of nothing barring bedding [?] furniture & which can prevent your going on board on the 2oth with Mrs Rodgers.  Mr. Swann our pourveyor [sic] for the Acad’y would cheerfully supply you with all necessary table furniture & supply your table until you are fairly established and would do this very economically too.  I fear that our bridge will hardly be finished by the 25th but it will be nearly completed if not quite.”


To SecNav, Washington, DC, 22 Sep 1860:


            "I beg leave to say that three forward officers are very necessary on board the 'Constitution."-  Boatswain Miller who was attached to the 'Plymouth' last winter was a very useful assistant instructor in Practical Seamanship.-  He is now in the 'Plymouth' & I would ask authority to transfer him to the Constitution when the Plymouth arrives.-  Carpenter John W. Stimson would on many accounts be a very desirable officer, & I would ask that he may be ordered.-  A Sailmaker is not necessary, & I would therefore suggest that Mr Frankland now on the 'Plymouth' be detached on her arrival.-  I shall beg to name a Gunner at a future day.-"


To SecNav, Washington, DC, 26 Sep 1860:


            "…I would now respectfully suggest that the senior Lieutenant of the School Ship, who is the immediate commanding officer of the new appointees, and whose duties are in every respect very important, should be regarded as a Lieutenant Commandant, and be a member of the Academic Board.-  although the change would give no increase of pay to the officer in question, it would, in my opinion be very advantageous to discipline, while his services upon the Academic Board would be very important to the large class under his particular charge; but it is also very desirable, in my opinion that the merits of the Acting Midshipmen in the practical branches of the profession should be passed upon by at least three Sea officers.-  At present there are but two sea officers members of the Board, and in event of a disagreement between them in reference to the comparative merits of students, the question is settled by the vote of members who are not qualified judges.-  This modification is not intended, in any manner, to change the official relations now existing between the executive officer of the School Ship and the Commandant of Midshipmen."


To Chief of Bureau of Ordnance and Hydrography, Washington, DC, 26 Sep 1860:


            Requests 3 condemned or half-worn royals and royal yards of a 3rd class sloop of war for Constitution, for instructional purposes.


To SecNav, Washington, DC, 26 Sep 1860:


            "I have the honor to inform you that the 'Constitution' is now well secured and fitted as the School Ship, and all possible attention will be paid to her preservation.-  Although admirably adapted to the purposes of her present position the Constitution would not be suitable for a Practice Ship.-  Her draught of water is so great, that she cannot enter or leave this port unless very light; and besides it would require six weeks to take out all the fittings and prepare her for sea, and the same length of time to re-move her in her present position and restore the arrangement of the School Ship, which would involve heavy expense, and a great lapse of time in the studies of the 4th class, and furthermore she is too heavy in all respects for the practical instruction of the Acting Midshipmen and would require at least one (100) hundred men more than the Plymouth while on service as a practice ship.-

            "The Plymouth is in my judgement [sic], the best ship in the Navy for a practical Ship, and is perfectly fitted for the purpose.  If it should be the pleasure of the Department to continue her at the Academy, she can be moored near the 'Constitution' and during the winter her hold can be cleansed, her rigging overhauled, and the ship put in a state to go to sea in June, by the men of that ship, involving a trifling expense of a few hundred dollars.-

            "I would respectfully recommend the adoption of this arrangement until the number of new appointments becomes so small that the 'Plymouth' would be large enough for the School Ship, and will accommodate the members of the 4th class with comfort and convenience…"


To SecNav, Washington, DC, 27 Sep 1860:


            Suggests that Plymouth can be adequately maintained at the Academy "at a very slight expense," along with Constitution.


To SecNav, Washington, DC, 29 Sep 1860:


            As originally written:

            "…The Drummer and Fifer on board the 'Plymouth' were enlisted for special service in the School Ship.  I desire to retain them for the Constitution, and respectfully request that the Department will give authority to do so.-…"


            As revised:

            "…The services of a Drummer and fifer will be much required on board the 'Constitution' and I respectfully request authority to transfer to her the two boys now employed in that capacity on board the 'Plymouth.'"


To Lieutenant Stephen B. Luce, Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, 1 Oct 1860:


            Ordered to take command of Plymouth, then to transfer to Constitution a "portion of her crew, guns, & ammunition, stores & provisions" as indicated by the Commandant of Midshipmen before proceeding to Norfolk Navy Yard.


To SecNav, Washington, DC, 6 Oct 1860:


            Submits a list of the complement necessary for Constitution.  A few more a needed than were authorized for Plymouth "last winter."




To Superintendent, Naval Academy, from Lieutenant George W. Rodgers, USS Constitution, 6 Oct 1860:


            Recommends the following crew for Constitution: 1 Boatswain's Mate, 1 Gunner's Mate, 1 Carpenter's Mate, 1 Master-at-Arms, 4 Quartermasters,      2 Captains of the Forecastle, 1 Ship's Cook, 1 Yeoman (Sloop), 1 Surgeon's Steward, 1 Officers' Steward, 1 Officers' Cook, 22 Seamen


To SecNav, Washington, DC, 9 Oct 1860:


            Reports another lieutenant or master "is much needed" in Constitution.


To Senior Flag Officer Charles Stewart, Bordentown, NJ, 10 Oct 1860:


            Forwards the following letter of this date from 4th Class midshipmen:


            "We, the undersigned in behalf of ourselves and classmates who enjoy the proud distinction of being the first junior class of Acting Midshipmen, which has been received on board this Ship [Constitution], do most respectfully invite you to confer on us the high honor of visiting and dedicating to her new position, the ship you have so ably contributed to render illustrious.-

            "When it is understood that 'Old Ironsides' has been selected as a nursery for young naval officers on account of her great name and bright history, it will seem but carrying out the original idea to have her dedicated by one, whose name if inseparably connected with her, and who is the sole survivor of those, whose services are the pride and trust of our country, and who may be regarded as the father of the profession of our adoption.-

            If, Sir, you will consent to accept our invitation, and we sincerely hope you will give it your serious consideration, it will not only be a present source of gratification to us, but it will mark an era in our lives, to which, if we are spared, we will hereafter look back with feelings of praise and pleasure.-

We have the honor to be

Yours with great respect

Charles J Barclay Actg Midn

Ernest Jefferson Dichman  " "

John Combe Pegram  " "

M Peterson Goodwyn  " "

Charles H Craven  " "

Frank Wildes  " "

Orris A Browne " "


Note: Barclay, Dichman, and Craven survived the war and had attained the rank of Lieutenant Commander by 1868; Goodwyn and Browne "went South" in February and April 1861, respectively, and both became Acting Midshipmen in the CSN.


To SecNav, Washington, DC, 11 Oct 1860:


            Reports Lieutenant Bushrod B. Taylor would like orders to Constitution.


To 4th Class Midshipmen, Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, ? Oct 1860:


            Forwards Flag Officer Stewart's 15 Oct 1860 response to their invitation:          


            "I have received your very flattering and kind invitation to visit you in your new School Ship (Old Ironsides) whose noble and glorious career has spread a halo of glory so deservedly around her - and you do me honor to remind me that I was one of the many who trod her deck on one occasion of her distinguished services.

            "It would afford me great pleasure to meet your wishes, but my short remaining time is so pressed upon by my public and domestic duties, that I am obliged to forego the honor of your distinguished invitation."


To Commander A. H. Kilty, Naval Rendezvous, Baltimore, MD, 15 Oct 1860:


            Refers as Lieutenant Rodgers as "the executive officer of the Constitution."


To Mr. Joseph Varnum, New York, NY, 29 Oct. 1860:


            "…I beg to say in reply that unless directed by the Navy Department, I have no authority whatever to institute any ceremonies upon the completion of the removal of the Naval Monument.--  We hope work may be finished before frost sets in though it is doubtful.--"


To Lieutenant George W. Rodgers, USS Constitution, Annapolis, MD, 2 Nov 1860:


            "…The conduct of Gunner Venable was highly insubordinate, but as you express yourself personally satisfied with his letter, I am willing to overlook his misconduct on this occasion.  You will however admonish him that this report is filed & that if he commits himself in a similar manner again, it will be my duty to report him to the Navy Department.-  You will please remove his suspension.-"


To Lieut. G. W. Rodgers, USS Constitution, 3 Nov 1860:


            Addresses Rodgers as "Executive Officer Constitution."


To SecNav, Washington, DC, 13 Nov 1860:


            Notes that if Lieutenant Upshur's request is granted, another officer will be needed in Constitution.


To Chief, Bureau of Ordnance and Hydrography, Washington, DC, 17 Nov 1860:


            "…the appropriation for the removal of the monument will be expended on Friday the 23d inst.--  By Saturday the 24th, it is expected that all the marble will be set, & there will then remain about eight (8) days work to be performed by the Master Mason, & one man in cleaning & finishing up.--  It thus appears that, if the work is now completed the appropriation will be exceeded by about sixty five (65) dollars.--"  Requests instructions.


To Chief, Bureau of Ordnance and Hydrography, Washington, DC, 24 Nov 1860:


            "…the Bronzed letters and lamps, belonging to the Naval Monument, were not sent to Annapolis with the other materials, and that they are now required for its completion.--"



To Chief of Bureau of Ordnance & Hydrography, Washington, DC, 29 Nov 1860:


            Forwards Lieutenant Rodgers' request that thimbles be cast for Constitution's quarterdeck breechings.


To SecNav, Washington, DC, 4 Dec 1860:


            Forwards Lieutenant Rodgers' request for authority to discharge Charles Morris.


To Chief, Bureau of Ordnance and Hydrography, Washington, DC, 6 Dec 1860:


            "…the erection of the Naval Monument, is now completed.--  The pointing of a few of the joints of the masonry was interrupted by frost, but the work can be done in a day or two, when the weather is suitable.--"


To Chief, Bureau of Ordnance and Hydrography, Washington, DC, 7 Dec 1860:


            Forwards Joseph Varnum's inquiry about a ceremony involving the Naval Monument.


To SecNav, Washington, DC, 1 Jan 1861:


            Requests authority to discharge Seaman William Murdock from Constitution, "it being impossible to make his services useful on board of her."


To SecNav, Washington, DC, 12 Feb 1861:


            Requests authority to discharge Seaman Leonard Perry from Constitution: "unfit."


To Chief of Bureau of Ordnance & Hydrography, Washington, DC, 23 Mar 1861:


            Requests 6 sections of fire hose for Constitution "as soon as practicable."


To Chief, Bureau of Ordnance and Hydrography, Washington, DC, 4 Apr 1861:


            Requests manufacture of 4 "teakel" bolts for Constitution.


To Captain Charles McCauley, Norfolk Navy Yard, 15 Apr 1861:


            Requests 6 lengths of fire hose, "copper riveted and wire bound," and a "Launch's Chain" for Constitution.


To Chief of Bureau of Ordnance and Hydrography, Washington, DC, 15 Apr 1861:


            Refers to a 12 pdr howitzer in Constitution.


To SecNav, Washington, DC, 15 Apr 1861:


            Proposes, in the event the Academy is attacked, to send the officers and midshipmen, after spiking the shore guns, and either defend her in the harbor or to New York or Philadelphia.


To SecNav, Washington, DC, 17 Apr 1861:


            Requests authority to discharge Seaman George Schrider of Constitution: unreliable.


To Lieutenant Francis B. Blake, Annapolis, MD, 23 Apr 1861:


            Report to Constitution for duty.


To Commodore Samuel L. Breese, New York Navy Yard, 24 Apr 1861:


            Requests he send via Harriet Lane 2 months' provisions for 300 men to Constitution, together with "fifty good seamen" and a frigate's bower anchor.


To SecNav, Washington, DC, 24 Apr 1861:


            "…I have…transferred the Acting Midshipmen to the Constitution and shall send her to New York under the command of Lieut. Geo. W. Rodgers, who will preserve organization and discipline until further orders…"


To SecNav, Washington, DC, 22 Apr 1861:


            "I beg leave to state that having the most reliable information that it is the determination of a great many people of the State that the 'Constitution' shall be the first ship of war to hoist the flag of the Confederate States, and as she is in a very defenceless [sic] condition, I have ordered Lieut. George W. Rodgers to take her to New York, the moment he is able to proceed to sea.-  I have asked Brig'r Gen'l Butler to furnish a small detail from his command to assist in taking her round unless the Pocahontas should arrive in time, which I very much hope will be the case.-  Her own crew consists of but twenty five men, & but for the presence of General Butler's command she would have been boarded by steamers from Baltimore last night.-…

            "I should add that the Telegraph into this place is entirely unreliable, it being in the hands of persons who communicate every thing of importance to the secession cause, to a committee of persons in this place who are devoted to it.-"


To SecNav, Washington, DC, 24 Apr 1861:


            "…the 'Constitution' is off the port in a position to cover the entrance of transports, and is doing excellent service in that way.-  I also have it in contemplation to transfer to her the acting midshipmen whenever it appears that we can not subsist them on shore.-  I took the precaution some months since to place on board her a good supply of provisions.-…"


To Lieutenant George W. Rodgers, USS Constitution, Annapolis, MD, 25 Apr 1861:


            "The public exigencies require in my opinion that I should place you in immediate command of the US Frigate 'Constitution.'  You will therefore assume the command of the ship, until the pleasure of the Navy Department is known.-

            "She will remain off this port attached to the Naval Academy until further orders.-"


To SecNav, Washington, DC, 29 Apr 1861:


            "I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 27th inst. directing the transfer of the Naval Academy to Newport, R.I….  All the Naval trophies, flags, &c which were deposited in the Lyceum of the Academy were carefully packed, & sent away in the 'Constitution.-

            "That ship is probably in New York with the students on board.-  I respectfully ask that she be ordered to take them to Newport."


To Lieutenant Commanding George W. Rodgers, USS Constitution, New York, NY, 1 May 1861:


            "…Since your departure from Annapolis, I have been ordered by the Navy Department to transfer the Academy to Fort Adams, & immediately requested that you might be directed to proceed to Newport R.I., with the Acting Midshipmen…"


To Lieutenant Commanding George W. Rodgers, USS Constitution, New York, NY, 3 May 1861:


            In pursuance of orders from the Navy Department a copy of which is enclosed you will proceed with the frigate 'Constitution' under your command to Newport R.I. & anchor as near the wharf at Fort Adams as you can consistently with convenience & safety.-

            "You will please apply to Flag Officer Breese for such additional men as may be needed, & for a steam tug if you consider one necessary.-"


From Commandant of Midshipmen C. R. P. Rodgers, Newport, RI, to Chief o Bureau of Ordnance & Hydrography, Washington, DC, 9 May 1861:


            "I have the honor to report the arrival of the Baltic at this place last evening with the material and personnel of the Naval Academy on board.-  The Constitution arrived about two hours before us.-…

            "There are no quarters at Fort Adams except in casemates, which have not been inhabited for eighteen months, they are very damp and unwholesome, and will require to be ventilated for several days before they can be occupied with safety.-  I have large fires burning in them now.-…

            "I shall keep the Midshipmen on board the School Ship for the present…"


To SecNav, Washington, DC, 13 May 1861:


            Reports the Academy transferred to Fort Adams and "this day recommenced."

            Submits recommendations of the Academic Board, including:

            "2d - That from the close of the examination [late in June] until the 20th of September next, when the new appointees will report, the exercise of the Acting Midshipmen in Seamanship, Gunnery, & the other practical branches of the profession, be unremittingly pursued on board the 'Constitution,' & that the study of French be also pursued by them during that time.-  I also propose that the Ship should occasionally be got underway.-…"

            "…The Constitution is moved next to the Fort, & in a convenient position for target practice, and the Actg Midn will remain on board of her for the present, where they will be constantly exercised during the hours prescribed by the regulations of the Commandant of Midn & the commanding officer of the 'Constitution.'   Lieuts. Simpson, Buckner, Scott, & Lull are the only Lieuts which remain attached to the Academy.-…"


To SecNav, Washington, DC, 3 Jun 1861: 


            "As it seems impossible to give the Acting Midn…the usual practice cruise this year, I respectfully propose the following distribution for it.-

            "Sixteen of the guns of the Constitution are mounted at which they will be exercised daily, in the most careful manner, target practice with shot & shell, being particularly attended to.-

            "I also propose that they be thoroughly instructed in the boat howitzer, both on shore and afloat.-  In other words, I should give to this class now  the instruction in practical gunnery, which under ordinary routine of the Academy has been deferred until the 4th year of the course.-  The infantry exercises will also be continued.-  The Ship is completely rigged, & the Acting Midshipmen can be exercised very advantageously aloft, in reefing, & furling, sending up & down top gallant yards, & top-gallant masts, & in studying, generally, the rigging of a ship.-  There are seamen, & petty officers on board of good character, who would give very useful instruction in what is commonly termed the marlinspike part of a  seaman's duties, which is very important.-

            "Finally, I propose that instruction in French should be prosecuted, and also that the professor of Navigation & Astronomy, shall instruct in the use of Nautical instruments, of tables, & as far as possible in Navigation.-…"


To Paymaster Horace M. Haskell, USS Constitution, 12 June 1861:


            Ordered to rate John R. Granger a Master's Mate from this date.


To Lieutenant Commanding C. R. P. Rodgers, Commandant of Midshipmen, Naval Academy, Newport, RI, 1 Jul 1861:


            "By order of the Navy Department the course of instruction indicated…will be pursued by the 4th class on board the 'Constitution' until the opening of the next Academic year.-…



"Three recitations per week.



"Practice instruction will be given in knotting & splicing, reeving, & fitting rigging, sending up & down yards, & masts, loosing, furling, reefing, bending, & unbending sails, & use of lead & log.  The class will also make sketches of rigging for the inspection of the instructor in Seamanship.-  These sketches will be made under the direction of the professor of drawing, & will be preserved for future inspection.--  Recitation will be made in Seamanship as often as you may direct using Nare's Naval Cadet Guide.-



"The class will be instructed as thoroughly as possible in practical gunnery, & have target practice as least twice a week, with great guns or howitzers.-  As much individual instruction as possible will be given in this branch, & every effort used to prepare each member of the class to exercise a division.-  Instruction in the boat howitzer both on shore & afloat, will be especially attended to.-  The class will make two recitations per week from the ordnance manual & Simpson's Treatise on Ordnance & Naval Gunne


"Infantry Tactics

"The class will study the 1st Vol of Hardee, including the school of the soldier, of the company, & the duty of skirmishers.-  Every effort will be used to qualify each individual of the class to instruct a division of small arm men.-         



"The use of instruments, & tables, & in general the formula of practical Navigation will be taught by the professor of Navigation & Astronomy as far as circumstances will permit…


"Broad Sword

"An exercise at least once a week, or twice if found practical."


To ?, 2 Jul 1861:


            Grants leave to Fifer William Bealer until 18 Sep.


To SecNav, Washington, DC, 15 Jul 1861:


            "…Under the present daily routine on board the 'Constitution,' from 8h to 10h AM is devoted to French & Navigation, 10h to 1h to Gunnery, 2h to 4h PM Seamanship, & the afternoons either to howitzer or infantry drill…"


To Acting Midshipman William R. Hunter, USS Constitution, 17 Jul 1861:


            Refers to "Lieut George W Rodgers," not "Lieut Comdg."


To SecNav, Washington, DC, 17 Aug 1861:


            Acknowledges decision to keep the Academy at Newport "during the coming winter."  Says he intends to continue the system of keeping the 4th class in Constitution and the older midshipmen ashore.


To Chief of Bureau of Ordnance and Hydrography, Washington, DC, 29 Aug 1861:


            "…in April last, immediately after the riots in Baltimore, & when the Naval Academy was threatened with hostilities, I deemed it most prudent to provide especially for the defence [sic] of the Constitution, which I knew was to be the main object of the attack, & therefore dismantled fort [sic] Severn with the exception of two guns mounting the rest upon the spar deck of the Ship.-…"


To seven potential contractors, 10 September 1861:


            Seeks a supply of "the best red ash anthracite coal broken & screened" for use at Atlantic House and on board Constitution.


Contract, 17 Sep 1861:


            Hires the steamer Fanny, Charles Russell, to run regular service between Newport and Fort Adams and Constitution. between 7 AM and 7 PM daily until 15 Jun 1862.


To SecNav, Washington, DC, 27 Sep 1860:


            "I would respectfully represent to the Department that Sailmaker Benjamin B. Blydenburgh of the 'Constitution' has rendered most efficient services during the past year in the training & instruction of the Acting Midn, & in various other respects.  He is a person of excellent character.  I am satisfied that he would be highly useful to the Academy as an Acting Master.  I therefore respectfully ask authority to confer that appointment upon him for duty at the Academy."


To SecNav, Washington, DC, 27 Sep 1860 [2]:


            "In obedience to the orders of the Department, the 'Constitution' has during the past summer been made the school of summer practice for the Acting Midn of the Naval Academy.  As this course of instruction was substituted for the naval practice course, the immediate discharge of it was in accordance with the Regulations of the Academy committed to the Commandant of Midn. under my general instructions a copy of which I beg to enclose, also a copy of his report.  From constant personal observation I can testify fully to the ability & zeal with which Lt. Comdg. Rodgers and the Officers associated with him have performed these important duties."


To Lieutenant Commanding George W. Rodgers, II, Commandant of Midshipmen, Newport, RI, 30 Sep 1861:


            "Whenever an Acting Midn. is transferred to the Constitution under suspension with orders to confine himself to his room or apartment, it will be understood that he is to confine himself to the Ward Room of the ship where he will be properly attended, & will govern himself in strict conformity with article 40 of the Revised Regulations.  If confinement to the guard room is ordered, he will be placed in one of the Ward Room state rooms unless he is riotous, in which case the Cock Pit will be used, and when so placed, he will be governed by article 36 of the Revised Regulations."


To SecNav, Washington, DC, 15 Oct 1861:


            "I would respectfully state with regard to Mr. Prince D'Orleans entered as a pupil of the Naval Academy that, as I have already appraised the Bureau, it was my intention that the young gentleman should be quartered on shore, but his tutor Mr. [Captain] Fauvel, who has examined very carefully the system of practical instruction now in operation on board the Constitution, assures me that it is exactly such a course as the Prince De Joinville wishes his son to pursue, and I have therefore at the special request of Mr. Fauvel, placed Mr. D'Orleans on board the ship.

            "The young gentleman is in mathematics at least two months in advance of the highest class now at the Academy, and the Professor of Mathematics will therefore give him such separate instruction in the higher branches and in practical Navigation as will be most advantageous to him."


To several officers, Newport, RI, 14 Nov 1861:


            Addresses E. P. Lull as "Lieutenant."


To SecNav, Washington, DC, 30 Nov 1861:


            Reports there are 171 4th Classmen quartered in Constitution, and that the ship "is much crowded."  Recommends no more appointments.


To SecNav, Washington, DC, 9 Dec 1861:


            I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 4th Inst., & to state in reply that by order of the Bureau of Ordnance &c of the 3d inst., I had already commenced such arrangements for an increased number of students, as seemed to me, and of the officers of the Academy, most feasible and economical.

            "I have erected at a cost of somewhat over three (300) dollars [sic] a slight building near the 'Constitution' which contains two recitation rooms, and am building a deck house upon the forecastle of the ship for the accommodation of the crew.  These arrangements, with the transfer of a portion of the 4th class to the quarters on shore, will enable the Academy to accommodate the additional appointees mentioned in your letter of the 11th ultimo, which will bring the total number of Acting Midn up to nearly three (300) hundred.--  But I beg to add that, the plan adopted by the Department of placing the Acting Midn in the outset of their academic career, on board the ship has been attended with the best possible results.--  They can there be kept in much better discipline, & as they study under constant & careful supervision, they make better use of their time; as the recitation show while they can be by far better instructed in practical branches than they can possibly be on shore.

            "If, therefore, a still larger increase is made, I respectfully suggest the expediency of attaching the 'Vermont' to the Academy."


To Chief of Bureau of Ordnance & Hydrography, Washington, DC, 27 Dec 1861:


            Considering the possibility of a further increase in the number of midshipmen,  proposes moving Virginia to a berth off Goat Island near Constitution.  Together the two ships could accommodate 600 students.  Alternatively, submits a plan to erect a building housing 300 on Goat Island.  Notes that, on ship and shore, 372 students could be accommodated at Annapolis.


To  SecNav, Washington, DC, 28 Dec 1861:


            Reports that, for defense, 5 32 and 24 pdrs have been mounted in Fort Adams bearing upon the channel and land approaches, and that 200 rounds are on hand for them.  Additionally, 13 flanking howitzers. 6-24 pdrs, are present with 1000 rounds on hand.  Staff and students have been assigned to man these guns should the need arise.  Notes that the students are, "for the most part, quartered on board the 'Constitution' secured at the wharf of 'Goat Island' opposite the town."  A guard has been stationed in the fort, and alarm guns "always ready."  More guns can be mounted if so directed, and with $5000 Fort Wolcott also can be readied.


To SecNav, Washington, DC, 8 Jan 1862:


            "…the officers of the Constitution are not entitled to credit for sea service…"


To SecNav, Washington, DC, 6 Mar 1862:


            Suggests Savannah might be assigned to the Academy in lieu of re-leasing Atlantic House for another year in view of the proven worth of Constitution in instilling discipline and study habits.


Telegram to the Superintendent from Major General George B. McClellan, 9 Mar 1862:


            Reports the rebel ironclad Merrimac has destroyed 2 frigates near Fort Monroe, and may attempt to get to sea.  "Place your post in the best possible condition for defence [sic] and do your best to stop her."


Telegram to Major General McClellan, 9 Mar 1862:


            "…every preparation in my power is made at Fort Adams.--  Heaviest ordnance, thirty two pounders."


To Lieutenants E. Simpson, E. P. Lull, and E. O. Matthews, Naval Academy, Newport, RI, 7 Apr 1862:


            Refers to Lull as "Lieut.," not "Lieut.-Com."


To SecNav, Washington, DC, 8 Apr 1862:


            Again nominates Sailmaker Benjamin B. Blydenburgh to be promoted to Master.


To Captain William L. Hudson, Boston Navy Yard, 17 May 1862:


            Requests 100 hammocks for Constitution.


To Chief of Bureau of Ordnance and Hydrography, Washington, DC, 23 May 1862:


            Notes that Constitution's 2nd cutter is fitted to accommodate a 12 pdr boat howitzer.


To SecNav, Washington, DC, 12 Sep 1862:


            Requests Gunner George Sirian be ordered to Constitution.


To SecNav, Washington, DC, 15 Sep 1862:


            Understands that Santee will be assigned to the Academy.  Requests she be sent soonest as the additional accommodations will be needed for the growing number of midshipmen.


To SecNav, Washington, DC, 13 Oct 1862:


            Reports the arrival of Santee on 11 Oct, brought down from Boston under the command of LCDR E. O. Matthews.


From Lieutenant Thomas L. Swann, USS Constitution, to Lieutenant Commander Edward L. Simpson, Commandant of Midshipmen, Naval Academy, Newport, RI, 14 Feb 1863:


            Swann identifies himself as "Actg. Ex. Off."


Roll 3


To SecNav, Washington, DC, 14 May 1863:


            The schooner America arrived for duty.


To SecNav, Washington, DC, 25 May 1863:


            Midshipman Prince Pierre D'Orleans is to receive his "certificate of proficiency in a few days."


To Lieutenant Commander Edward P. Lull, USS Constitution, 5 Jun 1863:


            Directed to consider himself the Commandant of Midshipmen and Executive Officer of the Naval Academy, and to consider John Adams, Santee, and Constitution as being under his immediate command.


To Lieutenant Commander Edward P. Lull, USS Constitution, 24 Jun 1863:


            In response to a SecNav telegram of this date, ordered to take John Adams to sea and patrol between Cape Cod and the Delaware, alert for the Confederate raider Tacony.  To return to Newport by 10 Jul.  [Letters of this date with orders to report to Lull aboard that ship also went to Gunner George Sirian and Sailmaker Benjamin B. Blydenburgh, among others.]


To SecNav, Washington, DC, 29 Jun 1863:


            Reports that John Adams received a draft of 80 landsmen from New York "yesterday," and "sailed immediately."


To Lieutenant Commander Edward P. Lull, Naval Academy, Newport, RI, 20 Jul 1863:


            Having returned with John Adams, is ordered to resume his duties in Constitution.  [Similar letter of this date sent to Acting Master's Mate David C. Miner.  John Adams  departed on 30 Jul for duty with the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron.]


To Chief of Bureau of Equipment and Recruiting, 9 Oct 1863:


            Provides listings of complements of school ships Constitution and Santee. practice ships Macedonian and Marion, and schooner America.  For each of the school ships: 1 Boatswain's Mate, 1 Gunner's Mate, 1 Carpenter's Mate, 1 Yeoman, 1 Surgeon's Steward, 1 Officers' Steward, 1 Master-at-Arms, 4 Quartermasters, 2 Captains of the Forecastle, 1 Ship's Cook, 1 Officers' Cook, and 22 Seamen.


To SecNav, Washington, DC, 12 Nov 1863:


            Reports the organization of the Academy as follows:

            Total number of midshipmen: 463

Those with the highest standing - 208 - quartered in Atlantic House; the remainder in Santee and Constitution, the 4th Class in the latter .

            Macedonian, which is fully armed but with only a security crew, is moored near the school ships.  The midshipmen have battle stations in her and are

exercised at the regularly.

Marion is employed as the training site for shipboard routine, with the midshipmen divided into 4 "crews" that man her and stand watches, etc.,

in rotation.  Will be used for underway drills in the spring.

A steamer is needed to teach steam engineering adequately.


To SecNav, Washington, DC, 1 Dec 1863: 


            Requests permission to provide quarters to "the forward officers of the School Ships who are excluded from their proper quarters by the arrangements made for the accommodation of the Midshipmen,,,"


To SecNav, Washington, DC, 18 Mar 1864:


            Requests permission to appoint Captain's Clerks for each of the School Ships.


To Carpenter Henry P. Leslie, Annapolis, MD, 22 Mar 1864:


            Requests information of condition of various buildings and facilities at the Naval Academy so that early plans may be made for the school's return to its regular quarters.  First question: "Is the Army wharf strong enough to secure frigate to.--  What is its general condition."


To Mr. Joseph B. Burgess, USS Constitution, 29 Mar 1864:


            Appoints him Captain's Clerk in that ship.


To Chief, Bureau of Equipment and Recruiting, Washington, DC, 30 Mar 1864:


            Hammock nettings "very much needed" in Constitution and Santee.


To Chief, Bureau of Equipment and Recruiting, Washington, DC, 1 Apr 1864:


            Constitution requires 3 dozen hickory brooms, 8 dozen corn brooms, 2 dozen scrub brooms, 1 coil of 21 thread ratting stuff, 1 coil of 18 thread ratting stuff, 1 coil of 9 thread seizing stuff, 1 coil of housing stuff, 2 dozen paint brushes of assorted sizes,  2 dozen "Bath Brick" for brightwork, and 3 gross assorted screws.


To Sailmaker H. T. Stocker, USS Constitution, 25 Apr 1864:


            Ordered to New York to pick up trophy flags lent to the Metropolitan Fair and return.


To Sailmaker H. T. Stocker, USS Constitution, 26 May 1864:


            Ordered to take trophy flags to Philadelphia for display at the Great Central Fair and return.     


To Chief, Bureau of Construction and Repair, Washington, DC, 1 Jun 1864:


            Requested a dinghy for Constitution.


To Mr. James S. Miller, Providence (RI) "Journal & Bulletin," 7 Jun 1864:


            "I am informed that a man by the name of Charles Stewart has been detected in taking your boat at night.-

            "He is now in confinement on board the Constitution & will be delivered to the civil authorities by Lt. Comdr Johnson when demanded.-  I trust that you will cause him to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.-  This is the first complaint of the kind which has reached me.-"


To Paymaster C. W. Abbot, Naval Academy, Newport, RI, 15 Jun 1864:


            Directs that Yeoman William S. Slocum, be added to the rolls of Constitution this date.


To Gunner George Sirian, USS Constitution, 16 Jun 1854:


            Ordered to assist in escorting a draft of men to the New York Navy Yard, and then return.


To Lieutenant Commander P. C. Johnson, USS Constitution, 20 Jun 1864:


            "After the departure of the Practice Vessels, the morning and evening guns will be discontinued until further orders.--

            "You will be pleased to hoist up the boats which are moored astern of the 'Constitution,' except such as it is absolutely necessary to keep in the water & cause them to be protected at the davits from the sun, as much as possible, & wet inside occasionally.--"  [They sailed on the 21st with 240 midshipmen.]


To Sailmaker H. T. Stocker, USS Constitution, 20 June 1864:


            Ordered to Philadelphia to received the displayed trophy flags and return them to the Academy.


To Lieutenant C. Merchant, USS Constitution, 11 Jul 1864:


            Directs that Sailmaker Stocker be sent to the Brenton's Reef lightship in Rainbow to provide them with signal rockets to be used in the event a suspicious ship is seen.  [Concerned that the Confederate raider Florida might appear.]


To Lieutenant Commander P. C. Johnson, USS Constitution, 19 Jul 1864:


            Directs the fitting of locks on the clothes lockers on board Constitution and Santee.  Each key is to be tagged and bear the number of its locker,  "…A cent filed smooth, & stamped as described, & attached to the key by a ring, will answer very well…"  Lockers and locks to be inspected every Friday, and a report made.


To Lieutenant Commander P. C. Johnson, 29 August 1864:


            Identifies him as commanding both Constitution and Santee.


To Chief, Bureau of Equipment and Recruiting, Washington, DC, 3 Sep 1864:


            Requisitions 1 ventilating or air pump (Baumonts) for Constitution.


To Commander D. M. Fairfax, Commandant of Midshipmen, Naval Academy, Newport, RI, 22 Sep 1864:


            Noting that the Department has ordered the retention of the 1st Classmen for an additional 6 weeks of training in steam engineering and gunnery, wishes them kept out of the regular battalion organization and quartered on board Macedonian until graduation, 15 Nov.

            "… The Broad Pennant of the Comdg Officer will be shifted from the 'Constitution' to the 'Macedonian' on the 1st of October, & be worn by that ship until the Class graduates, when it will be returned to the 'Constitution.'"


To Chief, Bureau of Equipment and Recruiting, Washington, DC, 22 Sep 1864:


            Requests 24 fire buckets for Constitution.


From Lieutenant Commander P. C. Johnson, USS Constitution, to Naval Academy Superintendent, 9 Sep 1864:


            "Elisha P. Barker, Car. Mate of this Ship is in such a feeble state of health as to render him unfit for duty a greater part of the time.--  I therefore respectfully request that a medical survey may be held upon him with the view of discharging him."


To SecNav, Washington, DC, 28 Sep 1864:


            Requests authority to discharge Carpenter's Mate Elisha P. Barker as unfit for service.


To Paymaster W. Abbot, Naval Academy, Newport, RI, 5 Oct 1864:


            Discharge Carpenter's Mate Elisha P. Barker, unfit for service.


To Lieutenant Commander P. C. Johnson, "In charge of U.S. Ship 'Constitution,'" 1 Apr 1865:


            "You will convene a naval Summary Court Martial on board the U.S. Ship 'Constitution' on the 3d day of April, for the trial of John R, Harris, Landsman, & of such other persons as may be legally brought before it…"  The charge: theft aboard Constitution.


To Acting Master's Mate David C. Miner, USS Constitution, 27 May 1865:


            Ordered to New York Navy Yard to select 30 servants for the steerages of the practice ships and return with them.  [Miner returned with 17, and on 17 Jun was ordered  to New York seeking 13 more.]


To Carpenter William M. Leighton, USS Constitution, 28 May 1865:


            Ordered to Boston Navy Yard "tomorrow" for duty in USS Winnipec.


To Surgeon R. C. Dean, Naval Academy, Newport, RI, 31 May 1865:


            Ordered to hold a medical survey on Seaman Emmanuel Rodrigues of Constitution.


To Paymaster Charles W. Abbot, Naval Academy, Newport, RI, 1 Jun 1865:


            Discharge Seaman Emmanuel Rodrigues today.


To Commandant, Boston Navy Yard, 16 Jun 1865:


            The double ender monitor Winnipec arrived on the 10th.


To Mr. John W. Easby, Newport, RI, 3 Jul 1865:


            Go to Boston, New York, "or any other adjacent sea Port" and obtain the services of caulkers for Constitution and Santee.


To Lieutenant Commander P. C. Johnson, USS Constitution, 22 Jul 1865:


            Forwards new signal books for Constitution and Santee.


To Lieutenant Commander P. C. Johnson, USS Constitution, 24 Jul 1865:


            "Before the departure of the 'Constitution,' you will please report to me in writing that the uniform caps of all the officers attached to her, conform strictly to the regulation."


To Assistant Surgeon Samuel F. Shaw, Naval Academy, Newport, RI, 8 Aug 1865:


            Report aboard Constitution for duty.


To Lieutenant Commander P. C. Johnson, USS Constitution, 8 Aug 1865:


            "As soon as the 'Constitution' is ready for sea, you will proceed to Annapolis in tow of the steamer 'Mercury, [sic] Acting Master W. G. Morris, who is placed under  your orders for the service.

            "On your arrival at Annapolis, you will report to the Comdg Off at the Naval Academy, & deliver to him the accompanying communication which covers a complete inventory of the academic property shipped per the 'Constititution.'  Every precaution will be taken to secure the records of the Secretary's office & other property shipped in the vessel, from injury, by wet or any other cause.--

            "I also enclose for the information of the Commanding Officer, a copy of a report made to me by Mr John W. Easby, who superintended the repairs of the school ships 'Santee' & 'Constitution.'--…"


To Lieutenant Commander P. C. Johnson, USS Constitution, 8 Aug 1865 [2]:


            "The service of quite a number of the employes [sic] of the Naval Academy being no longer required in Newport, you will give those & their families who are directed to report to you, passage to Annapolis, Md, in the School Ship 'Constitution."


To Mr. J. B. Burgess, Bristol, RI, 20 Sep 1865:


            Accepts his 15 Sep letter of resignation as Captain's Clerk in Constitution.


To Mr. William Chase, Baltimore, MD, 20 Sep 1865:


            Appoints him Captain's Clerk in Constitution.


To Mr. Richard Swann, Commissary, Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, 4 Oct 1865:


            "You will please send me daily a bill of fare of the Midshipmen's mess on shore and also those of the Constitution and Santee."


To Commander D. M. Fairfax, Commandant of Midshipmen, Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, 6 Oct 1865:


            "You will please have the Batteries of the Santee and Constitution put in working order as soon as possible and kept with equipment etc. at hand for instruction of midn."


To Commander D. M. Fairfax, Commandant of Midshipmen, Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, 6 Oct 1865:


            "You will cause thermometers to be placed on the main decks of the 'Constitution' and 'Santee' and direct that the temperature does not exceed 74 or go below 64 --"


To Lieutenant Commander S. B. Luce, Commandant of Midshipmen, Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, 24 Oct 1865"


            "The way the two school ships are organized, Lt Comdr. Johnson stands in the position of a 2nd Comdt of Midn…"


To Passed Assistant Surgeon Joseph Hugg, et al, Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, 22 Nov 1865:


            Conduct a medical survey of Seaman Alexander Leo Sail [sic] of Constitution, "affected with fracture of the thigh 'and injury to the eye'…"


To Lieutenant Commander S. B. Luce, Commandant of Midshipmen, Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, 27 Nov 1865:


            Seaman Alexander McNeill of Constitution is to be sent to the hospital at Norfolk for treatment.


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