Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies Now Online

Fold3.com has added a new title: the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies. Like its name suggests, this collection contains the two navies’ official reports, orders, and correspondence from the Civil War. If you’re interested in the Civil War, this is the go-to title for contemporary, first-hand information about the Northern and Southern navies.

Originally compiled by the Navy Department, the Official Records of the Navies are organized into two series: Series I, with 27 individual volumes, and Series II, with 3 volumes and an index. Series I documents all wartime operations of the two navies, while Series II deals with statistical data of Union and Confederate ships, letters of marque and reprisal, Confederate departmental investigations, Navy and State department correspondence, proclamations and appointments of President Davis, and more.

You can read more in an article by Trevor Hammond in the Fold3 Blog at http://blog.fold3.com/official-records-of-the-union-and-confederate-navies.

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This has been online for free for over a decade as part of Cornell University’s Making of America collection.

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Although I greatly appreciate Fold3.com putting up these records they are not “now” online. They have been online for years at the Cornell University Library website. See http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/m/moawar/ofre.html

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The Official Records of the War of the Rebellion have also available on-line for more than a decade courtesy of the Ohio State University Library at http://ehistory.osu.edu/osu/sources/records/

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