Robert J. Freeman CSS Atlanta pay receipt
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Robert J. Freeman CSS Atlanta pay receipt

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040. reference@atlantahistorycenter.com
Creator: Confederate States of America. Navy.
Creator: Freeman, Robert J., 1837-1873
Title: Robert J. Freeman CSS Atlanta pay receipt
Dates: 19 December 1862
Quantity: 1.0 Item(s)
Identification: ahc.MSS727f

Biographical/Historical Note

Robert J. Freeman (1837-1873) was born in Norfolk, Virginia, and was serving as an assistant surgeon in the United States Navy when the Civil War broke out. Freeman resigned his commission and accepted an appointment as assistant surgeon in the Confederate States Navy on August 20, 1861. He served on the CSS Atlanta from 1862 until the Atlanta was captured by the USS Weehawken on June 17, 1863. He served on the CSS Palmetto State from 1863-1864 and was taken prisoner when the ship was surrendered on May 4, 1865, in Mobile, Alabama. Freeman mustered out of the Confederate States Navy on May 4, 1865, and applied for a presidential pardon in June of that year. He died of yellow fever in Memphis, Tennessee, on October 22, 1873.

The CSS Atlanta was built in Scotland in 1861 as the merchant steamship Fingal and served as a blockade runner at Savannah Georgia. It was converted to an ironclad and renamed CSS Atlanta in 1862 and was captured by the USS Weehawken in 1863. The captured ship was commissioned the USS Atlanta in 1864 and supported the operations of Union General Ulysses S. Grant on the James River in Virginia.


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a pay receipt issued to Robert J. Freeman while he was serving as assistant surgeon on the CSS Atlanta.


Index Terms

Atlanta (Steam ram).
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Naval operations

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Robert J. Freeman CSS Atlanta pay receipt, MSS 727f, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, 2005

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2014.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.


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1Robert J. Freeman CSS Atlanta pay receipt, 19 December 1862 ( 1.0 Item(s) )