Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Log Book of the Steamship Neptune , 1865

James S. Schoff Civil War Collection

Finding aid created by
Rob S. Cox, March 1994

Summary Information
Title: Log Book of the Steamship Neptune
Creator: Brown, Thomas
Inclusive dates: 1865
Extent: 52 pages
Log Book of the Steamship Neptune records the ship's activities to supply Union Soldiers in Atlantic forts.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site:

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1993. M-2965.2.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


Copyright status is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Log Book of the Steamship Neptune , James S. Schoff Civil War Collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan.


Brown, Thomas

Rank : Captain

Regiment : United States Navy

Service :1863-1865

The Steamship Neptune , a screw-driven ship of 1,243 tons and 11 guns, was purchased by the U.S. Navy in 1863-64 and apparently placed under the command of Thomas Brown. In January 1865, the Neptune left New York Harbor for City Point, Va., and thereafter operated between various ports in Virginia, the Carolinas, Florida and Louisiana through the end of the summer, transporting mules, ambulances and other equipment. At the war's end, the Neptune assisted in transporting troops and materiel back home and in carrying cotton from Louisiana.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The log of the Neptune is almost devoid of action, consisting of brief entries giving information on the location of the ship with even briefer commentary on its activities. It provides some information, however, on the supply side of the war and the activities of the Navy both in supplying soldiers in the Atlantic forts during the closing months of the war and in assisting in the return of troops home. Toward the end of the volume are a copy of the will of Capt. David Baxter (d. 1855) and a poem, "Main Street as it was."

Subject Terms

    • Baxter, David, d. 1855.
    • Neptune (Steamship)
    • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Naval operations.
    • United States. Navy--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Volume   1  
    Log Book of the Steamship Neptune ,  1865 January 22-September 9 [series]