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The Resource USS Constellation on the Dismal Coast : Willie Leonard's journal,1859-1861, edited by C. Herbert Gilliland, (electronic resource)

USS Constellation on the Dismal Coast : Willie Leonard's journal,1859-1861, edited by C. Herbert Gilliland, (electronic resource)

Label
USS Constellation on the Dismal Coast : Willie Leonard's journal,1859-1861
Title
USS Constellation on the Dismal Coast
Title remainder
Willie Leonard's journal,1859-1861
Statement of responsibility
edited by C. Herbert Gilliland
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Today the twenty-gun sloop USS Constellation is a floating museum in Baltimore Harbor; in 1859 it was an emblem of the global power of the American sailing navy. When young William E. Leonard boarded the Constellation as a seaman for what proved to be a twenty-month voyage to the African coast, he began to compose a remarkable journal. Sailing from Boston, the Constellation, flagship of the U.S. African Squadron, was charged with the interception and capture of slave-trading vessels illegally en route from Africa to the Americas. During the Constellation's deployment, the squadron captured a record number of these ships, liberating their human cargo and holding the captains and crews for criminal prosecution. At the same time, tensions at home and in the squadron increased as the American Civil War approached and erupted in April 1861. Leonard recorded not only historic events but also fascinating details about his daily life as one of the nearly 400-member crew. He saw himself as not just a diarist, but a reporter, making special efforts to seek out and record information about individual crewmen, shipboard practices, recreation and daily routine--from deck swabbing and standing watch to courts martial and dramatic performances by the Constellation Dramatic Society. This good-humored gaze into the lives and fortunes of so many men stationed aboard a distinguished American warship makes Gilliland's edition of Willie Leonard's journal a significant work of maritime history"--
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Provided by publisher
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DLC
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1837-1889
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Leonard, William Ambrose
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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Gilliland, C. Herbert
Series statement
Studies in maritime history
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Leonard, William Ambrose
  • Constellation (Frigate)
  • United States
  • United States. Navy
  • Slave trade
  • Antislavery movements
Label
USS Constellation on the Dismal Coast : Willie Leonard's journal,1859-1861, edited by C. Herbert Gilliland, (electronic resource)
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
ssj0001048432
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 413 pages)
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Access restricted to subscribing institutions
Isbn
9781611172898
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013019618
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0001048432
Label
USS Constellation on the Dismal Coast : Willie Leonard's journal,1859-1861, edited by C. Herbert Gilliland, (electronic resource)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
ssj0001048432
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 413 pages)
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Access restricted to subscribing institutions
Isbn
9781611172898
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013019618
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0001048432

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