Project Civil War Bluejackets: Race, Class and Ethnicity in the United States Navy, 1861-1865 will include the creation of newly digitized muster rolls – registers of the officers and men on Union Naval vessels.
118,000 or so common sailors served in the US Civil War for the Union; 30 percent were British or Irish, and 15 percent were African Americans.
One Reply to “Why would Northumbria University, Newcastle, research US Civil War sailors?”
This will likely be a fascinating topic for many Americans. However, the first thing that came to my mind was the slant given on the subject by the title which tells me that the author doesn’t really understand that much about the US Civil War. The Blue Jackets were Union naval men not United States naval men. They likely had their counterparts in the Confederate navy.