Monday, July 14, 2014

Seavers in the News -- James T. Seaver, Master of a Civil War Vessel - Post 3

While searching for interesting tidbits in databases about Seaver persons, I ran across an article concerning James T. Seaver, Acting Master of the U.S. Steamer Philippi in the Civil War.  There were two reports - the first is the letter to the Secretary of War by Rear Admiral D.G. Farragut, which is transcribed in Post 1, and the second was the report of James T. Seaver about this incident, shown in Post 2.

What happened to James T. Seaver, Acting Master, after this incident?  The book I read did not cover this after the two reports were made.

I did a Google search, and easily found the Congressional Set on Google Books.  Here is the cover page of the specific book:

On page 507 is the report below:

The transcription of the article is:

Report of Rear Admiral Farragut, U.S. Navy, forwarding the record of a court-martial in
the case of James T. Seaver, late acting master, commanding U.S.S. Philipppi.
No. 397]
                                                     FLAGSHIP HARTFORD
                                          WEST GULF BLOCKADING SQUADRON
                                                                       September 8, 1864

SIR:  I forward herewith the record of a naval general court-martial
convened on board the U.S.S. Richmond in Mobile Bay on the case of
Acting Master James T. Seaver, late commanding officer of the U.S.S.
Philippi, the loss of which vessel has been previously reported to the

   The sentence of the court is that he be dishonorably dismissed the
service, and though I consider the finding of the court just, yet as the
President must approve the same before it can be carried into effect,
I have simply endorsed it "Forwarded."

   I have ordered him to be sent North In the Circassian, under arrest,
to be disposed of as the Government may direct.

   Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
                                                        D.G. GARRAGUT
         Rear-Admiral, Commanding   West Gulf Blockading Squadron

     Secretary of the Navy, Washington.

The source citation for this record is:

Charles W. Stewart, Superintendent, Library and Naval War Records, Official Records of the Union and Confederate Records (Washington D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1906), Series I, Volume 21, 507; digital images, Google Books ( : accessed 13 July 2014); report of Rear Admiral D. G. Farragut on court-martial of James T. Seaver.

So now we know that James T. Seaver was court-martialed, and sent North to be "disposed of."

I couldn't find any record that says he was actually discharged dishonorably, but I think that he probably was.

The next task is to try to figure out his family - did he marry, did he have children?  When and where did he die?

Stay tuned for the next chapter of "Seavers in the News."

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