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Collection Reference Number GLC00722.29
From Archive Folder William McBlair collection 
Title Affadavit regarding the imprisonment of Jeremiah Sullivan and two other sailors on the African coast
Date 4 February 1858
Author Sullivan, Jeremiah (fl. 1858)  
Additional authors McBlair, William (d. 1863)
Document Type Legal document; Military document
Content Description Details events of his imprisonment on the African coast, along with Patrick Kelly and Manoel Ackmore, all sailors in the United States Navy. Affidavit relates the arrest of these three sailors after a scuffle with Portuguese soldiers and discusses their long imprisonment. States that William McBlair helped secure the sailors' release, but that Kelly died in the hospital while under arrest. Attested to and signed by McBlair.
Subjects Death  Hospital  Prisoner  Navy  Maritime  Law  Military History  Military Law  Africa  African American History  African Squadron  Global History and Civics  
People Sullivan, Jeremiah (1837-1878)  McBlair, William (d. 1863)  
Theme Health & Medicine; Naval & Maritime; African Americans; Foreign Affairs; Slavery & Abolition
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information William McBlair was a United States naval officer in command of the ship "Dale," responsible for catching illegal slave trading ships off the coast of Africa. Later served in the Confederate Navy.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859