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Collection Reference Number GLC00722.55
From Archive Folder William McBlair collection 
Title Benjamin J. Totten to William McBlair ordering him to receive two prisoners, and to exchange drummer boys
Date 25 March 1859
Author Totten, Benjamin J. (1806-1877)  
Recipient McBlair, William  
Document Type Military document
Content Description Ordering McBlair to receive two prisoners, and to exchange drummer boys. Informs McBlair that he will receive on his ship "the men Connor and Breckendorf, sentenced by Summary Court Martial to be discharged from the Naval Services." Also orders McBlair to exchange drummers. Edwin Donnohoe, the drummer boy on board Totten's ship, is being sent to McBlair's ship because he "was implicated in an unnatural crime with the man Breckendorf, and perjured himself before the Summary Court Martial, and therefore should be discharged from the corps as soon as possible." Written on board the U.S.S. "Vincennes."
Subjects Military History  Military Law  Sexuality  Navy  Maritime  Prisoner  Africa  African Squadron  African American History  
People Totten, Benjamin J. (1806-1877)  McBlair, William (d. 1863)  
Theme Naval & Maritime; Law; African Americans; 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. Benjamin J. Totten was the commander of the U.S.S. "Vincennes," later promoted to commodore and served as governor of the naval asylum at Philadelphia for two years. Also published a number of works regarding the navy.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859