The handwritten diary covers the end of active service for the Cayuga with its final trip from Galveston to New York for decommissioning with mentions of honoring Abraham Lincoln from sunrise to sunset with half hour gun salutes, to auctioning off deserters clothing and a 21 gun salute on Independence Day. Off Galveston to Brooklyn Navy Yard, May 1, 1865 July 31, 1865. 28 pages of daily journal + 6 page description of the U.May 2 fired half hour guns in memory of Abraham Lincoln late president of the United States from sunrise to sunset. Augusta Dinsmore stood down the coast colors at half mast throughout the day. May 6 Augusta Dinsmore arrived from down the coast Bermuda stood down the coast. May 13 discovered a strange sail bearing sales south east prove to be Brig Belle Bernard.
May 15 Gertrude stood SSW. May 17 lost a deck chock?
May 22 Augusta Dinsmore arrived. May 23 received board 50 charges of powder for rifles. May 24 discovered a steamer at bolivar point got underway towards the steamer on shore which was set on fire. May 30 the Florida came to anchor received fresh provisions from the Florida communicated under flag of truce with steamer island city.
May 31 Tug America arrived. June 2 an army transport arrived from the eastward. June 4 Preston came up from Galveston communicated with senior officer. June 5 senior officer transferred his flag.. Preston came out of Galveston bearing the senior officers flag.June 7 Fort Jackson fired a salute of 13 guns. June 8 admiral transferred his flag to the Preston and went into Galveston. June 14 discovered five strange sails proved to be the Virginia and four army transports.
June 17 condemned 250 pounds fresh beef. June 20 Augusta Dinsmore arrived US transport steamers Louise and Cresent arrived with troops. June 21 received three loyal citizens of Texas with papers from provost marshall from steamer Western Metropolis and landed them On shore to return to their residences. Joseph Cherry came on board for passage in the Augusta Dinsmore to Galveston.June 23 the following gentleman came on board to be landed Judge Thomas H Stribling, William Bonner, Richard Mormen, George Baker. June 30 received orders detaching Act. Ensign Robert Morris and ordered to report to senior officer at New Orleans. July 3 received fresh provisions. July 4 fired a national salute of 21 guns , got underway for Pensacola. July 8 took pilot on board. Anchored off the Navy Yard. July 11 Potomac fired a salute of 13 guns in honor of the admiral. July 21 sighted Egg Harbor lights; the following articles were condemned 40 pounds mixed vegetables 30 pounds potatoes five pounds butter 30 pounds coffee 20 pounds tomatoes.
Came to anchor of the Battery NY. July 22 seven men absent without leave. July 24 discharged part of powder; six petty officers and 1 seaman deserted during the night. July 25 Pocahontas arrived and anchored, one man deserted. July 27 cook slipped his irons during night and deserted.
July 28 discovered that one man had deserted. July 30 four men deserted. July 31 steerage boy deserted, sent 2 men to hospital; sent 38 men to North Carolina.
Commissioned in February 1862, she was assigned to the Gulf of Mexico for combat operations against the Confederacy and served there throughout the Civil War. In April 1862, Cayuga participated in the operations leading to the capture of the lower Mississippi and the port of New Orleans. She led the Federal fleet during its daring night run past Forts Jackson and Saint Phillip on 24 April. Following post-battle repairs at New York, Cayuga was active during Rear Admiral Farragut's operations above New Orleans. In August 1862, she participated in bombardments of Baton Rouge and Donaldsonville, Louisiana, and in an engagement with CSS Arkansas.
Late in the year, she was present during the occupation of Baton Rouge. In 1863-65, Cayuga mainly served along the Gulf coast, where she captured several sailing blockade runners. Members of her crew went ashore on a reconnaissance at Sabine Pass, Texas, on 18 April 1863, but were ambushed by the enemy. In early July 1865, after the end of the Civil War, Cayuga left the Gulf for the last time.
She played an important part in the blockade which tried to cut the Confederacy off from overseas sources of supply, Cayuga took an impressive number of prizes, including schooner Jesse J. Cox on March 25th 1862, the schooner Tampico on April 3rd 1863, the sloop Blue Bell on July 2nd, the schooner J. Davis on August 10th and the schooner Wave on August 22nd 1863.
In addition, she shared in the capture of the sloop Active on June 21st 1863. Not named within, however COMMANDER HENRY WILSON, was Commander of the USS Cayuga and this journal could possibly be his. Mentioned the USS Augusta Dinsmore (1863) was a steamer acquired by the Union Navy during the American Civil War. She was used by the Union Navy as a gunboat in support of the Union naval blockade of Confederate waterways. Measures about 4 1/4 by 6 1/4.Moderate external wear with staining and soiling. On flyleaf an address is written 267 Court St Brooklyn NY. Many blanks following final entry. Front wrap weak beginning to loosen. The item "Civil War Handwritten Diary 1865 USS Cayuga End Of Service Galveston To New York" is in sale since Sunday, June 3, 2018. This item is in the category "Books\Antiquarian & Collectible". The seller is "bluemangobooksandmanuscripts" and is located in New Hope, Pennsylvania. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Hong Kong, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Malaysia, Brazil, Colombia, Panama, Jamaica, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guadeloupe, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Sri lanka, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion.