Roster of the U.S.S. Whitehead

(tin-clad steamer)

We are interested in obtaining copies of records, photos, letters and diaries of these Sailors. Also interested in family information and grave location. Interested in obtaining copies of ship information, photos or drawings as well. Corrections, additions or comments welcome. Please respond to Edward Boots.

Naval Historical Center Info on the Whitehead

Soldiers are listed by Name - Rank - Race (If other than White) - Service History

ASKEW, William - Landsman. Born in Bertie Co., NC. Deserted 9 Feb `63 from Co. D, 17th NC. Enlisted in the U.S. Navy 21 Feb `63 at Plymouth, NC at age 21. Served on the Commodore Perry . Transferred 13 Sep `63 to the Whitehead. Discharged 19 July `65 from the Philadelphia.

BALDWIN, William S. - Acting Master's Mate. Born in and a resident of NY. Rated Acting Master's Mate on July 9 (or 13), 1863. Honorably discharged on August 3, 1865. Re-entered the Navy and rated Mate on June 12, 1866. Resigned on September 18, 1871. Assigned to the USS Crocus in 1864, and to the USS Madawaska on trials at New York. William S. Baldwin entered the Revenue Cutter Service in 1871, appointed from the state of New York, and was rated Third Lieutenant on October 7, 1871 (pay at $1,200.00 per annum), and Second Lieutenant (Temporary) on April 29, 1875. He died on October 30, 1895. Assigned to the Cutter Oliver Wolcott on the San Francisco station in 1873, and the Cutter Fessenden on the Detroit station in 1875 (at $1,500.00 per annum).

BARNES, Michael "Mike" - Landsman. Born in Bertie Co., NC. Enlisted 27 May `63 at Plymouth, NC; a 20 year old Farmer. Served on the Southfield until it was sunk by the Albemarle. Served on the Whitehead until discharged 13 June `65. Living in Plymouth, NC in 1890.

BARRETT, George W. - Acting Ensign. Born in and a resident of NY. Rated Acting Master's Mate on October 2, 1861. Promoted to Acting Ensign on April 9 (or 18), 1863. In command of the U.S.S. Whitehead on May 5, 1864 during the Battle of Albemarle Sound against the Albemarle. Promoted to Acting Master on August 24, 1864. Honorably discharged on October 28, 1865. Assigned to the USS Commodore Perry in 1864.

BELK, Henry - Seaman.

BELL, Daniel - Cook - Black - Born in Washington, DC. Enlisted 11 Jan `63; a 30 year old Cook & Waiter.

BURDIN, Lawrence - 1st Class Boy. Born in Bertie Co., NC. Enlisted 1 April `63 at Plymouth, NC at age 21. Served on the Commodore Perry. Transferred 30 Sep `63 to the Hetzel. Transferred 18 Nov `63 to the Whitehead. Discharged 19 July `65 from the Philadelphia.

BURNETT, George - Landsman.

BURNS, Michael - Landsman - Black - Born in Bertie Co., NC. Enlisted at Plymouth, NC; a 20 year old Farmer.

BURNS, Patrick - Ordinary Seaman.

BURROWS, James W. - Ordinary Seaman.

CARTER, George - Seaman.

CHILDS, Henry C. - 1st Class Boy - Mulatto - Born in Baltimore, MD. Enlisted 10 Feb `63 at Baltimore, MD at age 19.

COLLINS, John -

DAVIS, William - Coal Heaver - Black - Born in Charles Co., MD. Enlisted 10 Feb `62 at Roanoke Island, NC; an 18 year old Farmer & Fireman.

DEAN, Henry - Boy.

DOWNING, Thomas - Quarter Master.

DOXTADER, George A. - Landsman.

DUFFY, Peter - 1st Class Fireman.

GARRETT, Ebenezer - 1st Class Boy - Black - Born in Raleigh, NC. Enlisted 8 Oct `62 at Plymouth, NC; a 26 year old Slave. Also served on the Commodore Perry. Living in Plymouth, NC in 1890.

GASKIN, Samuel - 1st Class Boy - Black - Born in Craven Co., NC. Enlisted 15 Sept `64 at New Bern, NC; a 19 year old Waiter.

GODFREY, John - Seaman.

HARBAN, John - B. Mate.

HOPKINS, Charles - Coxwain.

JOHNSTON, Thomas H. - Seaman.

JONES, Henry - Seaman.

JOST, James - B. Mate.

KEARNS, John - 1st Class Fireman.

KELLY, Patrick - 1st Class Fireman.

LEWIS, William H. - Landsman - Black - Born in Augusta, ME. Enlisted 10 Jan `62 at Hampton Roads, VA; a 22 year old Hackman. Also served on the Commodore Perry

LIVERMAN, W.W. - 2nd Class Boy.

McDAVID, Patrick - Landsman.

McDERMOTT, George B. - Acting 3rd Assistant Engineer. Born in and a resident of Washington, DC. Rated Acting Third Assistant Engineer on December 31, 1862. Honorably discharged on October 28, 1867. Assigned to the USS Whitehead in 1864, and to the USS Agawam on the North Atlantic Squadron in 1867.

MOORE, Dirson or Dawson - 1st Class Boy - Black - Born in either Bertie or Hertford Co., PA. Enlisted 1 April `63 at Plymouth, NC at age 18 or 19. Served onboard the Commodore Perry until transferred to the Hetzel. Later transferred to the Whitehead. Discharged 19 July `65 from the Philadelphia.

NELSON, Thomas M. or N. - Acting Master's Mate. Born in Norway and a resident of NY. Rated Acting Master's Mate on January 6, 1863. Assigned to the USS Whitehead in 1864, to the USS Shamokin on the South Atlantic Squadron in 1867, and to the USS Fortune on the North Atlantic Squadron in 1873. Died 23 April 1875 in New York.

NICKENS, Joshua - Landsman - Mulatto - Born in Hertford Co., NC. Enlisted 10 Jan `63 at Plymouth, NC; a 24 year old Blacksmith & Laborer. Also served on the Commodore Perry

OVERTON, Richard - 1st Class Boy.

O'BRIEN, Dennis - Quarter Master.

PERRY, Edwin R. - Landsman.

PETERSON, Moses - Acting 2nd Class Engineer. Born in South River, NJ and a resident of NY. Rated Acting Second Assistant Engineer on November 17 (or 26), 1861. Assigned to the USS Whitehead in 1864 and escaped captured at Plymouth. Died 6 Oct 1864. Dick Myers

PIERCE, Isaac - Coal Heaver - Black - Born in Currituck, Currituck Co., NC. Enlisted 10 April `62 at Elizabeth City, NC; a 21 year old Cook & Servant.

QUALE or QUAYLE, Thomas E. - Acting Master's Mate. Rated Acting Master's Mate 20 Nov `61. Resigned 27 April `65.

RYAN, Robert Horton - Acting 3d Assistant Engineer. Born in and a resident of New York. Appointed 22 Dec `62, an Engineer & Machinist from Troy, NY. Attached for duty to the Whitehead until 5 July `64 when  he was sent to the Naval Hospital at Portsmouth, VA. Afterwards served onboard the U.S.S. Emma & U.S.S. Nahant. Discharged 11 Nov `65. Married Sarah J. Watson 16 Sep 1875 in Washington, DC. Died 3 April 1881 in Washington, DC.

SCISSON, Wiley - 1st Class Boy. Born in Bertie Co., NC. Enlisted 1 April `63 at Plymouth, NC; a 21 year old Slave. Served on the Commodore Perry. Transferred to the Whitehead until transferred to the hospital at Norfolk, VA.

SHARK, Isham - 1st Class Boy - Black - Born in Plymouth or Bertie Co., NC. Enlisted 26 March `63 at Plymouth, NC a 22 year old Slave. Served onboard the Commodore Perry until transferred 5 Sep `63 to the Whitehead. Transferred 10 June `65 to the Princeton. Discharged 19 July `65. Died 5 March 1893 in Philadelphia, PA.

SHARP, Daniel - 1st Class Boy - Black - Born in Hertford Co., NC. Enlisted 19 May `62 on the Chowan River, NC; a 19 year old Steward.

SHARP, Haywood or Hayward - Coal Heaver - Black - Born in Hertford Co. or Bertie Co., NC. Enlisted 2 June `62 at Roanoke Island, NC; a 28 year old Fireman & Farmer. Discharged 23 June `65.

SHARP, Henry - 1st Class Boy - Black - Born in Hertford Co. or Bertie Co., NC. Enlisted 2 June `62 on the Chowan River, NC; a 22 year old Farmer. Last reported as present 1 July `63.

SHARP, John - 1st Class Boy - Black - Bertie Co., NC. Enlisted 2 June `62 on the Chowan River, NC; a 40 year old Farmer. Discharged 22 May `65.

SHARP, Washington - 1st Class Boy - Black - Born in Hertford Co., NC. Enlisted 19 May `62 on the Chowan River, NC; an 18 year old Steward.

SMITH, Albert - Seaman.

SMITH, Edwin - Ordinary Seaman. Born 1841 in New York, NY. Navy Medal of Honor. On board the U.S.S. Whitehead in the attack upon Franklin, VA on 3 Oct 1862. When his ship became grounded in a narrow passage as she rounded a bend in the Blackwater River, Smith, realizing the hazards of lowering a boat voluntarily swam to shore with a line under the enemy's heavy fire. His fearless action enabled his ship to maintain steady fire and keep the enemy in check during the battle.

SMITH, Silas - Landsman - Black - Born in Yorktown, VA. Enlisted 14 Aug `61 at Hampton Roads, VA; a 20 year old Cook.

SNARTH, G. S. - Acting 3d Assistant Engineer. 

TALLIDGE, William R. - Seaman.

TAYLOR, James - Landsman - Black - Born in Maryland. Enlisted 11 Jan `62 at Hampton Roads, VA; a 19 year old Seaman. Also served on the Commodore Perry

WARD, John - 2nd Class Fireman.

WILSON, Jarvis - Acting Ensign.

WINNS, Moses - 1st Class Boy - Black - Born in Tyrel Co., NC. Enlisted 1 Feb `64 at Plymouth, NC; a 16 year old Laborer. Also served on the Miami.