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Charles William Bishop papers

Call Number: MS 930

Scope and Contents

A combined log book and journal kept by Charles William Bishop during the Civil War makes up this collection. Bishop was born in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1823, and died in Norfolk, Virginia, in 1870.

The volume, entitled "Log of a Cruise in the U.S. Gunboat 'Port-Royal,' Lieut. Geo. U. Morris Comdg.," covers the period May 1, 1862 through May 24, 1864, and details Bishop's experiences in the war during that period. Of particular interest is his eye-witness account of the sinking of the Cumberland by the Merrimac (see pages 151 and following), accompanied by poetry, newspaper clippings, and other papers about the battle.


  • 1862-1864


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Dorothea S. Cist, 1956.


0.25 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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The papers are made up entirely of a combined logbook and journal, "Log of a cruise in the U.S. Gunboat 'Port Royal'." Included in the journal is Charles William Bishop's account of the sinking of the Cumberland by the Merrimac, together with poetry, newspaper clippings, and other papers about the battle.

Guide to the Charles William Bishop Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Janet Elaine Gertz
June 1983
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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