By Alvah F. Hunter, Craig L. Symonds
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Name. Office on the Nahant. Commander, John Downes, Captain. Lieut. Commander, David B. Harmony Lieut. Commander & Executive Officer. Acting Master, William W. Carter, Sailing Master & Watch officer Acting Ensign, Charles E. Clark, Watch officer. Acting Ensign, Charles C. Ricker, Watch officer. Assistant Surgeon, C. Ellery Stedman, Surgeon. Assistant Paymaster, Edwin Putnam, Purser. 1st Ass't Engineer, F. J. Lovering, Chief Engineer. 2d Ass't Engineer, T. N. Bordley, 1st Ass't Engineer. 3d Ass't Engineer, Abel Mitchener, 2d Ass't Engineer.
Here, at last, seemed to be a door that might be opened, and I at once tramped off across Boston and over the bridge to South Boston. A policeman directed me down a long street to City Point, and I walked into the office of Loring's ship yard only to be told that Mr. Harmony wasn't expected to come to the works that day. Further inquiry revealed that Mr. Harmony was stopping at the Revere House, in the city, and that I might possibly find him there about lunch time, but they thought it was his intention to go out of town for the day.
The old gentleman read the card, looked at me and half smiled as he drew a shipping blank towards him and began asking me questions. S. Nahant. " This was on the ninth day of December, 1862. A brief physical examination was given me by a surgeon; probably a "boy" wasn't of sufficient importance to require a close examination. Then I was conducted to the outfitting room, where I was supplied with a uniform, two blue flannel shirts, socks, etc. in a clothes bag, a Page 8 hammock with hair mattress and a pair of blankets, and in due time a dozen of us recruits were marched across the bridge to Charlestown, into the navy yard and ferried out to the receiving ship Ohio.
A Year on a Monitor and the Destruction of Fort Sumter by Alvah F. Hunter, Craig L. Symonds