Newman Family Naval Papers

Manuscripts Collection 51

Overview of the Collection

Repository: G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport
Creator: Newman Family
Title: Newman Family Naval Papers
Dates: 1814-1898
Extent: 125 pieces
Abstract: This is a collection of naval papers of William D. Newman (ca. 1800-1844) and his sons, L. Howard Newman (1833-1866) and William Bogert Newman (1834-1912), U.S. Navy officers, including correspondence, orders, regulations, reports, complaints and requests, and other official paper work typical to ships’ officers. Includes 18 photos of William Bogert Newman and fellow officers and one abstract log. Vessels represented include the frigate PRESIDENT, frigate CONGRESS, ship INDEPENDENCE, and gunboat NYACK.
Identification: Coll. 51

Biography of the Newman Family

The Newman family considered here consisted of a father and two sons, William D. Newman, L. Howard Newman, and William Bogert Newman. All three men seemed to have had distinguished if not historically important careers with the Navy. They commanded several vessels and the papers indicate that each one served beside several well known officers.

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Restrictions on Access

Available for use in the Manuscripts Division

Restrictions on Use

Various copying restriction apply. Guidelines are available from the Manuscripts Division.

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the G. W. Blunt White Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.


Newman, L. Howard, 1833-1866
Newman, William Bogert, 1834-1912
Newman, William D., 1800-1844

Corporate Bodies (Including Vessels):

Congress (Frigate)
Independence (Ship : 1814-1913)
Nyack (Gunboat)
President (Frigate)
United States–Navy–Officers


United States–History, Naval–To 1900

Document Types:

Military records
Orders (military records)


Sailors–United States

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coll. 51, Manuscripts Collection, G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc.

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Index to Personal Names

NOTE: The fraction(s) indicate the Box and Folder numbers where that particular reference can be found. For example, the researcher will find information about W.A.H. Allen, in Box 1, Folder 4 of the collection.
Allen, W. A. H. 1/4
Arms, Trant H. 1/4
Babbitt, Charles W. 1/2
Badger, George E. 1/2
Bowers, Samuel 1/2
Boyd, William T. 1/4
Brice, W.A. 1/4
Brinsmaid, George E. 1/2
Brown, Charles F. 1/4
Brown, Frederick 1/4
Brownlee, Dr. 1/2
Cambias, George R. 1/4
Clarry, A. G. 1/4
Coffin, G. W. 1/4
Connor, Thomas 1/4
Cooper, Benjamin 1/2
Demoranzelle, Daniel D. 1/2
Emmons, George S. 1/4
Fiddes, Hugh E. 1/2
Flaherty, W. J. 1/5
Green, J. F. 1/4
Gregory, Capt. F. H. 1/2
Hall, George W. 1/4
Harrison, Capt. N. B. 1/4
Heaton, George 1/2
Heiss, William H. 1/4
Higgins, James 1/4
Hooker, Edward 1/4
Hughes, A. K. 1/4
Inglis, William 1/2
Kellogg, Mortimer 1/4
Lamdin, W. J. 1/4
Latch, E.B. 1/4
Lee, Rear Admiral. S.P. 1/4
Losu, William 1/2
Lyton, Samuel 1/2
Mason, J. Y. 1/2
Mayo, W. K. 1/4
McGlenser, John F. 1/5
McGraw, William 1/2
Middleton, Edward 1/4
Miller, Charles H. 1/2
Moser, Jeff F. 1/5
Murphy, John 1/4
Norton, C. S. 1/4
Oribe, General 1/2
Pendergrast, G. J. 1/2
Pottinger, Thomas B. 1/4
Powell, Augustus 1/4
Ridgely, W. G. 1/2
Robeson, George M. 1/4
Rush, M.S. 1/5
Sands, Joshua 1/2
Sawyers, J. H. 1/4
Simonds, Lt. 1/2
Sinclair, Manuel 1/4
Smith, Charles 1/4
Stevens, E.A. 1/2
Steward, Charles 1/2
Stoddard, E. M. 1/4
Stringham, Silas H. 1/2
Stuckey, Robert 1/2
Thomas, William 1/4
Tower, George E. 1/4
Tozier, Jeremiah 1/2
Turner, Daniel 1/2
Upshaw, A. P. 1/2
Voorhees, P. F. 1/2
Wall, Olin M. 1/5
Watkins, George R. 1/5
Wells, Charles 1/2
Wetmore, W. C. 1/2
Whittaker, James W. 1/4

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Index to Vessel Names

NOTE: The fraction(s) indicate the Box and Folder numbers where that particular reference can be found. For example, the researcher will find information about the steamer AJAX in Box 1, Folder 4 of the collection.
AJAX (Steamer) 1/4
COLUMBIA (Ship) 1/2
CONGRESS (Ship) 1/2
CONGRESS (Steamer) 1/4
KANSAS (Ship) 1/4
LANCASTER (Ship) 1/2
LEXINGTON (Ship) 1/2
OSSIPEE (Steamer) 1/5
PILGRIM (Steamer) 1/4, 1/5
PIONEER (Brig) 1/2
PORPOISE (Brig) 1/2
POTOMAC (Ship) 1/4
RALEIGH (Ship) 1/4, 1/5
RARITAN (Ship) 1/2
RESOLUTE (Steamer) 1/4
ROSALBA (Bark) 1/2
SEVERN (Ship) 1/4
TERROR (Steamer) 1/4
TRUXTON (Brig) 1/2
TUSCARORA (Steamer) 1/4
WARREN (Ship) 1/2

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Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.


Papers; 1814-1898
Box Folder
1 1 First hand description of the capture of American Frigate PRESIDENT, and list of killed and wounded aboard; 1815
2 Letters, orders, receipts, and regulations, relative to the naval career of William D. Newman, U.S.N.; 1833-1844
3 Commission, letters, orders, circulars, and reports relative to the naval career of L. Howard Newman, U.S.N. 1862-1869
4 Letters, orders, circular, order of convoy, and signal instructions relative to the naval career of William Bogert Newman, U.S.N.; 1870-1871
5 Letters, claims, and charges relative to the naval career of William Bogert Newman, U.S.N.; 1880-1898
6 undated material undated
7 Photographs of U.S. Naval Officers; probably serving aboard U.S.S. PILGRIM, W.B. Newman Captain; 1875
Volumes; 1814-1866
1 Copies of General Orders; U.S. Frigate PRESIDENT, U.S.S. INDEPENDENCE, and U.S.S. CONGRESS. Also colloquial French exercises commenced aboard CONGRESS by L. Howard Newman; 1814, 1816, 1822-1823, 1851
2 Copies of letters, orders, etc., William D. Newman; Miscellaneous notes on rockets, ships, medicines, etc., in reverse at end of volume; 1837-1841
3 Quarter & station bills, U.S. Sloop JAMSTOWN (L.H. Newman’s watch); 1851
4 List of officers aboard U.S.S. GALENA and their capacities, designation of boats, crews, etc.; 1863
5 Abstract log, U.S. Steamer NYACK, L.H. Newman, Lt. Commander; 1865 Jul – 1866 Apr

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