Sumter (Confederate cruiser) payroll
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Sumter (Confederate cruiser) payroll

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Confederate States of America. Navy.
Title: Sumter (Confederate cruiser) payroll
Dates: 1861
Extent: 0.15 cubic feet (1 oversize folder)
Identification: MS 0779

Biographical/Historical Note

Built in Philadelphia as the Habana, the CSS Sumter was originally used as a blockade runner in New Orleans. In 1861, she was purchased for use by the Confederate Government. Under the command of Raphael Semmes, she captured a number of Union flag merchant ships off the coasts of Cuba and South America, as well as other locations in the western hemisphere. When her boilers became unfit for use and repairs and supplies could not be obtained, she was sold at public auction at Gibraltar on December 19, 1862. Sumter was renamed the Gibraltar and worked as a blockade runner from 1862 until 1863. She was reportedly lost at sea in the English Channel in 1867.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of the first payroll of the CSS Sumter, from April 1 until September 30, 1861. Signed by Commander Raphael Semmes, the document lists all of the ship's officers, Paymaster Henry Myers, and R.F. Armstrong for the crew, whose names are listed.

Index Terms

Confederate States of America--History.
Confederate States of America. Navy.
Sumter (Confederate cruiser)
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Sumter (Confederate cruiser) payroll, MS 779, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information



Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

Item 1: First payroll of the CSS Sumter, 1861 April 1-September 30 ( 12.0 p. ) View online.
Signed by Raphael Semmes, Commander; all officers; Henry Myers, Paymaster; R.F. Armstrong for the crew, whose names are listed.