Richard T. Collins - Ordinary Seaman

Richard T. Collins was born circa 1840 in Portland, ME and enlisted on 19 April 1864 at the New York Naval Rendezvous as a Ordinary Seaman for a 2 year enlistment[1].

Collins was sent to the U.S.S. Tecumseh on 22 April 1864 [2].

Collins was one of the survivors of the sinking of the Tecumseh on 5 August 1864 and escaped the sinking vessel in the monitor's cutter [3].

Per his rendezvous index card, Collins was next attached to the U.S.S. Mobile and the tug U.S.S. Ida. He was discharged from the Navy on 12 September 1865 at New York.[2]





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References and Sources

[1] Return of the United States Naval Rendezvous, New York, NY, for the week ending 23 April 1864

[2] NARA T1099. An index to rendezvous reports during the Civil War, 1861-1865.

[3]"Report of Rear-Admiral Farragut, U.S. Navy, transmitting report of two survivors from the U.S. Monitor Tecumseh, August 27 1864" Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion: Series I, Volume 21 West Gulf Blockading Squadron from January 1 to December 31, 1864 (1906)