James Thorn - Ordinary Seaman

James Thorn was circa 1838 in Raleigh, NJ and enlisted on 15 April 1864 at the Brooklyn, New York Naval Rendezvous as a Ordinary Seaman for a 3 year enlistment[1]. He was a private from the 34th Independent Battery Light Artillery who was transfered to the Navy.

Thorn was sent to the U.S.S. Tecumseh on 20 April 1864 [2].

Thorn was one of the surviors of the sinking of the Tecumseh on 5 August 1864. He was picked up from the water by Acting ENS Henry Clay Nields' cutter from the Metacomet [3].

Per his rendezvous index card, Thorn was next attached to the U.S.S. Hartford and later the Potomac Flotilla and finally the U.S.S. Dragon. [2]





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References and Sources

[1] Return of the United States Naval Rendezvous, Brooklyn, NY, for the week ending 16 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)