Naval Enlistment Weekly Returns, 1855-1891

Records: 257,211 · Complete: 99%

A naval rendezvous is the port or vessel where men enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Reports, made weekly to the Navy Department, include the name of each recruit, with enlistment date, length and type of service, rating, age, where born, physical description, and sometimes notes. There are also columns listing men who ran from security and others who were rejected, most often because of age.

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Naval Enlistment Weekly Returns, 1855-1891
Total Records
Records: 257,211 · Complete: 99%
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September 21, 2011
Last Updated
May 15, 2012
NARA M1953. U.S. Navy enlistment records during the Civil War, including 6 years prior and 26 years after the war.