Naval Enlistment Weekly Returns, 1855-1891 record example

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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"Weekly Returns of Enlistments at Naval Rendezvous ("Enlistment Rendezvous") Jan. 6, 1855-Aug. 8, 1891" database with images Fold3 ( accessed September 24, 2021)

Publication Title
Naval Enlistment Weekly Returns, 1855-1891
Total Records
257,211 · Complete: 99%
Content Source
The National Archives logoThe National Archives
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Record Group
Published on Fold3
21 Sep 2011
Last Updated
15 May 2012
NARA M1953. U.S. Navy enlistment records during the Civil War, including 6 years prior and 26 years after the war.