Civil War Tables Project

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Project[edit | edit source]

Currently, on the Wiki, there are several pages containing bullet-point lists of Civil War ships. To make these lists easier to read, look at, and to find, we are inputting the information into tables. The following will primarily be a copy and paste project, and can all be done using the "edit" not "edit source" button.

Instructions[edit | edit source]

Task Lists[edit | edit source]

Step 1[edit | edit source]

Decide which list you would like to work on and open up the corresponding sandbox and current wiki page.
Click "edit" next to the Task Lists section above, and replace *YOUR NAME* with you name, and then save. This will help prevent people working on top of each other.

Step 2[edit | edit source]

  • On the "current Wiki page" you will see that under the bullet point lists of the ships, there is included the name of the ship, dates, what type of ship it was, and other information.
    Information in the bullet point lists
  • On the sandbox page, click the "edit" button. You can do this either at the top of the page or at the section. When you click "edit" it will do it for the whole page, not just the section.

the "Edit" buttons

  • On the "current Wiki page" with the bullet point list, click the "edit" button. Copy and paste in the information from the bullet point list in the appropriate spot on the table in the sandbox page (see the example below). NOTE: If you find any misspellings while doing so, PLEASE feel free to fix them.
Ship Name Date Type of Ship Name Changes Etc.
A. C. Gunnison (Privateer) Commissioned May 25, 1861 Class: Steam tug. For more information, see page 247.
Aiken Acquisition: Surrendered to South Carolina authorities December, 1860. Sunk, July 28, 1861, by U. S. frigate St. Lawrence Class: Revenue cutter.

Rig: Schooner.[1]

Petrel For more information, see page 247.
Alabama Built in England and delivered by builders in August 1862. Sunk off Cherbourg, France, June 19, 1864, by the U.S.S. Kearsarge. Class: Steam sloop.[2] For more information, see page 247.
Albemarle (Ram) Built on the Roanoke River. N. C, 1864. Sunk at Plymouth, North Carolina about 3 a. m. October 28, 1864, by a torpedo boat in charge of Lieutenant W. B. Gushing, U. S. N. Class: Screw steamer; ironclad[3] For more information, see page 247. Muster roll for July 1864.



  • Most of the ships have a URL link attached to a pg. number or description, just copy and paste the blue words into the appropriate box. Make sure that you highlight and copy the footnote (see image below).

What highlighting the image should look like

  • The URL should carry over just fine when you paste it, but once you've saved the page, double-check to make sure it did; you just have to click on the link to make sure.
  • As can be seen in the example, some ships won't have all the information filled in. It's okay to leave some of the boxes blank. If there is additional information about a ship, that is not about a name change, or dates, put it in the "etc." box.

Step 3[edit | edit source]

  • Add the information for the entire list. If you end up not having enough rows, send me a message at janae.brown@familysearch.org, and I'll add another row.
  • DON'T FORGET to SAVE YOUR WORK! I'd recommend doing this after doing every 10 or so ships. This way you won't risk losing work if the power goes out or you lose internet connection!
  • When you have completed a list/table, change your name in the "Task Lists" to say "Done".

Thanks so much for your help!

  1. United States. Navy Department. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies, Series II, Volume 1. (Washington, District of Columbia : Government Printing Office (United States), 1894-1922), Series 2, vol. 1, page 247.
  2. United States. Navy Department. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies, Series II, Volume 1. (Washington, District of Columbia : Government Printing Office (United States), 1894-1922), Series 2, vol. 1, page 247.
  3. United States. Navy Department. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies, Series II, Volume 1. (Washington, District of Columbia : Government Printing Office (United States), 1894-1922), Series 2, vol. 1, page 247.