Confederate naval ledger now freely available online

WRITER: Mandy Mastrovita,, 706-542-0587
CONTACT: Sheila McAlister,, 706-542-5418
ATHENS, Ga. — A Civil War-era ledger belonging to James H. Warner, commander and superintendent of the Confederate States Naval Iron Works (sometimes referred to as the Columbus Iron Works) is now available through the Digital Library of Georgia at
James H. Warner received a commission in the United States Navy in 1851 as a third assistant engineer. He became a chief engineer in 1856. Warner later served the Confederacy, where he received his assignment in Columbus, Georgia in 1862. As a naval engineer, he consulted for a number of projects throughout the South and was instrumental in the construction of the CSS Jackson, built in Columbus.
The Confederate States Naval Iron Works operated from 1862-1865. The ledger also includes entries as late as 1866 as Warner worked with the United States Navy in turning over naval equipment to the United States government. Records surviving the Civil War that document the Confederate Navy is limited. This ledger provides information about Columbus, Georgia, ironclad construction, steam engines, and the daily operation and industrial reach of the Confederate States Naval Iron Works.
Robert Holcombe, former director and historian of the Confederate Naval Museum describes the significance of the ledger:
“Not only has this ledger been a great resource for those studying steam engines, ship construction, etc. from the Civil War period, it is largely an untapped resource for those studying Columbus and the Chattahoochee River Valley. Making this ledger known and available for a wider audience will benefit Columbus, as well as making this important source more readily accessible for Civil War naval research.”
About the National Civil War Naval Museum
The National Civil War Naval Museum houses the largest surviving Confederate warship, the CSS Jackson, as well as the wreckage of the CSS Chattahoochee, and the largest collection of Civil War Naval-related flags on display in the country. Their timeline exhibit shows naval events and features many of the museum’s most rare artifacts, such as the uniform coat of Captain Catesby Jones and Admiral Farragut’s two-star hat insignia. The museum hosts a range of events throughout the year with an emphasis on museum theatre and historic character interpretation. Additionally, there are living history events, tours, cannon firings, weapons demonstrations, local history projects and more. Visit
About the Digital Library of Georgia

Based at the University of Georgia Libraries, the Digital Library of Georgia is a GALILEO initiative that collaborates with Georgia’s libraries, archives, museums and other institutions of education and culture to provide access to key information resources on Georgia history, culture, and life. This primary mission is accomplished through the ongoing development, maintenance, and preservation of digital collections and online digital library resources. DLG also serves as Georgia’s service hub for the Digital Public Library of America and as the home of the Georgia Newspaper Project, the state’s historic newspaper microfilming project. Visit the DLG at

Call for Proposals – 2020 Georgia Archives Symposium

From Field to Mill Town: Cotton and Textile Culture in Georgia

April 4, 2020
5800 Jonesboro Road
Morrow, GA 30260
The Georgia Archives invites proposals for presentations and posters for our 2020 symposium looking at textile culture in Georgia.  We welcome proposals on a variety of topics, including but not limited to: mill towns, cotton farming, and the International Cotton Exposition of 1881. Use of Georgia Archives records is encouraged but not required.
The Symposium will include five 50 minute sessions, plus a lunch session featuring student posters. One of the 50 minute sessions may consist of three 10 to 15 minute presentations. We invite proposals for (a) 50 minute presentations, (b) individual 10 to 15 minute presentations, (c) panels of three 10 to 15 minute presentations, and (d) student posters. We seek a variety of presenters and encourage students, historians and historical researchers, and anyone with an interest in textile culture or related disciplines to submit proposals.
We are pleased to announce that we are able to print posters for chosen poster proposals. 
We are able to provide small grants to graduate students to assist in travel to Morrow to present at the presentation.  If you would like to be considered for this funding, please indicate this on your proposal. 
Suggested Georgia Archives Records:
For more information on these records, please contact Caroline Crowell:
          Agriculture department Bulletins, Circulars, and Press Bulletins (record group 13/3/7)
          Georgia Commodity Commissions Files (record group 13/9/14)
          Assorted private manuscript collections covering production, sale, and transport of cotton and other textiles (search our book and manuscript catalog and limit “location” to “Manuscripts.”
Guidelines for Submission:
Proposals must include a proposed title, presentation category (50 minute, 10 to 15 minute, panel, or student poster), brief summary of the presentation (100-200 words), brief biography of the presenter (<100 words), and any technological requirements beyond a laptop, projector, and internet access. Please email proposals to Caroline Crowell at by December 14, 2019.
Important Dates:
Deadline for submission:  December 14, 2019
Notification of acceptance:  January 18, 2020
Deadline for final submission – posters:  March 23, 2020
Deadline for final submission – presentations: March 30, 2020
Program Committee: Caroline Crowell, Hendry Miller, Amanda Mros

If you have further questions, please contact Hendry Miller at .