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Ship's Passenger Log

Identifier: MS-2293

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The Ship's Passenger Log, 1864, consists of a list of passengers on different voyages of one ship. It also contains instructions on keeping lists of passengers and a ledger of passage dues for individual travelers and their families. One trip is dated January 1864; however, the other trip's list of passengers is not dated or was recorded on a missing page. A few of the individuals listed include William Cullen Bryant, William G. Parson Brownlow, and General Scott. The log was found behind a photograph, which is also contained in this collection; however, it is not known who the young man is in the portrait.


  • 1864

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The Ship's Passenger Log, 1864, consists of a list of passengers on different voyages of one ship, instructions on keeping lists of passengers, and a ledger of passage dues. Passengers listed include William Cullen Bryant and William G. Parson Brownlow. There is also a photograph of an unknown man.

Biographical/Historical Note

There are many well-known passengers on this ship's log. William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878), editor and co-owner of the New York Evening Post, gained national attention through his paper as an abolitionist. Bryant was one of the founders of the National Freedman's Relief Association to help the blacks living in the occupied areas of the South.

Also mentioned on the ship's log is William Gannaway Brownlow (1805-1877), also known as Parson Brownlow. Brownlow was an influential East Tennessee minister, journalist, and governor. In 1838 he became owner/editor of an Elizabethton newspaper popularly known as Brownlow's Whig. His newspaper, which, one the eve of the Civil War, reached nearly eleven thousand subscribers across the nation, moved to Knoxville in 1849. The Parson was a prominent spokesperson for the Whig Party and a staunch defender of the Union. After Tennessee left the Union, Brownlow continued speaking out against the Confederacy. He was eventually jailed in Knoxville and later expelled from the Confederacy for his anti-secession editorials. After traveling on a speaking tour throughout the North, the Parson returned to Knoxville with the Union troops in the fall of 1863, continuing to rail against the Confederacy and secession. In March 1865, Tennessee Unionists chose Brownlow to succeed Andrew Johnson as governor of Tennessee. After two terms as Tennessee's Reconstruction-era governor, Brownlow, in 1869, was chosen to represent the state in the U. S. Senate. He served only one term before returning to Knoxville, where he died on April 28, 1877.


Collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

The Special Collections Library purchased this collection in March of 2004.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA