Charles City County
Siah Carter, (African American) born Charles City, Virginia; enlisted May 19, 1862, aged 24, on the James River, Virginia, for 3 years; previous occupation, carpenter; rated as first class boy; prior to being enlisted aboard the USS Monitor Carter had been a slave on a plantation owned by a Confederate Army colonel, and he had been taken, together with other slaves, to work on the defences at Yorktown, Virginia; Keeler describes the circumstances of Carter's coming aboard the USS Monitor, when the deck watch of the ironclad that night was alerted to the approach of a boat, and, assuming that they were Confederates about to board them, they fired a shot at the approaching boat, and then heard the cry of "a poor trembling contraband," who cried out: "O, Lor' Massa, oh don't shoot, I'se a black man Massa, I'se a black man."; Carter stated that his master had called all the slaves together and told them "that if any of them went on board of the yankee ships, the yankees would carry them out to sea, tie a piece of iron about their necks & throw them overboard"; after the sinking of the USS Monitor, in December, 1862, he was sent, together with other survivors, aboard the USS Brandywine; later served on the USS Florida on which muster roll, dated October 1, 1863, he is shown, as landsman
Goggle Books link Below:
USS Monitor, a 987-ton armored turret gunboat, was built at New York to the design of John Ericsson. She was the first of what became a large number of "monitors" in the United States and other navies. Commissioned on 25 February 1862, she soon was underway for Hampton Roads, Virginia. Monitor arrived there on 9 March, and was immediately sent into action against the Confederate ironclad Virginia , which had sunk two U.S. Navy ships the previous day. The resulting battle, the first between iron-armored warships, was a tactical draw. However, Monitor prevented the Virginia from gaining control of Hampton Roads and thus preserved the Federal blockade of the Norfolk area.
Following this historic action, Monitor remained in the Hampton Roads area and, in mid-1862 was actively employed along the James River in support of the Army's Peninsular Campaign. In late December 1862, Monitor was ordered south for further operations. Caught in a storm off Cape Hatteras, she foundered on 31 December. Her wreck was discovered in 1974 and is now a marine sanctuary. Work is presently underway to recover major components of her structure and machinery, to be followed by extensive preservation efforts and ultimate museum exhibition.
If you have Cemetery or any other info Please Use EDIT..................
Click Below for ALL THE MONITOR BOYS .................
Click Link to see all The Lost Sailors I've Found
Body lost or destroyed
Created by: Rubbings
Record added: Mar 29, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 87534175