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George Washington Storer Papers, 1815-1842: Finding Aid

Published in 1996

Summary Information

  • Publisher: United States Naval Academy. Special Collections & Archives.
  • Publisher Address:
    589 McNair Road
    Annapolis, Maryland 21402-5029, USA
    Phone: 410-293-6917
    https://www.usna.edu/Library/sca/index.php
  • Call number: MS 319
  • Location: Special Collections & Archives Department - Manuscripts
  • Title: George Washington Storer Papers
  • Dates: 1815-1842
  • Size: 1.5 linear inches (4 folders)
  • Creator: Storer, George Washington, 1789-1864
  • Language(s) of material: English French
  • Abstract: George Washington Storer was an officer in the United States Navy. The Storer Papers consist of circulars, general orders, receipts, ships' complements, court-martial proceedings, communications, and other naval papers received or obtained by Storer in the course of his official duties from 1815 to 1842.

Biography Chronology of George Washington Storer

1789
  • Born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
1809
  • On January 16, appointed a Midshipman in the United States Navy.
  • In February, attached to the Naval Station in Portland, Maine.
  • In April, attached to U.S.S. President (Frigate).
1810
  • In June, attached to U.S.S. Constitution (Frigate), flagship of the North Atlantic Squadron.
1811
  • In January, put on furlough.
  • In June, assigned to Naval Rendezvous, Boston.
  • In October, assigned to New York Naval Station.
1812
  • In April, assigned to duty aboard Gunboat No. 108 in New York.
  • In December, attached to U.S.S. John Adams (Frigate) at the Washington Navy Yard.
1813
  • On January 24, commissioned a Lieutenant.
  • In February, assigned gunboat duty in the Potomac Flotilla.
  • In September, receives command of U.S.S. Black Snake of the Potomac Flotilla.
  • In October, assigned to special service aboard U.S.S. Frolic (Sloop-of-war).
1814
  • In April, captured and held as a prisoner of war at New Providence, Bahama Islands.
1815
  • Around February, released from captivity as prisoner of war.
  • In April, attached to U.S.S. Independence (Ship-of-the-line) of the Mediterranean Squadron.
  • In June, receives command of U.S.S. Lynx (Schooner) of the Mediterranean Squadron.
1817
  • In October, attached to U.S.S. Congress (Frigate) of the Brazil Squadron.
1818
  • In September, attached to U.S.S. Constitution of the Mediterranean Squadron.
1824
  • In May, granted leave of absence.
  • In August, assigned to Portsmouth Navy Yard.
1828
  • On April 24, commissioned Master Commandant.
1830
  • In April, receives command of U.S.S. Boston (Sloop-of-war) of the Mediterranean Squadron.
1832
  • In December, granted leave of absence.
1833
  • In February, assigned to Portsmouth Navy Yard.
1837
  • On February 9, commissioned Captain.
  • In February, waiting orders.
1839
  • In June, receives command of U.S.S. Columbus, receiving ship at Boston.
1840
  • In October, receives command of U.S.S. Constellation (Frigate) of the Brazil Squadron.
1841
  • In February, receives command of U.S.S. Potomac (Frigate), flagship of the Brazil Squadron.
  • In August, granted leave of absence and waiting orders.
1843
  • In October, appointed Commandant of the Portsmouth Navy Yard.
1846
  • In November, waiting orders.
1847
  • In August, receives command of the Brazil Squadron, U.S.S. Brandywine (Frigate), flagship.
1850
  • In December, granted leave of absence and waiting orders.
1854
  • In July, appointed Governor of the Philadelphia Naval Asylum.
1857
  • In September, waiting orders.
1858
  • In May, appointed President of the Board of Examiners.
1860
  • In September, appointed President of the Board of Inspection and Survey.
  • In October, waiting orders.
1861
  • In October, appointed member of the Board to Examine Military Establishment, New York.
1862
  • In May, waiting orders.
  • In June, appointed President of the Naval Retirement Board.
  • On July 16, placed on the Retired List with the rank of Rear Admiral.
1864
  • On January 8, dies in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
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Description of Contents

The George Washington Storer Papers, spanning 1815 to 1842, comprise a 1.5 inch collection of circulars, general orders, receipts, ships' complements, court-martial proceedings, communications, and other naval papers received or obtained by Storer in the course of his official duties. Some of the papers were authored, issued by, or bear the names of Commodore James Biddle, Commodore Isaac Chauncey, Captain Charles G. Ridgely, Commodore John Downes, Secretary of the Navy James K. Paulding, and Secretary of the Navy Abel P. Upshur.

The papers nearly entirely date from, or pertain to Storer's tours of duty as Commanding Officer of U.S.S. Lynx (1815-1817), U.S.S. Boston (1830-1832), Receiving Ship Columbus (1839-1840), U.S.S. Constellation (1840-1841), and U.S.S. Potomac (1841). In addition to dealing with the particulars of the individual vessels, including their outfitting and personnel issues such as conduct, the papers also touch upon the administration of the squadrons to which those vessels were attached, namely the Mediterranean and Brazil Squadrons. Aside from his at-sea duties, the documents in Storer's papers pertain to his shore duty at the Portsmouth Navy Yard (1824-1830). Those papers pertaining to Storer's duty aboard the receiving ship Columbus also deal with matters at the Boston Navy Yard.

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Arrangement

The George Washington Storer Papers are arranged chronologically.

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Access and Use

Access

Access is unrestricted.

Copyright and Permission

The George Washington Storer Papers are the physical property of Nimitz Library. Copyright belongs to the authors or creators of the works, or their legal representatives. For further information, consult the Head, Special Collections & Archives.

It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure written permission to publish, reprint, or reproduce material from Special Collections & Archives. The researcher assumes responsibility for infringement of copyright or literary or publication rights. Please contact the Head, Special Collections & Archives for permission to publish and for further information.

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Acquisition and Appraisal

Provenance and Acquisition

Purchased in March 1996. Accession No. 96-17.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Material

The George W. Storer Brazil Squadron Papers, 1817-1868, C1433, are available at Princeton University Library's Department of Rare Books and Special Collections.

Materials Cataloged Separately

No materials have been removed from this collection and cataloged separately.

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Processing and Other Information

Preferred Citation

George Washington Storer Papers, MS 319

Special Collections & Archives Department

Nimitz Library

United States Naval Academy

Selected Bibliography

The following sources were consulted during preparation of the biographical note:

Cogar, William B. Dictionary of Admirals of the U.S. Navy. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1989.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Mary R. Catalfamo in 1996. Finding aid written by Mary R. Catalfamo in 1996 and revised by David D'Onofrio in May 2014.

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Subject Headings

These materials have been indexed in the Naval Academy Library online catalog using the following terms. Those seeking related materials should search under these terms.

Name and Subject Terms

  • Biddle, James, 1783-1848
  • Boston (Sloop-of-war)
  • Columbus (Sloop-of-war)
  • Constellation (Frigate)
  • Courts-martial and courts of inquiry -- United States
  • Potomac (Frigate)
  • Ridgely, Charles Goodwin, 1784-1848
  • Storer, George Washington, 1789-1864
  • United States. Navy. Mediterranean Squadron
  • United States. Navy. South Atlantic Squadron

Genre Terms

  • Correspondence
  • Manuscripts
  • Orders (military records)
  • Receipts (financial records)
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Contents List

George Washington Storer Papers, 1815-1830

Box 1 Folder 1

From William C. Aylwin to George W. Storer, 1815 December 15

Court-martial of Midshipman Rand upon charges proffered by Lt. Storer.

Box 1 Folder 1

From Samuel L. Southard to George W. Storer, 1824 November 18

Circular directing all communications to Navy Department to be written upon standard size paper.

Box 1 Folder 1

From Samuel L. Southard to George W. Storer, 1825 March 21

Circular directing commanders to provide detailed reports on character and conduct of officers under their respective commands.

Box 1 Folder 1

From the Treasury Department, Fourth Auditor's Office to George W. Storer, 1826 March 17

Response of Lt. Storer's claim for chamber money.

Box 1 Folder 1

From John Rodgers to William M. Crane, Commanding Mediterranean Squadron, 1828 August 27

Circular regarding provision of slop clothing for seamen.

Box 1 Folder 1

From James Biddle to George W. Storer, Commanding U.S. Ship Boston, 1829 October 29

Circular advising strict adherence to appropriate channels for official communications to prevent "misrepresentation" by press, transportation of citizens' specie and other articles, arrest of officers, severe restriction on acting appointments, officers' conduct and character reports, ships' crews restricted from shore leaves to protect them, maintaining friendly relations with Mediterranean powers, and respecting foreign quarantine rules.

Box 1 Folder 1

From James Biddle to George W. Storer, Commanding U.S. Ship Boston, 1829 November 15

Circular regarding ban on transportation of Tripolitan citizens by U.S. Navy ships.

Box 1 Folder 1

From James Biddle to George W. Storer, Commanding U.S. Ship Boston, 1829 November 21

Circular regarding Governor of Minorca's ban on gambling. Includes a copy of the translation of the Governor's proclamation.

Box 1 Folder 1

From John Branch to James Biddle, Commanding Mediterranean Forces, 1830 March 6

U.S. Navy vessels to procure sugar cane and other cultivable plants adaptable to U.S. soil and climate. Includes a copy of a House resolution on the matter.

Box 1 Folder 1

From Isaac Chauncey to George W. Storer, Commanding U.S. Sloop of War Boston, 1830 May 1

Manner in which gun wads should be made and used aboard U.S. Public Ships.

Box 1 Folder 1

From Isaac Chauncey to George W. Storer, Commanding U.S. Sloop of War Boston, 1830 June 19

Dismissal of U.S.S. Boston carpenter, George Peale, for improper conduct.

Box 1 Folder 1

From James Biddle to George W. Storer, Commanding U.S. Ship Boston, 1830 August 22

Orders to report to court-martial duty.

Box 1 Folder 1

From John Rodgers to James Biddle, 1830 September 2[9]

Circular regarding semi-annual reports concerning naval stores and slop clothing.

Box 1 Folder 1

From James Biddle to George W. Storer, 1830 September 30

Circular regarding issuance of rice on regular rice days and supply of black silk handkerchiefs.

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George Washington Storer Papers, 1831-1839

Box 1 Folder 2

From James Biddle to George W. Storer, Commanding U.S. Ship Boston, 1831 February 4

Circular regarding Dr. Heerman's appointment and duties as Fleet Surgeon.

Box 1 Folder 2

From James Biddle to George W. Storer, Commanding U.S. Ship Boston, 1831 March 15

Circular regarding duties of the Fleet Surgeon with regard to the treatment of diseases transmitted to the Navy Department.

Box 1 Folder 2

From Levi Woodbury to James Biddle, Commanding Mediterranean Squadron, 1831 October 26

Circular regarding the transportation from abroad of U.S. Navy men whose service terms have expired.

Box 1 Folder 2

From James Biddle to George W. Storer, Commanding U.S. Ship Boston, 1831 October 26

Circular regarding the improper conduct of the tailor, Mr. Mons.

Box 1 Folder 2

From Levi Woodbury to James Biddle, Commanding Mediterranean Squadron, 1832 February 28

Circular regarding piloting regulations.

Box 1 Folder 2

From Marseilles Harbor Master to George W. Storer, Commanding U.S. Ship Boston, 1832 September 26

Transmission of regulations, in the French language.

Box 1 Folder 2

List of Officer Ordered to the U.S. Ship Concord, [1837]

Box 1 Folder 2

An Act to provide for the enlistment of boys for the Naval Service, 1837 March

Includes a copy of regulations for the enlistment and employment of boys in the Navy.

Box 1 Folder 2

From James K. Paulding to John Downes, Commanding Boston Navy Yard, 1839 June 11

Circular instituting a bounty of thirty-six dollars to every able seaman who enlists.

Box 1 Folder 2

From John Downes to George W. Storer, Commanding Receiving Ship Columbus, 1839 July 29

Columbus to be used as a receiving ship for the purpose of instructing Apprentice Boys and other recruits. Includes a July 24, 1839 letter from James K. Paulding to John Downes and a listing of the Complement which may be allowed to Receiving Ships of the Line.

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George Washington Storer Papers, 1840

Box 1 Folder 3

From Pension Office to John Downes, 1840 September 12

Regarding pension certificates for Thomas Richie and Henry Powell.

Box 1 Folder 3

From Treasury Department, Fourth Auditor's Office to George W. Storer, Boston Navy Yard, 1840 October 20

Regarding pay difference certificates for George Tully and William Collins.

Box 1 Folder 3

Account of disbursements at Boston by N. Wilson, Purser, U.S. Frigate Constellation, 1840 October-December

Box 1 Folder 3

Receipt of Constellation chronometers, 1840 November 3

Box 1 Folder 3

Receipt for named books composing the library of the U.S.S. Columbus, 1840 November 4

Box 1 Folder 3

Receipt for Cabin Furniture of U.S.S. Columbus, 1840 November 4

Box 1 Folder 3

Descriptive List of Men Transferred from the U.S. Ship U.S.S. Columbus to the U.S. Frigate Constellation, 1840 November 5

Box 1 Folder 3

Complement of U.S.S. Constellation, [1840]

Box 1 Folder 3

Report of officers and crew of the U.S. Ship Constellation, George W. Storer, Esq. Captain, 1840 November

Box 1 Folder 3

From Treasury Department, Fourth Auditor's Office to George W. Storer, U.S. Ship Columbus, 1840 November 9-13

Decision regarding pay entitlement for Passed Midshipman Bowers, who served as Acting Lieutenant, U.S.S. Columbus. Also includes a letter from Bowers to Storer on the matter.

Box 1 Folder 3

Writ of Habeas Corpus for the body of Joseph McFarland, 1840 November 10

McFarland was imprisoned aboard U.S.S. Constellation.

Box 1 Folder 3

List of Stationary received on board U.S.S. Constellation, 1840 November [10]

Box 1 Folder 3

To George W. Storer, Commanding U.S. Ship Constellation, 1840 November 15

Commencement of duty of Lieutenant Downes.

Box 1 Folder 3

To George W. Storer, 1840 November 19

Transfer of 8 men to U.S. Receiving Ship Columbus.

Box 1 Folder 3

From Thomas Petigru to George W. Storer, Commanding U.S. Ship Constellation, 1840 December 5

Report of three deserters from U.S.S. Constellation.

Box 1 Folder 3

Court-martial of Lieutenant Joseph Stallings, 1840 December 15

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George Washington Storer Papers, 1841-1842

Box 1 Folder 4

Court-martial of Lieutenant John C. Sharpe and related matters, 1841 January 1

Box 1 Folder 4

From Charles G. Ridgely to George W. Storer, U.S.S. Potomac, 1841 February 11

Regarding cargo inventory of American brig Malek Adhel.

Box 1 Folder 4

From Charles G. Ridgely to George W. Storer, U.S.S. Potomac, 1841 February [22]

General Order forbidding dueling and other personal conflicts among midshipmen of the Brazil Station.

Box 1 Folder 4

From Charles G. Ridgely to George W. Storer, U.S.S. Potomac, 1841 March 6

Personnel transfer to Potomac and other matters.

Box 1 Folder 4

From Charles G. Ridgely to George W. Storer, Commanding U.S.S. Potomac, 1841 June 23

Court-martial of Midshipmen Charles L. Cooper, Gustavus D. Lemoine, and Samuel D. Cowden. Includes a copy of the court-martial proceedings.

Box 1 Folder 4

From Charles G. Ridgely to R.C. Yates, U.S. Naval Store Keeper, 1841 July 15

Regulations for the use of stores for the Squadron, U.S. Naval Forces on the Coast of Brazil and Rio La Plata.

Box 1 Folder 4

From Charles G. Ridgely to William Boerum, U.S. Ship Concord, 1841 July 23

Concord to proceed to sea for three months off Cape Frio and relieve U.S.S. Potomac. 2 copies.

Box 1 Folder 4

From Charles G. Ridgely to H.W. Ogden, 1841 August 13

Commander Belt to relieve Commander H.W. Ogden of the U.S.S. Decatur off the River Plata. 2 copies.

Box 1 Folder 4

List of Officers attached to U.S. Ship Marion, 1841 September 30

Box 1 Folder 4

List of Officers attached to and on board of the U.S. Frigate Potomac, George W. Storer, Esq. Commanding, 1841 October 1

Box 1 Folder 4

From Abel P. Upshur to George W. Storer, Commanding Frigate Potomac, 1841 November 20

General Order revoking General Order of October 19th, 1840 regarding the disbursement of public money by pursers.

Box 1 Folder 4

Average Passages as reported from the United States to Rio de Janeiro, 1841

Data on ship class, name, master, origin, and cargo for ships traveling from the U.S. to Rio de Janeiro from 1834 to 1838 and 1840 to 1841.

Box 1 Folder 4

From Abel P. Upshur, 1842 May 10

Circular regarding the gathering of service record data of U.S. Navy officers.

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