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    1860 Nautical Engineer's Manual Inscribed to John Spidell of the CSS Nashville and Isaac H. Walling, Who Helped Raise the Hull of the Merrimac. 4" x 6.25" folding black Moroccan leather wallet type binding. Engineer's and Mechanics Pocket - Book, Chas. H. Haswell, Harper & Brothers, 1860, 316 gilt edged pages. Bears the ink script inscription on the front leaf "John Spidell Mobile Bay Dec. 6, 1862", above which is an ink stencil "Capt. I. H. Walling, Little Neck L. Island." This same stencil is on the dedication page.

    Spidell served as third assistant engineer on the CSS Nashville in 1861 and 1862 and first assistant engineer on the CSS Florida from September 4, 1862 to January 15, 1863 while she was being fitted out in Mobile Bay. Isaac Walling's records provide an interesting and checkered history. Prior to the war, Walling was mate on the wrecking schooner Henry W. Johnson of New York, but on April 19, 1861 he enlisted in Company "E" of the 41st Virginia, transferring to Co. "C" 19th Virginia heavy Artillery on April 19, 1862 and to Kovell's Company of United Virginia Artillery on October 1, 1862. Recognizing his pre-war experience, however, he was detailed from April 15, 1861 to February 15, 1862 to aid in raising the hull of the USS Merrimac from the Elizabeth River. Walling is listed as a deserter on December 22, 1864, being taken aboard the USS Onondaga on December 23. The book is in excellent complete condition, just showing some honest wear on the edges. Copious working notes throughout. A scarce little book with a remarkable Confederate Navy history.

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