Legal Records of the Smack L.A. Macomber (Coll. 45)

An Inventory of The Records at the G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport

Collection register prepared by the Manuscripts Division

Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc
Mystic, Connecticut

Overview of the Collection

Creator: L.A. Macomber (Smack)
Title: Legal Records of the Smack L.A. Macomber
Dates: 1863-1876
Abstract: Legal briefs (chiefly rough drafts), probate certificates, and powers of attorney, relating to the destruction of the L.A. MACOMBER. Includes copy of rules of the Court of Commissioners of Alabama Claims, together with act organizing the court (1874); correspondence to lawyer Frederick A. Holmes, of Mystic River, Conn., representing the complainants (i.e. owner and crew of vessel) from John Davis, clerk of the court, relating to the cases; and letter giving final disposition of each case.
Quantity: ca. 50 items
Identification: Coll.45

History of the Smack L.A. MACOMBER

The smack L.A. MACOMBER was built at Noank, Connecticut in 1853. Her length was 53' 3", breadth 17' 6", depth 6', and she measured 47 23/95 tons. She was described as a sloop rigged fishing smack.

The vessel was lying at anchor off Nantucket shoals on June 17, 1863 when she was captured and destroyed by the Confederate Bark TACONY. At the time of her destruction the MACOMBER had been out fishing for over a week and had on board approximately 2/3 of a cargo of fish.

Frederick A. Holmes, an attorney from Mystic River, Connecticut, represented the complainants, i.e. the owners and crew of the vessel, before the Alabama Claims Court (circa 1874-1876). The cases were numbered 1036 through 1042 by the Alabama Claims Commissioners.

The complainants were Elihu Potter (for James Potter), interest; Francis A. and Henry W. Brooks, 1/4 interest; Eunice Brown (for Pardon T. Brown), 1/8 interest; Sara P. Morse (for Stephen Morse), 1/8 interest; Joseph Lamphere, Nelson H. Peekham, Sally Ann Lamb (for Charles Barber); Charles F. Potter (crewman).

Scope and Content

The collection contains complainant's briefs, supporting documentation, copies of the "Rules of the Court of Commissioners of the Alabama Claims" and the Act organizing the court, related correspondence and the final disposition of each case.

Briefs are files numerically and are followed by related paperwork.

Index Terms

Davis, John--Correspondence
Holmes, Frederick A.--Correspondence
Corporate Entities:
Tucony (Bark)
United States. Court of Commissioners of Alabama Claims
Nantucket (Mass.)
Noank (Conn.)
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Claims
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Naval operations
Alabama claims
Document Types:
Powers of attorney
Lawyers--Connecticut--Mystic River

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Papers; 1861-1875
Box Folder
1 1 Two drafts of legal brief #1036, filed before the Alabama Claims Court on behalf of the owners of the smack L.A. MACOMBER, evidently written and presented by Frederick A. Holmes of Mystic River, Connecticut, circa 1875. Also an enrollment for the vessel, August, 1861; 1861, 1875
2 Complainant's Brief # 1037: Elihu H. Potter, for loss of personal effects and 1/2 interest in the L. A. MACOMBER. Also a Probate Court Certificate and a Power of Attorney (E. H. Potter to Frederick A. Holmes)
3 Complainant's Brief # 1038: Joseph Lamphere, for loss of wages and personal effects. Also a Certificate of Rule and two Powers of Attorney.
4 Complainant's Brief # 1039: Nelson H. Peekham, and also two Powers of Attorney.
5 Complainant's Brief # 1040: Sally Ann Lamb, Powers of Attorney to Frederick A. Holmes
6 Complainant's Brief # 1041: Charles F. Potter, for wages and personal effects. Also a Power of Attorney
7 Complainant's Brief # 1042: Sara P. Morse, for personal effects and 1/8 interest in the L.A. MACOMBER. Also two Power of Attorneys
8 Eunice M. Brown (#1036): Power of Attorney and Probate Certificate relative to 1/8 interest in the L.A. MACOMBER.
9 Francis A. Brooks (#1036): Draft of petition and Power of Attorney, relative to 1/4 interest in the L.A. MACOMBER
10 Correspondence from Alabama Claims Commission to Frederick Holmes relative to cases #1036-1042, including a letter containing final disposition of each case.