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Author McKee, Christopher, 1935- author.

Title Ungentle goodnights : life in a home for elderly and disabled naval sailors and Marines and the perilous seafaring careers that brought them there / Christopher McKee
Published Annapolis, MD : Naval Institute Press, [2018]
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Contents Introduction: the old men and me: a search for enlisted history -- A note on terminology -- Refuge on the Schuylkill -- Life's ebb tide -- A rocky start -- The ship comes ashore -- A curious character -- Deserving old men, once young -- The few, the fortunate -- Shipmates -- What shall we do with the drunken sailor? -- A house of refuge for exotic malefactors -- Hard lives, tolls collected -- Minds decayed, minds disordered -- Leaving asylum -- Voyage's end -- Safe harbor-finally found -- Epilogue: Seeking the old men today -- Appendix: Sailors of color in the pre-Civil War U.S. Navy -- The Naval Asylum and its beneficiaries: a survey of sources
Summary "Ungentle Goodnights uses the records of the United States Naval Asylum (later the United States Naval Home), a residence for disabled and elderly sailors and Marines established by the U.S. government, to recover the lives of the 541 men who were admitted there as lifetime residents between 1831 and 1866. The records of the Naval Asylum are an especially rich source for discovering these lower-deck lives because would-be residents were required to submit summaries of their naval careers as part of the admission process. Using these and related records, published and manuscript, it is possible to reconstruct the veterans' lives from their teenage years (and sometimes earlier) until their deaths."--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject United States. Naval Asylum -- History
United States. Navy -- Biography
United States. Navy -- Sea life -- History -- 19th century
United States. Naval Asylum.
United States. Navy.
Older people -- Care -- United States -- History -- 19th century
Sailors -- United States -- History -- 19th century
Veterans -- United States -- History -- 19th century
Armed Forces -- Sea life.
Older people -- Care.
United States.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2018026407
ISBN 1682473678
Other Titles Life in a home for elderly and disabled naval sailors and Marines and the perilous seafaring careers that brought them there