I was digging through some old files and came across something that I thought might be useful to anybody working on research projects involving the Arkansas,Mobile Bay, the USS Cayuga or the action on the lower Mississippi, particularly around Baton Rouge. The Cruise of the US Gunboat "Cayuga" is a diary/journal in the Massa papers at Syracuse University.Terry Foenander has been kind enough to transcribe portions of it on his excellent website. What I had forgotten until looking through it tonight, however, is how good the drawings are in the journal. It includes maps of the area around Baton Rouge and Mobile, drawings of several ships and plantations, etc. If these are of interest to you be sure and check this out. This is the info on the collection:
Creator: Massa, Samuel B., 1842-
Title: Samuel B. Massa Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1861-1868.
Quantity: 0.5 linear ft.
Abstract: The papers of the U.S. Navy paymaster during the Civil War include outgoing correspondence (about 100 items), mostly to Massa's family, about war-time naval operations; a diary (1861-1863); and memorabilia, including photographs.
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Library
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010