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Civil War archive of Confederate Navy Lieutenant Dabney Scales including an 1863 journal detailing Dabney Scales assignment in Europe (approx. 250 pages), Scale’s 1860 U.S. Practice Ship “Plymouth” log journal (188 pages), and a Scales family post-War accounting journal spanning from 1871-1882 in Memphis, TN. Biography of Dabney Scales – Dabney Minor Scales (1841-1920) of Memphis, TN was the son of Peter Scales, a planter from Virginia. Dabney attended the US Naval Academy and joined the Confederate Navy at the outbreak of the Civil War. He served on the CSS Savannah, CSS Capital, CSS Arkansas, CSS Atlanta, and the CSS Shenandoah. In 1863-4, Scales was assigned to Europe and spent time in London and Paris regarding the outfitting and manning of Confederate ships constructed in England. After the Civil War, Dabney Scales lived in Mexico a short period before returning to Memphis to practice law. Dabney was elected to the Tennessee legislature and served in the Tennessee State Senate. In the Spanish-American War, he served as a lieutenant during the conflict. 1st item – 1863 journal detailing Dabney Scales’s assignment in Europe (approx. 250 pages) beginning April 24th, 1863 on Iron Clad “Atlanta off Fort Jackson near Savannah, GA and concludes on March 26, 1864 in Paris, France. Highlights from this extensive diary include running the blockade of Charleston on the steamer, “Ella and Anna”. Scales writes of their voyage to Nassau, Havana, St. Thomas, and finally to Southhampton, England. Upon arriving in Paris with fellow officers of the Confederate Navy, he reviews his days “sight seeing” in the Paris environs while also commenting on the war news from home. There is considerable discussion about the CSS Florida at Brest and Scales has communications with some of the Florida officers by person or written correspondence through other shipmates. 2nd item – Dabney Scale’s 1860 U.S. Practice Ship “Plymouth” log journal (188 pages) from his period at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, June 25, 1860 to Setember 26, 1860. CONDITION: 1st item – covers lost, most of binding lost with several of the first 30 pages separated from binding. All very legible. 2nd item – Spine with losses, minor wear commensurate with age. 3rd item – post war accounting journal with losses to spine.