By Professor William B. Gould IV


Log of the U.S.S. Cambridge, Sept. 22, 1862.
On September 22, 1865, William B. Gould and the seven other contrabands are picked up by the U.S.S. Cambridge, then on blockade duty off the North Carolina coast near the Cape Fear River. This is the log of U.S.S. Cambridge for that day, which reports spotting "the strange sail" at 9:50 a.m. and states that the eight contrabands are picked up at 10:20. The ship's log states the "names of contrabands and their masters" including "Wm. B. Gold [owned by] Nicholas Nixon." To view the full page of the Cambridge log, click here. (Courtesy of the National Archives)