Confederate Navy Research Center, Mobile, Alabama,
General order of Commander Page, C. S. Navy, issued to commanding officers of vessels in the Savannah River.
No. 1.
Savannah River, April 17, 1863.

1. The regulations of the Navy of the Confederate States, issued by the Secretary of the Navy, dated April 29, 1862, will be enforced by the commanders of all vessels in this squadron.

2. The tender Firefly will run between Savannah and the ship while lying below Fort Jackson at the following hours, viz:
Leave Savannah, Exchange Wharf, at 7:30 a.m., returning at 10:30 a.m.; at 5 p.m., returning at 6:30 p.m.
After starting, the boat is not to be stopped by anyone. On returning and arriving she will start from and come to the steamer Savannah.

3. The first and second in command of each vessel are not to be absent on liberty at the same time. At this time, when the enemy are threatening an attack, officers should leave their vessels as little as possible. Midshipmen and master's mates will be given permission to leave the ship on liberty only by the commanding officer afloat.

4. All officers are required to be on board at 9 a.m., ready for the general duties of the ship and the service. Officers who have families in the city only will be allowed to be out of the ship all night, unless by special permission of the commanding officer afloat. Where there are two medical officers attached to a vessel, one always to be on board.

5. Four men from each ironclad vessel, and two men from the other vessels, will be allowed liberty each afternoon until the next morning at 8 o'clock (when the place and duties of the service will admit of it).
(This indulgence will only be extended to those who behave themselves, and return promptly at the time specified. A strict and correct liberty and deportment book will be kept by each commanding officer.)

6. Whenever liberty is given to men, they must be furnished with a pass from their commanding officer, stating the time when their liberty will expire.

7. No person will be sent to the hospital without a proper ticket, approved by the commanding officer afloat. Copies of the sick list will be sent to the commanding officer afloat daily.

8. As many of the midshipmen and master's mates as can be spared from duty will repair on board
the Savannah each day (Sundays excepted) at 10 a.m. for instruction and study in their profession, under such officers as may be designated for that purpose.

9. One boat from each vessel to be at all times fully equipped with arms, oars (ready to be muffled), water, and provisions for three days.

10. Until the 1st of August no boat to be absent after 8 p.m. except on duty; and during the months of August and September, not after sunset, except by permission of the commanding officer afloat. No boat to leave the vessels during meal hours except on urgent duty.

11. Paymasters will have their pay rolls punctually made up to the end of each month, and the officers paid on the last day of each month. Such money as may be ordered for the crews will be paid on the 1st of each month. Three months' pay of the men to be reserved on the books.

12. All requisitions will strictly conform to the prescribed rules, and will be submitted only on Monday of each week (except in case of great urgency). They will be signed by their proper officers and be handed to the secretary afloat, for approval by the commanding officer afloat.

13. Requisitions for clothing and small stores to be made on the 1st of each month; at the same time the men's clothes to be inspected.

14. One month's provisions will be kept on board of each vessel.

15. Clothes will be washed on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays of each week; hammocks on the first and third Monday of each month, at which time the bedding will he spread out to be aired. The preparatory signal will be made the previous evening at sundown.

16. The men will be exercised not less than half an hour each day (Sundays excepted) at the great guns and small arms. The marine guards will be drilled every day (Sundays excepted) under the direction of the marine officers.

17. The attention of officers is especially called to the extravagant prices of all articles of supply, and they are enjoined to practice the greatest economy in every department.

18. It is expected that commanding officers of vessels will cause the above orders to be strictly enforced.

 R. L. PAGE,
Commanding Naval Forces Afloat.

The above order sent to all commanding officers.

Return to the Assorted Topics Page
2002,, John E. Ellis