Henry Frederick Willink papers, 1861-1879

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322



Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/901vv

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Willink, Henry Frederick, b. 1825.
Title: Henry Frederick Willink papers, 1861-1879
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 243
Extent: 0.25 linear foot (1 box) and 1 oversized papers box and 1 oversized papers folder(OP)
Abstract:Papers of Savannah shipbuilder and alderman, Henry Frederick Willink, Jr. from 1861-1879.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.


Purchase from Keith M. Read, 1938.

Custodial History

Forms part of the Keith M. Read Confederate collection. Materials in this collection were among several related but distinct collections purchased in a single transaction from the same collector.


[after identification of item(s)], Henry Frederick Willink papers, Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Appraisal Note

Acquired by Emory University Librarian Margaret Jemison as part of the Rose Library's holdings in Southern history and the Civil War.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Henry Frederick Willink, Jr., shipbuilder and alderman, was born April 3, 1827, in Savannah, Georgia; it is uncertain when or where he died. As a member of the Savannah shipbuilding firm of Willink & Miller, he contracted with the Confederate Navy (1861) for the construction of the gunboat, Macon, and ironclad steamers, Savannah and Milledgeville, the last of which was partially complete when the city of Savannah was captured in December 1864. According to a May 1879 issue of the Savannah Times, Willink was at that time a Savannah alderman.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of correspondence, receipts, and ship plans relating to the building of the armored vessels Savannah, Milledgeville, and Macon. Correspondence is with Confederate Navy Commanders Stephen R. Mallory and Thomas W. Brent (some of which mentions the armored vessel Fingal, soon to be the Atlanta). Receipts are for payment of slave laborers on shipbuilding projects. Plans for the vessels include the signatures of John L. Porter, CSA Naval Constructor, and William A. Graves, CSA naval engineer.

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Box Folder Content
1 1 Correspondence and contract regarding the building of Confederate gunboats, 1861-1864
1 2 Slave bills of sale, 1862-1863
1 3 Henry Frederick Willink, biographical information, Savannah Times, May 31, 1879
OP1 - Drawings and plans for Confederate gunboats, including CSS Savannah, CSS Milledgeville, and CSS Macon and unidentified in original, print and negative formats
OP2 - Original drawings and plans for Confederate gunboats, including CSS Savannah, CSS Milledgeville, and CSS Macon and unidentified