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James Maglenn Collection


James Maglenn (1833-1914), chief engineer of the Civil War blockade runnerAd-Vance, was a native of Ireland who emigrated to the United States at the age of 19 in 1852.This small collection includes the original 1857 engineer's certificate issued to Maglenn, a xerox copy of a sketch of theAd-Vance as well as a copy of a portrait of Maglenn.

Title

James Maglenn Collection

Collection Number

PC.1962

Date(s)

1857; 1863 - 1864

Language

English

Physical Description
Items
3
Abstract

James Maglenn (1833-1914), chief engineer of the Civil War blockade runner  "Ad-Vance", was a native of Ireland who emigrated to the United States at the age of 19 in 1852.

This small collection includes the original 1857 engineer's certificate issued to Maglenn, a xerox copy of a sketch of the  "Ad-Vance" as well as a copy of a portrait of Maglenn.

Physical Location

For current information on the location ofthese materials, please consult the Public Services Branch, State Archives of North Carolina.

Creator

Maglenn, James

Repository

State Archives of North Carolina


Available for research.


Copyright is retained by the authors of these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law (Title 17 US Code). Individual researchers are responsible for using these materials in conformance with copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.


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James Maglenn (1833-1914), chief engineer of the Civil War blockade runner  "Ad-Vance", was a native of Ireland who emigrated to the United States at the age of 19 in 1852. When and where he mastered the engineering of steamships is unknown.

By 1860 Maglenn was living at New Bern, N.C., where he pursued his occupation. It was here, presumably, that he met and, in 1861, married his wife, Anna. Sometime after the opening of the Civil War, Maglenn entered the service of the navy of the Confederate States of America. Then, when the Glasgow-built sidewheeler  "Lord Clyde" was purchased by the state of North Carolina for use as a blockade runner, re-christened the  "Ad-Vance", and brought to Wilmington, N.C., on June 28, 1863, Maglenn joined the vessel as second assistant engineer on her first voyage. On her second voyage he was first assistant engineer. Then from her third voyage onward, until the ship was captured by the U.S.S.  "Santiago de Cuba" off Wilmington on September 10, 1864, Maglenn served as chief engineer for the next twenty or so voyages.

After the war Maglenn returned to New Bern with his family where he continued his occupation as a machinist. Subsequently he transferred from steamship engineering to steam railway engineering. By 1880 he was master mechanic for the railroad shops at Laurinburg, N.C. From here he moved to Raleigh where he was employed as a master mechanic and superintendent of motor power for the Seaboard Air Line Railroad. Maglenn died at Raleigh on June 10, 1914, and was buried in Oakwood Cemetery.


James Maglenn (1833-1914), chief engineer of the Civil War blockade runner  "Ad-Vance", was a native of Ireland who emigrated to the United States at the age of 19 in 1852. When and where he mastered the engineering of steamships is unknown.

By 1860 Maglenn was living at New Bern, N.C., where he pursued his occupation. It was here, presumably, that he met and, in 1861, married his wife, Anna. Sometime after the opening of the Civil War, Maglenn entered the service of the navy of the Confederate States of America. Then, when the Glasgow-built sidewheeler  "Lord Clyde" was purchased by the state of North Carolina for use as a blockade runner, re-christened the  "Ad-Vance", and brought to Wilmington, N.C., on June 28, 1863, Maglenn joined the vessel as second assistant engineer on her first voyage. On her second voyage he was first assistant engineer. Then from her third voyage onward, until the ship was captured by the U.S.S.  "Santiago de Cuba" off Wilmington on September 10, 1864, Maglenn served as chief engineer for the next twenty or so voyages.

After the war Maglenn returned to New Bern with his family where he continued his occupation as a machinist. Subsequently he transferred from steamship engineering to steam railway engineering. By 1880 he was master mechanic for the railroad shops at Laurinburg, N.C. From here he moved to Raleigh where he was employed as a master mechanic and superintendent of motor power for the Seaboard Air Line Railroad. Maglenn died at Raleigh on June 10, 1914, and was buried in Oakwood Cemetery.


[Identification of item], PC.1962, James Maglenn Collection, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC, USA.


Gift, George M. Smart, Jr., Durham. NC, 2007.


Additional information on topics found in this collection may be found in the Manuscript and Archives Reference System (MARS)  http://www.ncarchives.dcr.state.nc.us.


This small collection of materials includes the original 1857 engineer's certificate issued to him at Norfolk, Virginia, that licensed him as a first assistant engineer following the examination of his qualifications as prescribed by an 1852 act of Congress. In addition the collection includes a xerox copy of the sketch of the  "Ad-Vance" written by him and published in volume 5 of  Clark's Regiments (pages 335-340) as well as an enlarged copy of the portrait of Maglenn that appears in that volume.


This small collection of materials includes the original 1857 engineer's certificate issued to him at Norfolk, Virginia, that licensed him as a first assistant engineer following the examination of his qualifications as prescribed by an 1852 act of Congress. In addition the collection includes a xerox copy of the sketch of the  "Ad-Vance" written by him and published in volume 5 of  Clark's Regiments (pages 335-340) as well as an enlarged copy of the portrait of Maglenn that appears in that volume.


  • Maglenn, James
  • Ad-Vance (ship)
  • Blockade
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Blockades