Dear Ms. Ciampi,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Muster Rolls of Naval Ships, 1/1/1860 - 6/9/1900 in the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24) that includes Muster Rolls of U.S.S. Rattler, 1863-1864; U.S.S. R. B. Forbes, 1862; U.S. Coast Survey Schooner Ready, 1875-1879; and U.S.S. Red Rover, 1863-1865. These records have been digitized and may be viewed online using the Catalog. The rolls for the USS Red Rover begin on image 59. When viewing the images, you may wish to click on the red PDF icon under the “Documents” heading. This will allow you to view muster rolls as a single file. Once you have done so, you may use the blue download button to download the PDF. Due to the size of the files involved, it may take a little while for them to load in full. Please be patient. If you have any problems accessing these files, please email Catalog@nara.gov.
The muster rolls list enlisted members of the Navy as well as civilian members of the Navy. Employees of the hospital are indicated either on the far right (under remarks) or on the far left before the name. Please review the rating column to see the listing for “Nurse” or “Sister of Charity.” There are also women listed as laundresses.
Also worth noting is that in the “Personal Description” column, under “Occupation,” formerly enslaved persons are listed as “Contraband.” Race is also sometimes indicated in the “Eyes, Hair, Complexion” columns.
See also our reply to Seeking information on African-American Nurses on USS Red Rover.
For more information about the ship, see the article from the Naval History and Heritage Command on the Red Rover.
We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!