Virgil Dorsey [born c. 1845] was the slave of James J. Allnut, a farmer and planter living in Calvert County, Maryland. Dorsey enlisted with Company A, 30th Regiment USCT on 7 February 1864 for a three year term. His enlistment records describe him as a 19-year-old black farmer from Calvert County, Maryland. Allnut submitted a claim for compensation as owner of Dorsey under General Orders No. 329 on 23 February 1864. On 25 March 1864, Allnutt signed a Deed of Manumission and Release of Service freeing Dorsey. On 16 April 1864, Dorsey was transferred into the U.S. Navy. He was a landsman on the Steamship Massachusetts, a gunboat in the blockade of Confederate ports. After the War, Census records show Dorsey as married to Martha and working with boats as a scowman.
William Colton is listed in the 1864 Baltimore directory as a Property Agent and Collector. Leander Warner is listed as agent and Notary Public. James C. Lyon was a store clerk. (Inventory #: 36487)