Re: Henry Morton Stanley Enlistment
Mark, Here's what I've got on Henry Morton Stanley. His real name was John Rowlands, he was born June 29, 1841 in Scotland. His father died early and he was brought up in St Asaph workhouse. After nine years of hardship he ran away, and finally shipped as a cabin-boy on board an American vessel bound for New Orleans, 1859. He attracted the of a kindly cotton-broker, Henry Stanley, who obtained a situtation for him in the store and finally adopted him. He spend two years traveling among the Mississippi towns with Stanley, who educated him. He was living in Giles, Tennessee in 1860. On the death of his adopted father, in 1861, entered the service of the Confederate States as a volunteer in the 6th Arkansas Inf and was taken prisoner in 1862. I don't the exact dates or places this took place. I'm sure someone has these. He later joined the US Navy and this is when writings and world travels started. I hope this helps some. R.D.