The Admiral of the Navy signs a 4x2½ card.
Signature: "George Dewey/Admiral of the Navy", 4x2½ card.
George Dewey (1837-1917) fought with distinction in the Civil War, rising
to the rank of lieutenant commander. As commander of the US Navy's Asiatic
Squadron and anticipating war with Spain in 1898, he had his fleet assembled and
ready to sail as soon was war was declared. On May 1, 1898, Commodore Dewey
entered Manila Bay in the Philippine Islands with a squadron of four cruisers
and two gunboats. The Spanish fleet was at anchor, and at 5:30 A.M.,
Commodore Dewey gave the order to Captain Charles V. Gridley of the flagship
Olympia: "You may fire when you are ready, Gridley." Rapid,
accurate fire sank or destroyed all ten ships of the Spanish fleet before
mid-day. This one-sided victory signaled the world that the US had become
a first-class naval power. Dewey was promoted to Rear Admiral nine days
later. In March 1899, Dewey was made Admiral of the Navy, a rank created
especially for him and the highest held by an American naval officer. (This
"6-star" rank has been held by only two other Americans, Generals Pershing and
Washington, the latter posthumously.) Creased at lower right blank corner.
Otherwise, fine condition.
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ADMIRAL GEORGE DEWEY
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