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During the Civil War, the Rear Admiral orders an ensign to report to the U.S. Steamer Mackinaw.
Manuscript LS: "H. Paulding" as Rear Admiral, 1p, 8x10. Commandant's Office, U.S. Navy Yard, New-York, 1863 August 15. To Acting Ensign Walter Rankin, U.S. Navy, New York. In full: "Report to Acting Master Robertson for temporary duty on board the U.S. Steamer Mackinaw". Penned at top: "Reported Augt 17th/John D. Robertson/Acting Master". In the War of 1812, Paulding performed gallantly as acting lieutenant of the Ticonderoga at the Battle of Lake Champlain (Plattsburg), September 11, 1814. In 1824, the 27-year-old lieutenant, on duty in the Pacific aboard the United States, volunteered to carry dispatches from the Peruvian port of Callao to Simon Bolivar's headquarters deep in the Andes, a 1500-mile trek through the mountains on horseback. He cruised the Mediterranean in the 1830s and, in 1844, took the Vincennes on a three-year cruise to China. In 1861, Paulding took command of the U.S. Navy Yard in New York City. Although technically retired in December because he was 64, he was kept on special duty and was promoted to Rear Admiral in July 1862. At the time of his death on October 20, 1878, he was the senior officer on the naval list and the last surviving officer of the Battle of Lake Champlain. Lightly creased and soiled. Overall, fine condition.

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Born: December 11, 1797 in Cortlandt, New York
Died: October 20, 1878 in Huntington, New York

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