REAR ADMIRAL JOHN A. DAHLGREN - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED - HFSID 294838
JOHN A. DAHLGREN
The Civil War Rear Admiral signs a short note regarding the U.S.S. Winona.
Autograph Note signed: "J A Dahlgren/Rear Admiral", 3¼x3¾ (clipped from larger document). In full: "Returned to the Bureau of Navigation and office of details as the Winona has gone North.-". John A. Dahlgren (1809-1870) was on ordnance duty in Washington from 1847-1863, reorganizing and equipping Washington's Navy Ordnance Yard. In 1851, Dahlgren devised a new 11-inch muzzle loading cannon known as the Dahlgren gun. In July 1863, Rear Admiral Dahlgren became Commander of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron and in 1864, aided in the capture of Savannah. John Dahlgren's brother, Charles Dahlgren, was a Confederate General. His son, Col. Ulric Dahlgren, was killed in 1864 during an abortive raid on Richmond, the purpose of which is still hotly debated by historians. John Dahlgren devoted much time in his later years to refuting the claim that the intended purpose of this raid was to assassinate Jefferson Davis. The U.S.S. Winona, which he mentions in the note, was a Unadilla class gunboat built for service in the Civil War. It saw action in the Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi River, and returned home safely after the war.Slightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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