REAR ADMIRAL JOHN A. DAHLGREN - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED - HFSID 47241
Sale Price $427.50
JOHN A. DAHLGREN
The Civil War Rear Admiral writes to inform about the report of a Lieutenant's pistol
Autograph note signed: "J A Dahlgren", 1p, 5x7. No place, no date but probably 1860-1861. In full: "Mr. Norton will let Mr. Lindslay see the report of L: Wainwright on his pistol." 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. "L: WAINWRIGHT" is probably Lieutenant Richard Wainwright (1817-1862) who was stationed at the Washington Navy Yard on ordnance duty in 1860 and 1861, being promoted to Commander on April 24, 1861. Light, pinhead-size stains in blank areas. Lightly soiled and creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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