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REAR ADMIRAL WINFIELD SCOTT SCHLEY - AUTOGRAPH 1884 - HFSID 24390

WINFIELD S. SCHLEY As Commander of an expedition to rescue Adolphus Greely in the Arctic Signature: "W.S. Schley/Commander, U.S.N./Commander Greely Relief Ex. 1884", 1p, 4½x3¼. In 1881, ADOLPHUS W. GREELY commanded a U.S.

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WINFIELD S. SCHLEY
As Commander of an expedition to rescue Adolphus Greely in the Arctic
Signature: "W.S. Schley/Commander, U.S.N./Commander Greely Relief Ex. 1884", 1p, 4½x3¼. In 1881, ADOLPHUS W. GREELY commanded a U.S. expedition to establish an Arctic meteorological station on Ellesmere Island, attaining the most northerly point reached up to that time, 83º 24' N. He explored Ellesmere and Northern Greenland. When relief ships sent out in 1882 and 1883 failed to appear, Greely and his men started south. Greely had lost 19 of his 25 men by the time relief arrived in June 1884. The three relief ships were under the command of Commander WINFIELD S. SCHLEY. In 1898, Schley was promoted to the rank of Commodore and in the Spanish-American War commanded the "flying squadron" ordered to seek out the Spanish under Admiral Pascual Cervera. When the Battle of Santiago was fought and the Spanish fleet destroyed, Commodore William T. Sampson was absent and Commodore Schley had command, thus giving rise to a bitter controversy over the credit for the victory. Schley and Sampson were made Rear Admirals in 1899. Mounting remnant on verso (light show through at upper left blank margin). Fine condition.

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