REAR ADMIRAL WINFIELD SCOTT SCHLEY - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 02/04/1899 - HFSID 270808
Sale Price $288.00
WINFIELD SCOTT SCHLEY. Autograph Letter signed: "W. S. Schley", 1p, 4½x6¾ with blank integral leaf. Washington, D.C., 1899 February 4. To Mr. and Mrs. Grant Wilson, New York, N.Y. In full: "I regret extremely to say that it will not be possible for me to be present at the meeting of the Genealogical and Biographical Society on Friday evening Feb. 10th, and I thank you for the kind inteerest suggesting it! Respectfully yours". A Union naval officer during the Civil War, Winfield Scott Schley (1839-1911) commanded the Greely rescue expedition in the Arctic in 1884. He was second in command to W.T. Sampson in commanding the naval force blockading Santiago de Cuba in the Spanish-American War, Schley commanding the "flying squadron" of cruisers. Commodore Schley directed the action that destroyed the Spanish fleet in Sampson's absence on July 3, 1898, resulting in a controversy over the credit for the victory. Both men were promoted to Rear Admiral in 1899. Lightly creased and soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.
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