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John A. Dahlgren War-Dated DS with Two Related Naval Documents

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John A. Dahlgren War-Dated DS with Two Related Naval Documents

Estimate: $300 - $400

Current Bid: $100

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August 17, 2022 10:30 AM EDT
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Wilton, CT, US


John A. Dahlgren War-Dated DS with Two Related Naval Documents

A group of three Civil War naval documents signed by prominent military and political figures, John A. Dahlgren, Levi Woodbury, and Robert Shenck. One is war-dated, the group dating from 1832-1868, and all are addressed to Captain James C. Williamson. All with flattened folds, with varying degrees of toning, soiling, and foxing throughout. There is a small amount of chipping to some, with additional separations at the folds. Overall, very good. The group includes the following:

1. "JA Dahlgren" Signed Document. 1p, measuring 8.25" x 13.75", Flag Ship "Philadelphia", Port Royal Harbor, dated August 19, 1864. Addressed to Commander Williamson aboard the "Flag". Dahlgren asks Williamson to review a sailor's qualifications for promotion to Acting Ensign of the Navy.
2. "Levi Woodbury" Signed Printed Letter. 1p of a bifolium, measuring 7.75" x 9.5", [New York] Naval Department, dated January 7, 1832. Addressed to James C. Williamson, appointing him an Acting Midshipman in the Navy of the United States.
3. "Robt C. Shenck" Signed Document. 1p of a bifolium, Washington, D.C., dated March 3, 1868. Addressed to Captain Williamson in regards to House Bill No. 196.

John Adolphus Bernard Dahlgren (1809-1870) was a United States Navy officer who founded his the Naval Ordnance Department and launched significant advances in gunnery, such as the cast-iron muzzle-loading cannon known as the Dahlgren gun, that became the U.S. Navy's standard armament. During the Civil War, Dahlgren was made commander of the Washington Navy Yard, and in 1863, he took command of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron.

Levi Woodbury (1789-1851) maintained a four-decade career in public office, notably serving as Secretary of the Treasury from 1834-1841 and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1834-1841. He also served as Secretary of the Navy from 1831 to 1834 under President Andrew Jackson. Robert C. Schenck (1809-1890) was a Union general who saw service at both battles of Bull Run, Jackson's Valley Campaign, and the Battle of Cross Keys. He later resigned his commission to take his seat as a member of the House of Representatives for Ohio, from 1863 to 1871

Navy Union Captain James C. Williamson (1813-1871) was appointed to the Navy in 1832 as a midshipman and served in a variety of posts including Executive Officer of the USS "Brooklyn". Over the course of his career he commanded the USS "Wyandotte", the USS "Perry", the USS "Penguin", the USS "Flag", and the USS "Dai Ching". As commander of the "Penguin", he served in the East Gulf Blockading Squadron from 1862-63, and then was transferred to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron from 1864-65. He gained the rank of captain in October 1866.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.


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