Dahlgren, John A.

Likely Civil War-time note to Navy Secretary Gideon Welles

Price: $225.00

Description:
(1809-1870) US Navy officer on ordnance duty in Washington 1847-63, invented “Dahlgren gun” 1851. Led Bureau of Ordnance 1862-63, 1868-69, RADM 1863, on sea duty 1863-65. Under his command, the Navy established its own foundry, and its first product was the Boat Howitzer, designed to be used on both ship and in landings. But, it is his cast iron cannon, which came to bear his name (the Dahlgren gun), which was his most famous contribution. By 1856, the Dahlgren gun had become the standard armament of the United States Navy. Dahlgren himself took charge of the Washington Navy Yard in 1861, and in 1863 took command of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron. In 1864, he helped Gen. Sherman secure Savannah. In 1869, he returned to the Washington Navy Yard where he served until his death. The naval station at Dahlgren, Virginia, Dahlgren Hall at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, and several ships were named for him, as was Dahlgren, Illinois. 7 ¾ x 5 pencil ALS to Navy Secretary Gideon Welles, np, April 19th (no year but likely of War date), does not know what time boat is to leave but presumes not before 10:30. Initialed note “H” in unknown hand below notes 9am. Gideon Welles (1802-1878) Secretary of the Navy 1861-69 under Presidents Lincoln & Johnson.

Condition: Very good, few words trifle light, 2 mail folds
Type:Autographed Note Signed






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