Jenkins, Thornton A.

1880 check signed by the Navy hero, received surrender of Port Hudson, with Farragut at Mobile Bay

Price: $50.00

Description:
(1811-1893) Virginia-born US Navy officer during the Mexican-American and Civil Wars. He later served as Chief of the Bureau of Navigation 1865-69, RADM 1870, United States Naval Institute president 1883-85. Entered Navy as a midshipman in 1828, served first in the West Indies against pirates and slavers. Examined for a commission as lieutenant, he placed 1st among 82 candidates and in 1831, helped suppress Nat Turner's slave insurrection. Prior to the Mexican-American War, Jenkins served with the Coast Survey and with the Brazilian and Mediterranean Squadrons. During the war with Mexico, as executive officer of "Germantown", he led landing parties from his ship at Tuxpan and Tabasco. Later, he commanded the store-ship "Relief" and the Supply Station at Salmadena Island. In the interval between the wars, he served in Baltimore, returned to the Coast Survey, and was Secretary of the Lighthouse Board. His Civil War record was distinguished. In 1861 Jenkins performed secret services for President Lincoln until he became ill in 1861. He later became a captain and served primarily in Farragut's West Gulf Blockading Squadron, commanding the "Oneida". He served as Farragut's chief of staff and was later wounded while commanding a convoy escort group. As Senior Officer Present, in command of "Richmond", he received the surrender of Port Hudson on 9 July 1863 as Admiral Farragut had temporarily gone to New Orleans on business at the time. Jenkins later commanded a division of the Squadron. He was present at the Battle of Mobile Bay and heard Farragut utter the famous line "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead." According to Thornton, what Farragut actually said was “Go ahead sir and damn the torpedoes!” As RADM, he commanded the Asiatic Squadron 1870 until his 1873 retirement. In 1874, he was appointed by President Grant as commissioner to represent the Navy Department at the 1876 Centennial exhibition. Partly-printed DS completed in another hand, 3 x 8 green-printed National Metropolitan Bank of Washington check for $200 payable to "Proceeds", dated February 4 1880; nice signature of Jenkins.

Condition: Very good, one trivial tiny spindle hole
Type:Check






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