Navy Department, 9 Feb. 1862. 2 p., 8vo: “The H. Lane has her Armaments and all stores on board. So far as the Yard is concerned, she is ready for sea.” The full date, including year, is provided in ink in a different hand on the verso. -- Navy Department, 19 Feb. [1862?]. 2 pp., 8vo: “Navy Department / The Pilot of H. Lane has returned – he left her yesterday afternoon at H. Roads – intending to go to sea today[.] the rim of her port then was struck by a shell – she stopped only to remove the hanging fragment – and made full repair of the slight damage at H. Roads." With an additionally signed postscript: “The Baltimore left H. Roads Monday night." -- To Captain Harwood, Chief of Ordnance. N.p., 20 March 1862. 2 pp., 8vo. “I recommend that the Bureau should contract with Knap & Wade for some guns of 15 width bore –the draft of which will be furnished from the Bureau – It is to weigh about Forty (40) thousand pounds and is shorter than the Rodman 15 inch[.] The Secretary of War expressed to Mr. Fox a willingness to let our guns take precedence of some he had ordered of Knap & Wade." -- To Brigadier General Joseph Hooker (1814-1879). N.p., 28 March 1862. 1 p., 8vo: “Brig. Gen Hooker / Commandg / I am much obliged for your assistance in recovering the banded gun – at this time it is very valuable as a result--.” Full date, including year, on verso in a different hand. -- Together, 4 autograph notes signed.
John A. Dalhgren founded the United States Ordnance Department and helped to advance major developments in artillery, notably devising a smoothbore howitzer. During the Civil War, he was commander of the Washington Navy Yard, establishing the Bureau of Ordnance, before taking command of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron as rear admiral 1863.
The Richard B. Cohen Civil War Collection Lots 79-98; 116; 138-153; and 266
Cowan's is pleased to offer the third installment of Richard B. Cohen's collection of Civil War Brown Water Navy photography. Richard was known to many in the field as a "disciplined collector who maintained a relatively narrow focus having built an important, perhaps unsurpassed collection in his area of specialization." From cartes de visite to large format photographs, this portion of the collection features a noteworthy selection of images of Brown Water Navy warships, among them, the USS Benton, Choctaw, Lafayette, and Louisville. Many important identified naval officers are also represented, including an exquisite CDV of the promising young officer, Lieutenant Commander William Gwin, who died of wounds aboard the USS Benton following an artillery duel with Confederate forces at Snyder's Bluff, and an exceptionally large war-date photograph of the controversial commander of the USS Pittsburgh, Egbert Thompson.
This auction also features a premiere selection of autographs and manuscripts from Richard's carefully curated collection. Highlights include a letter from Jefferson Davis to his distant cousin, John J. Pettus, Governor of Mississippi, dated a year before secession, conveying intricate plans for securing armaments in preparation for the war; an Abraham Lincoln signed endorsement; a letter from Admiral D.G. Farragut from New Orleans, offering excellent insight into his "political" thinking as well as his dedication to his work; correspondence from Gideon Welles, David Dixon Porter, U.S. Grant, and W.T. Sherman; and a pair of superb letters with highly descriptive accounts of the Battle of the Monitor and Merrimac.
Provenance:The Richard B. Cohen Civil War Collection
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