Sale 5127

Lot 3204

Paulding, Admiral Hiram (1797-1878), Document Signed as Commandant of the New York Navy Yard, Feb 15, 1864; an orders jacket forwarded and signed "H. Paulding"; includes photographic Carte de Visite ca. 1870s by E. Anthony of New York from a Mathew Brady negative. The document also includes the endorsement, "Reported May 11th 1864, off Charleston S.C., [signed] J A Dahlgren, Rear Admiral, S A B Squadron", and is handstamped as received by the Treasury Department on Sep 15, 1884, Very Fine. A rare Civil War document signed by two Admirals, .
Suggested Bid $300

Paulding began his career in 1811 and served admirably in several theaters of operation. However, when his Home Squadron captured American mercenary, William Walker, who was attempting to unite several Central American countries as English-speaking colonies under his rule, it created a controversy over the legality of seizing American nationals in neutral foreign lands. As a result, Paulding was forced into retirement. At the outbreak of the Civil War, President Lincoln recalled Paulding to help build the Union fleet and he served as Commandant of the New York Navy Yard for the duration of the war.

John Adolphus Bernard Dahlgren (1809-1870) founded the Navy's Ordnance Department and oversaw major advances in gunnery, including a cast-iron muzzle-loading cannon with greatly increased range and accuracy, known as the Dahlgren gun, that became the Navy's standard armament. In the Civil War he served as Commander of the Washington Navy Yard, establishing the Bureau of Ordnance. In 1863, he took command of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron at the rank of Rear Admiral, and helped General William Tecumseh Sherman secure Savannah, Georgia.

Lot 3200

Foote, Admiral Andrew Hull (1806-1863), Autograph Letter Signed datelined "New Haven, July 17/62", 5" x 8"; the letter, to Dr. Charles Cullis in Boston, reads, "Agreeably to your request I send you a few words in M.S. [?] but a large correspondence and not having recovered from the effects of my wound at Fort Donelson compels me to be brief", signed "A H Foote, Flag Officer, U.S.N."; also includes a photographic Carte de Visite of Foote by Charles D. Fredricks & Co. of New York; letter with small tear at upper right, bottom corners of card rounded, F.-V.F. A rare Foote Civil War letter mentioning the wound received at Fort Donelson., .
Suggested Bid $300

In February 1862, then-Captain Foote and General Grant launched an operation against Forts Henry and Donelson. Foote's fire on Fort Henry was so effective that it surrendered before Grant even moved his Army into position. Fort Donelson, however, was more difficult and Foote was wounded during the attack. After recovering, later in 1862, Foote was promoted to Rear Admiral and given command of the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron but died suddenly en route to his assignment.

Lot 3209

Rodgers, Admiral Admiral John (1812-1882), Autograph Letter Signed datelined "Navy Yard, Aug 25" [late 1860s], 5" x 8"; the letter is an invitation to "Maj Genl J. B. Foster" [probably John G. Foster], in part, "Genl Sherman, Secretary of the Navy [probably Gideon Welles] & Vice Adl. Porter will come to my house tomorrow at 12. Meredith, my wife & I shall be very glad if you and your ladies will grace us with your company", signed "Yours very truly, John Rodgers"; also includes a photographic Carte de Visite of Rodgers by E. Anthony of New York, F.-V.F.
Suggested Bid $250

Rodgers, son of War of 1812 hero, Commodore John Rodgers, rose from Commander to Captain to Commodore during the Civil War, organizing and commanding Gunboat Squadrons. After the War he commanded the Boston Navy Yard until 1869 when he was promoted to Rear Admiral and given command of the Asiatic Squadron and later, the United States expedition to Korea.

Until 1869, when he was promoted to Rear Admiral and given command of the Asiatic Squadron and the.

Lot 3194

Breese, Admiral Samuel Livingston (1794-1870), Autograph Letter Signed, "U. S. Ship Cumberland, Boston 24 Sept. 1843", 8" x 10", letter to Secretary of the Navy, David Henshaw recommending a Mr. A.B. Campbell of Philadelphia, "If the Department has not already designated a Professor of Mathematics for this ship." Also includes a photographic Carte de Visite of Breese ca. 1870s by E. & H. T. Anthony of New York from a Mathew Brady negative; tear in clear upper left corner; bottom edge of Carte de Visite trimmed slightly, F.-V.F.
Suggested Bid $200

Breese was commissioned in 1816, serving in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. He was, for a short time, Military Governor of Tuxpan during the Mexican War. In the 1850s he commanded the Norfolk Navy Yard, followed by the Mediterranean Squadron and, finally, the Brooklyn Navy Yard. In July 1862 he was given the rank of Commodore and placed on the retired list and in September of that same year, was one of the first group of 13 Commodores promoted to Rear Admiral when that rank was introduced into the Navy. He was appointed Lighthouse Inspector in the same year and became Port Admiral of Philadelphia in 1869.

Lot 3201

Goldsborough, Admiral Louis Malesherbes (1805-1877), Autograph Letter Signed as Captain of the "U. S. Frigate 'Congress', Rio Janeiro, November 29th 1859", 8" x 12½"; an order to have the ship's "dingy" thoroughly inspected as per a suggestion made by the ship's carpenter earlier that same day and written on the other side of the same order; addressed to the two Lieutenants and the Master of the Congress and signed "L. M. Goldsborough, Captain"; also includes an unattributed Carte de Visite photo of Goldsborough, ca. mid-1860s; the letter has a horizontal tear at the left edge affecting the name of one of the Lieutenants and the signature of the carpenter, "C. Jordan," on the reverse, F.-V.F.
Suggested Bid $200

Goldsborough began his Naval career at the age of 11 when he became a Midshipman at the U.S. Navy Academy. During his career he served as Superintendent of that same Naval Academy (185357) and commander of the Brazil Squadron (185961), the Atlantic Blockading Squadron (1861), the newly formed North Atlantic Blockading Squadron (1861-65), the newly formed European Squadron (1865-68), and the Washington Navy Yard (1868-73).

Lot 3216

The Trent Affair - James Murray Mason and John Slidell, two photographic Cartes de Visite ca. 1870s by E. Anderson & Co. of New York from a Mathew Brady negative, Very Fine.
Suggested Bid $200

The Trent Affair was a diplomatic incident that occurred in November 1861 and threatened a war between the United States and the United Kingdom. The U.S.S. San Jacinto, commanded by Captain Charles Wilkes intercepted the British mail packet R.M.S. Trent and illegally took into custody two Confederate diplomats that were aboard, James Murray Mason and John Slidell. Wilkes considered the two, who had been bound for Britain and France to press the Confederacy's case for diplomatic recognition and to lobby for possible financial and military support, to be contraband of war.

In the U.S., the public celebrated the capture and rallied against Britain, threatening war. In the Confederacy, the hope was that the incident would lead to a break in Anglo-American relations, possibly even war, or at least to diplomatic recognition by Britain. The British public disapproved of this violation of their neutral rights and insult to their national honor, while the British government demanded an apology and the release of the prisoners, taking steps to strengthen British military forces in Canada and the Atlantic.

President Lincoln and his advisors did not want to risk war with Britain and, after several tense weeks, the Lincoln administration disavowed Captain Wilkes's actions and released Mason and Slidell, who resumed their voyage to Britain but failed in achieving diplomatic recognition. No official apology was ever made.

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