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    Civil War Naval Autographs - A lot of 11 pieces, in a variety of formats, signed by officers in the Union navy. Includes John L. Worden Fine content A.Q.S. entitled "Extract from my report to the Navy Dept about the Monitor & her service" writing, in part: "When she was nearly ready for putting in Commission, I was authorised by the Dept to select a crew from the Reviewing Ship N Carolina or any other man of War in the Harbor of N.Y.... the probable dangers of the passage to H. Roads, and the certainty of having important service... had many more men to volunteer than was required... The statement that when she 'arrived in the [Hampton] Roads Volunteers were called for,' is utterly wrong. When I was ordered to the Monitor I was on temporary shore duty having only recently returned form Montgomery where I had been a prisoner there for seven months. the command of the Monitor was offered to me by the department & I as ordered to her whilst she was still on the sticks..."; John L. Worden A.L.S. June 22, 1884 to the editor of Century Magazine regretting that "...I cannot now comply with your complimentary request to prepare for your magazine reminisces of my experience in the 'Monitor'..."; John L. Worden A.L.S. April 8, 1885 to the president of the Sumter Club regretting that he will be unable to attend their meeting. Offered together with two signatures on small cards bearing his rank and dated 1874 and 1888; Henry A. Wise a fine Gettysburg association A.N.S. July 3, 1863 to Edward Everett noting that "The Salmon arrived in beautiful order." Everett would of course deliver the major oration at the dedication of the cemetery at Gettysburg just before Lincoln delivered his famous address there. Thornton A. Jenkins lengthy A.Ms.S. [no date] tipped to a page removed from a book, most likely J. Thomas Scharf's History of the Confederate States Navy from its organization to the surrender of its last vessel (1887). In part: "I purchased this vol[ume] from an ex Rebel Solder, who had lost a leg. I was actuated by motives of Charity & humanity, & not to assist in disseminating the venom illogical & false assertions of the author- There were not many, but a few of the officers of the U.S. Navy born South of the Potomac, who conscientiously believed it was their duty to give their professional knowledge & services to the Rebellion... According to this author, Farragut, & of course all who acted with him from the South, have & are, infamous- How about Buchanan a Pennsylvanian, & Semmes a Marylander..." Offered together with his signature on blank flyleaf from the same volume presenting it to Lieutenant Commander William A. Parker; Charles Wikes A.L.S. June 7, 1885 introducing his son; R. H. Wyman A.L.S. January 8, [18]82 expressing his concern over his correspondent's daughters sleigh accident. Overall, condition ranges from very good to fine. Should be viewed. From the Henry E. Luhrs Collection.

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    April, 2007
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