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    Fleet Captain Percival Drayton Autograph Letter Signed Twice. One page, 7.75" x 12.75", "Flag Ship Hartford, Off Mobile"; August 23, 1864. In a short note addressed to Lt. P. Giraud, Drayton gives orders regarding the transfer of rebel prisoners following the Battle of Mobile Bay on August 5, 1864. It reads, in full: "Proceed to New Orleans with Rebel officers captured at fort Morgan, and on your arrival report to Commodore LS Palmer cmdg 1st Dvn WGS who will give you orders for their disposition." He goes on to add the following postscript, "Lieut Edwards of the 6th Michigan artillery goes in charge and has a list of the prisoners." With docketing on verso.

    Percival Drayton (1812-1865) was a career naval officer in the Union Navy during the Civil War. Drayton was promoted to the rank of Commander in 1855 following his service during the Paraguay Expedition. At the beginning of the Civil War, he commanded the Pocahontas during the capture of Port Royal, South Carolina. His older brother, Thomas F. Drayton, had resigned in order to join the Confederacy and was defending the forts during this engagement. He gained command of the ironclad Passaic the following year, and eventually commanded the West Gulf Blockading Squadron in December 1863. During the Battle of Mobile Bay, Drayton took command of the squadron's flagship, the Hartford. From the Bret J. Formichi American Civil War Rarities Collection.

    Condition: Flattened mail folds. Light edge toning with minor foxing. The right vertical edge is slightly rough. Overall very good.

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