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    Archive of Six Autograph Letters of Lieutenant George Blodgett, Commander of U.S. Gunboat Conestoga, 1862. The letters start in April, 1862 when Blodgett, only 24 years old, assumed command of the Conestoga. He proudly describes his ship, "The noble craft which I have the honor of commanding is not iron clad, but is, the fastest vessel in the fleet." He promises that if in combat, "...she will come out victorious or sink with our glorious flag floating bravely over her." Blodgett describes several engagements with Confederate gunboats and batteries, including the naval battle at Saint Charles, Arkansas on June 17, 1862. He also writes of his hope, after the war, to command a steamship running between California and China. Blodgett, a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, wrote informative, interesting, and readable letters. The archive also includes a carte de viste of Lieutenant Blodgett in full uniform (2.5" x 4") and ten pages of research. He died in November 1862. A fine, researchable archive.

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