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AUTOGRAPHS > U.S. Naval Autographs

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item Auto5065: Autograph, Admiral Thomas T. Craven, U.S. Navy

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Autograph, Admiral Thomas T. Craven, U.S. Navy

(1808-87) Appointed a midshipman in 1822, he rose to the rank of lieutenant in 1830, and in 1838, Craven commanded the U.S.S. Vincennes, the flagship of Captain Charles Wilkes during the Antarctic exploring expedition. He served as commandant of the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, 1850-52, and was subsequently promoted to rank of commander. At the beginning of the Civil War, he commanded the Potomac River flotilla, and in 1862, as captain of the U.S.S. Brooklyn, he served under Rear Admiral David G. Farragut, participating in the capture of New...  

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Autograph, Admiral John Rodgers, U.S. Navy

(1812-82) Entered the navy as a midshipman in 1828. He was commissioned lieutenant in 1840, and saw service in the Seminole War, 1840-43. Commissioned commander in 1855. He was ordered to superintend the building of the "Benton" class ironclads on the Mississippi River in May 1861. In November of that same year, he joined the Port Royal expedition and hoisted the American flag on Fort Walker after its capture. In 1862, he commanded an expedition on the James River leading the attack on Fort Darling. His vessel was hit 129 times during the...  

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item Auto5063: Autograph, Admiral Stephen C. Rowan, U.S. Navy

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Autograph, Admiral Stephen C. Rowan, U.S. Navy

(1808-90) Born near Dublin, Ireland. Appointed a midshipman in the U.S. Navy in 1826. His initial cruise was made on the Vincennes, which, between 1827 and 1830, under Commander Bolton, was the first U.S. Man-O-War to circumnavigate the globe. In 1837, he was commissioned lieutenant. He participated actively in the naval operations of the Mexican War; aided in the capture of Monterey and San Diego; served under Stockton at the battle of the Mesa, where he was wounded; led a night attack on the outposts of Mazalan; was present at the bombardment of...  

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item Auto5062: Autograph, Admiral Silas H. Stringham, U.S. Navy

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Autograph, Admiral Silas H. Stringham, U.S. Navy

(1798-1876) Born in Middletown, New York, he entered the navy as a midshipman in 1809. He fought in the War of 1812, the Second Barbary War, the Mexican War, and the Civil War. In 1819, Stringham was serving aboard the Cyane, conveying black settlers to Liberia. While the Cyane was off the African coast, Stringham was given command of a boat and captured four slaver ships. He was then appointed prize-master and sent home with the captured prizes. In 1821, Stringham was appointed First Lieutenant of the brig Hornet, and was promoted to captain in 1841. He...  

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item Auto5061: Autograph, Admiral Charles Steedman, U.S. Navy

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Autograph, Admiral Charles Steedman, U.S. Navy

(1811-90) Born in Charleston, S.C., he was appointed midshipman in April, 1828, and performed his first services in the West Indies and the Mediterranean Sea. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1841, and during the Mexican War was at Vera Cruz and Tampico, commanding the siege guns in the bombardment of Vera Cruz. He was promoted to commander in September 1855, and in 1859-60, he commanded the Dolphin in the Paraguay expedition and for a time had charge of the Brazilian squadron. When the Civil War broke out, Steedman although of Southern birth, remained...  

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item Auto5058: Autograph, Commodore John M.B. Clitz, U.S. Navy

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Autograph, Commodore John M.B. Clitz, U.S. Navy

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(1821-97) Born in Sackets Harbor, N.Y., he entered the U.S. Navy as a midshipman in 1837, and was promoted to passed midshipman in 1843. During his long naval career he served in the West Indies Squadron, the Mediterranean Squadron, the Home Squadron, the U.S. Coast Survey, the East India Squadron, and the Pacific Squadron. During the Mexican War, he participated in the siege of Isla de Sacrificios off Vera Cruz, the surrender of the Castle San Juan de Ulua, he was on patrol in the Gulf of Mexico, and took part in the...  

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Autograph, Admiral Charles S. Boggs, U.S. Navy

U.S. Navy pay voucher signed by this Union Civil War naval hero!

(1811-88) Born in New Brunswick, N.J., he was a career navy man. He was appointed midshipman, November 1, 1826; lieutenant, September 6, 1837; commander, September 14, 1855; captain, July 16, 1862; commodore, July 25, 1866; rear admiral, July 1, 1870; retired, January 28, 1872. He served on the "Princeton" during the Mexican War. From April 18-24, 1862, Boggs commanded the Union gunboat "Varuna" during the attack on Forts Jackson & St. Philip,...  

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item Auto5049: Autograph, Admiral Christopher R.P. Rodgers, U.S. Navy

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Autograph, Admiral Christopher R.P. Rodgers, U.S. Navy

Signed as Rear Admiral and Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy

(1819-92) Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was appointed a midshipman in 1833. He saw action in the Seminole War, 1839-42, and participated in the Mexican War at the taking of Vera Cruz, Tobasco, and Tupan. Commissioned commander in October 1861, he served with much distinction on the "Wabash," and as fleet captain of Rear Admiral Samuel F. Dupont at the battle of Port Royal, S.C., and was in command of the naval forces in the trenches at the capture of Fort...  

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item Auto5048: Autograph, Gustavus V. Fox, Assistant Secretary U.S. Navy

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Autograph, Gustavus V. Fox, Assistant Secretary U.S. Navy

(1821-83) He was born at Saugus, Mass., and studied at Phillips Academy, in Andover, Mass. Appointed a midshipman in 1838, he served on the brig "Washington," in the squadron of Commodore Matthew Perry, and in 1847, during the Mexican War, he took part in the capture of Tabasco, Mexico. In 1861, President Abraham Lincoln gave Fox an appointment in the navy, and sent him on the steamer "Baltic," on a mission whose objective was to bring relief to Major Robert Anderson, and his small garrison, at Fort Sumter. Arriving too...  

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Autograph, Admiral Samuel P. Lee

War period signature with rank

(1812-97) Born in Fairfax County, Virginia, he was the son of Francis Lightfoot Lee II, grandson of Richard Henry Lee, brother-in-law of Francis P. Blair, Jr., and Montgomery Blair, and cousin of Robert E. Lee. He was appointed a midshipman in the U.S. Navy in 1825, and saw extensive service at sea, including action during the Mexican War. At the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, he was captain of the sloop of war, Vandalia. Lee then commanded the steam sloop, Oneida, in the 1862 New Orleans,...  

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Autograph, Admiral David D. Porter

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(1813-91) He sailed with his father, Commodore David Porter, to the West Indies to suppress piracy in 1824, and joined the U.S. Navy in 1829. He served in the Gulf during the Mexican War. On April 22, 1861, he was named commander, and with his mortar fleet joined his foster brother, Admiral David G. Farragut, in March 1862 for the capture of New Orleans. He took command of the Mississippi River Squadron in September 1862 with rank of Acting Rear Admiral, and in cooperation with General William T. Sherman captured...  

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Autograph, Admiral Samuel F. Du Pont

War Period Signature With Rank

(1803-65) Appointed a midshipman in 1815. He fought prominently during the Mexican War, operating on the Pacific coast where he quickly showed his skill as a naval combat commander, taking or destroying thirty enemy ships and clearing the Gulf of California in the process. Du Pont transported Major John Fremontís troops to San Diego, where they captured the city. Du Pont then continued operations along the Baja coast, including the capture of La Paz, and burnt two enemy gunboats in the harbor of Guaymas under...  

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