Union Navy 12 Documents – Welles, Farragut, Porter & More
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(Union: Navy) Group of papers of Ansel B. Besse of Wareham, Mass., who was an acting Assistant Engineer, U.S.N. (7/1862-12/1865) aboard the vessels Kensington, Merrimac, and Pink, some of the time at New Orleans and Mobile. Twelve items; various places, July 1862 – August 1865 + 1900; mostly 4to., a few folio.
Included are appointment notices/orders, transfer orders, and grants of leave of absence.
There are 5 Letters signed of Gideon Welles as Sec. Navy (some partly printed), two with Endorsements signed by Rear Adm. D(avid) G. Farragut on integral leaf (one also w/Endorsement signed by Rear Adm. H(iram) Paulding), three Endorsements signed by Paulding as Commandant (of Brooklyn Navy Yard); a printed reprimand from Welles ordering use of “whole sheets” in corresponding w/the Navy Dept.; partly printed Letter signed by H(enry) K. Thatcher as acting Rear Adm. on letterhead of West Gulf Squadron, off Mobile, Ala., 11 July 1865, granting a leave; a folio D.S. by David D. Porter, 10 August 1865, granting a 4-month leave and noting the possibility of discharge thereafter; “true copies” of a couple of orders, one signed by Besse; and a 1900 Massachusetts state certificate of service.
Condition varies, w/marg. and fold wear, soiling on most; short fold breaks; the Porter with some foxing and ghosting, but overall quite good.