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John Dahlgren "Father of American Naval Ordnance" Autograph Letter Signed Requesting Weapons to Test
JOHN A. DAHLGREN, (1809-1870). Rear Admiral, Naval Ordnance Innovator and Commander of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron during the Civil War, called the "Father of American Naval Ordnance."
May 23, 1857-Dated Pre Civil War, Autograph Letter Signed, "Jno. A. Dahlgren," Washington, D.C., 1 page, quarto, 7.5" x 9.25" by sight, in modern wood frame, 11.5" x 13.5", Choice Extremely Fine. Expected faint folds and pencil notation at lower right, well written on clean light blue period wove paper in extremely fine condition. Not examined outside of frame. Here, John Dahlgren requests samples of new bayonets be sent to him by their inventor for testing. It reads, in part: "... I should like to have one sword-bayonet & the knife bayonet forwarded by express, as soon as possible in order that the fitting of the sample muskets may proceed... The devices you send look very well, but you do not state with sufficient clearness what the cost is to be..." These tests would lead to the adoption of the sword bayonet for the Model 1861 Whitney "Plymouth" rifle adopted by the US Navy. Attractive, framed and ready to hang on display.