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Seth Ledyard Phelps Letterbook, January 2, 1861-September 9, 1864

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Identifier: A1211

Title: Seth Ledyard Phelps Letterbook, January 2, 1861-September 9, 1864


Seth Ledyard Phelps, a native of Ohio, enlisted in the U.S. Navy in October 1841, and eventually rose to the rank of lieutenant commander. He resigned October 29, 1864.

Letterbook consists of correspondence primarily to and from Seth Ledyard Phelps while commanding U.S. Navy gunboats on the western waters from 1861 to 1864. Correspondence contains accounts of naval operations mainly along the Mississippi, Tennessee, and Red Rivers, including the movement of gunboats to capture Forts Henry and Donelson, and operations during the Red River Campaign. The collection also contains extensive correspondence regarding repairs to the U.S.S. Eastport and its eventual destruction, and repairs to the U.S.S. Choctaw and U.S.S. Lafayette. Principal correspondents include Admiral David D. Porter, Captain Alexander M. Pennock, and Commodore Andrew Hull Foote, in addition to 3 letters of General William T. Sherman.

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2 boxes (approximately 350 items)

Cite as: Seth Ledyard Phelps Letterbook, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

Rights: UND


Dates: 1861-1864

Type(s): Book, Letter




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