Shock, William H. (fl. 1855-1860) to E.R. Archer
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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01896.035 Author/Creator: Shock, William H. (fl. 1855-1860) Place Written: U.S.S. Frigate Powhatan Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 8 August 1860 Pagination: 2 p. ; 32 x 20 cm. Order a Copy
Two letters, one from Chief Engineer Shock and the other from Captain Pearson, regarding Archer's decision to resign his position as an officer in the U.S. Navy. Both men express their regret about his decision but laud him with praise for his excellent service under their respective commands. Shock was a pioneer in the steam Navy and rose to become engineer in chief of the US Navy. George F. Pearson (1796-1867) was captain of the Powhatan. He rose to the rank of rear admiral.
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