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Farragut, David Glasgow (1801-1870) to P. Wales

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02476 Author/Creator: Farragut, David Glasgow (1801-1870) Place Written: Aboard Flag Ship USS "Wissihigan" near Pilot Town, Louisiana Type: Autograph letter signed Date: April 7, 1862 Pagination: 1 p. ; 24.2 x 18.6 cm. + 1 engraving ; b&w ; 23.7 x 15.9 cm + 1 engraving ; b&w ; 23.7 x 15.3 cm

Summary of Content: Written by Flag Officer Farragut to Wales as Surgeon on the USS "Colorado." Commands him to take charge of the hospital at Pilot Town and to make arrangements for the comfort of the sick and wounded. He is allowed to take any of the houses, furniture, or appliances as needed. Forwarded by Captain T. Bailey. 2 black and white bust engravings of Farragut included.

People: Farragut, David Glasgow, 1801-1870

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesUnion GeneralNavyInjury or WoundMilitary CampMilitary SuppliesHome FurnishingsHospitalHealth and MedicalBattle

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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