Our Collection

At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 70,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letters from World War II and Vietnam. Explore primary sources, visit exhibitions in person or online, or bring your class on a field trip.

Dahlgren, John Adolphus Bernard (1809-1870) to Lewis West

High-resolution images are available to schools and libraries via subscription to American History, 1493-1943. Check to see if your school or library already has a subscription. Or click here for more information. You may also order a pdf of the image from us here.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03836.74 Author/Creator: Dahlgren, John Adolphus Bernard (1809-1870) Place Written: Aboard USS "Philadelphia" at Port Royal Harbor Type: Letter signed Date: 19 September 1864 Pagination: 2 p. ; 25 x 19.8 cm.

Written in a secretarial hand and signed by Rear Admiral John Dahlgren as commander of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron to Acting Commander West. References West's letter of 12 September. Praises him for finding a channel at St. Catherine's, Georgia. Will send a small steamer to verify the channel and help buoy it.

Order a CopyCitation Guidelines for Online Resources