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

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03836.84 Author/Creator: Dahlgren, John Adolphus Bernard (1809-1870) Place Written: Aboard USS "Harvest Moon" on the Savannah River Type: Letter signed Date: 13 January 1865 Pagination: 1 p. ; 24.6 x 19.6 cm.

Written by Rear Admiral Dahlgren as commander of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron to Acting Master West as commander of the USS "Fernandina." References West's communication of 2 January. Says "Endeavor to relieve the colored people who were pillaged, and prevent a repetition of the act."

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