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Dahlgren, John Adolphus Bernard (1809-1870) to Thomas H. Patterson

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08517 Author/Creator: Dahlgren, John Adolphus Bernard (1809-1870) Place Written: Off Morris Island, South Carolina Type: Letter signed Date: 3 November 1864 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 25.1 x 20 cm.

Written by Rear Admiral Dahlgren as on the USS "Harvest Moon" to Commander Patterson of the USS "James Adger." Tells Patterson to bring in the "USS Dai Ching" inside the blockade when weather permits. Also wants Lieutenant Commander Chaplin to report to him.

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