A scarce Confederate States imprint, given to a U.S. Navy officer, from Commodore H.K. Thatcher.
This is a scarce Confederate Naval Imprint entitled, ‘REGISTER OF THE COMMISSIONED AND WARRANT OFFICERS OF THE NAVY OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES, TO JANUARY1, 1863.’ No cover (if it ever had one), 14 pages.
A presentation copy given to ‘Lt. Com’g W.W. Low- with Respects of H K Thatcher,’ is written in period ink on the title page. These two officers first served together on the USS Constellation, when serving in the Mediterranean hunting for Confederate blockade runners and raiders. One of these was the CSS Sumter, commanded by Admiral Raphael Semmes, who was eventually forced to surrender having been held up at Gibraltar.
Commodore Thatcher was reassigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron from September 1863 to January of 1865. He then became the commander of the West Gulf Blockading Squadron, that eventually captured Mobile, Alabama just prior to the end of the Civil War.
Lieutenant Commander William W. Low was appointed an officer in the Navy in 1861; his first duty was aboard the USS Constellation, and then on September 11th,1863, took command of the Steamer, USS Octorara, joining the West Gulf Blockading Sqd. The Octorara was active in the blockading of Mobile, the bombardment of Fort Powell, etc. He was re-united with Commodore Thatcher when he the commander of the West Gulf Blockading Squadron.
During the engagements in the campaign to take Mobile, several Confederate ships were taken including the CSS Tennessee, Selma, Gaines, Morgan, etc. It is highly possible that this imprint came from on of these vessels having been acquired by Thatcher who in turn presented this copy to Low.
The condition is very good, with separations on the spine/ folds, some foxing, and stains on the back cover. An historical piece of Confederate and Union naval history.
|Dimensions||14 × 12 × 1 in|