Fort Fisher

Fort Fisher
Fort Fisher, NE Bastion. Frank Vizetelly (National Geographic)

Friday, March 25, 2016

A New Photograph of the Union Navy's Bad Boy Commando-- Part 1

From the April 2016 Smithsonian Magazine "A new addition to #MyDaguerreotypeBoyfriend Is the Civil War's Most daring naval Officer" by Jamie Malanowski.

There he stands, all cocky and sure of himself on the deck of Rear Admiral David D. Porter's flagship, and former blockade-runner USS Malvern, December 1864, as the fleet prepared for its assault on vaunted Fort Fisher, N.C.  The picture was taken by famous photographer Alexander Gardner.

This photo was recently donated to the United States Naval Academy Museum by collector Peter Tuite.

He had just returned from a much-deserved whirlwind leave and had been awarded the Thanks of Congress, promoted a full rank and honored and feted in New York, Philadelphia and tiny Fredonia, New York (his hometown).

Who Was He?  Next Post.  --Old B-Runner

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