Tuesday, September 12, 2017
September 12, 1862: Senator Grimes of Iowa Pushes the Navy
SEPTEMBER 12TH, 1862: Rear Admiral Du Pont wrote Senator Grimes of Iowa expressing his "warm appreciation of your tremendous labors in behalf of the Navy during the last session. I believe this to be emphatically the opinion of the whole service."
Grimes had strongly backed the bill creating the rank of Rear Admiral in the Navy.
In reply, the Senator stated: "I am in no wise deserving of the kind compliments you lavish upon me .... you know that up to my time [in Congress] it was supposed that all information in relation to your branch of the public service was confined to a select 'guild' about the Atlantic cities, no one from the interior having presumed to know anything about it.
"If i have been of any real service it has been in breaking down and eradicating that idea. , in assisting to nationalize the Navy -- in making frontiersmen as well as the longshoreman feel that he was interested in it and partook of its glory."