Confederate Navy Department Stationery – CS Surgeon Daniel B. Conrad, Stationed in Manassas, Va. is to Report to His New Duty – Signed by Franklin Buchanan – Later in the War after both Conrad & Buchanan were Captured at Mobile Bay, Conrad would Save Buchanan’s Leg from Amputation!
Dr. Daniel Burr Conrad had quite an amazing career serving first in the U.S. Navy and then as Surgeon of the 2nd Virginia Regt., Stonewall Brigade. Our document is dated September 23rd, 1861. The 2nd Virginia won great laurels at the battle of Manassas where T. J. Jackson acquired his nickname “Stonewall”.

Our document on Confederate light blue stationery detaches Conrad to “proceed to Charleston, S.C. forthwith, and report to Capt. D. N. Ingraham for duty. I am, respectfully your obedient servant, Franklin Buchanan, Captain in charge.”

Duncan Nathaniel Ingraham was the Commander of the Charleston Navy Yard. Franklin Buchanan entered the Confederate Navy as a Captain in 1861, and with his ironclad CSS Virginia he attacked and destroyed 2 wooden Union vessels at Hampton Roads in March of 1863. He was promoted to Admiral and was the ranking Officer in the Confederate States Navy. The book Autographs of the Confederacy, lists Buchanan as “A Scarce Signature”.

Conrad served at various Confederate Naval stations and while serving as Fleet Surgeon on the CSS Tennessee was captured. Confederate Admiral Buchanan was also seriously wounded and captured. With the help of the U.S. Navy Fleet Surgeon Palmer, the 2 worked together in saving Buchanan’s leg. Admiral David Farragut later paroled Conrad. A book is written about the exploits of Dr. Conrad entitled “Confederate Commando and Fleet Surgeon” by Dr. John W. Lynn.

On the reverse of the document is a short note headed, “Surgeon General’s Office, September 23, 1861” and reads, “It is requested that Surg. Conrad be relieved according to the terms of these orders. Respectfully forwarded to the Gen’l Commanding the Army of the Potomac. By order Charles H. Smith Surg. C.S.A.”

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