Admiral Dahlgren Sends Fort Sumter's Captured Guns and Ammunition North!

This letter is done in a very beautiful hand and is signed by Admiral John Dahlgren (an LS).  Talk about historic!  Dahlgren is writing Lt. Commander Stephen P. Quackenbush, who was commanding the “Mingoe”.  Quackenbush had previously commanded the “Unadilla”, one of the finest blockade runners captured off of Charleston (her cargo included Whitworth guns!).  He also commanded the “Patapsco”, which had been blown up by a torpedo off of Fort Sumter killing more than half of its crew. 

Dahlgren states that Quackenbush is authorized to send the captured guns and shot to a northern port providing the cost does not exceed from two to three dollars per ton.  He states that it may be “impractical to remove the guns, if so send the shot only.”  He also tells Quackenbush that a “Coal Schooner” would probably be the best way to send them. 

The letter is one page in ink and would frame up beautifully with one of the Dahlgren photos that we have listed under Civil War Photos.  

Flag Ship

Charleston Harbor, S.C.
April 29, 1865

Lieut. Commdr. S. P. Quackenbush,
Commd’g “Mingoe”

Georgetown, S.C.


    I am in receipt of yours of 27th April inst. and in reply.

    You are authorized to send the guns, also the shot to a Northern port provided the cost does not exceed from two to three dollars per ton.
    It may however, be impracticable to remove the guns; - if so send the
shot only.
    A Coal Schooner will afford the best opportunity,

Respy. Your Obdt. Servt.
J. A. Dahlgren
Rear Adml. Commdy So. A. B. Sqd.
(South Atlantic Blockade Squadron)



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