1865, Rear Admiral John J. Almy, Uss Juniata, Als, Regarding Seaman On Board
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1865, Rear Admiral John J. Almy, Uss Juniata, Als, Regarding Seaman On Board:
This item is a wonderful, original letter dated February 10, 1865, aboard the USS Juniata, South Carolina....where Admiral John J. Almy has written and twice signed a letter regarding seaman E.W.York, formerly of the 12th Mass Heavy Artillery , is now serving on board the Juniata. Letter is 8x10, folds, written and signed by Admiral Almy, overall very good condition.
John Jay Almy (April 21, 1815–May 16, 1895) was a U.S. Navy Rear-Admiral, who held the record for the longest period of seagoing service (27 years, 10 months).
In the Mexican War, he took part in the capture of Vera Cruz, and in the Civil War, he captured four blockade-runners and destroyed four others. As a Rear-Admiral during a violent revolt in Panama in 1873, he was able to protect American and European property, earning official thanks from many nations.
During the Civil War he commanded firstly the South Carolina in the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron under Admiral Du Pont from 1862 to 1863, then the Connecticut in the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron under Admiral Lee in 1864, and finally the Juniata in the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron under Admiral Dahlgren in 1865. While in command of the Connecticut, Almy captured four noted blockade-runners with valuable cargoes, and destroyed four others.
The Juniata was in the thick of the fighting during the first attack on Fort Fisher, closing Southern batteries to get in position for effective bombardment. Her daring upon this occasion, which cost her two officers and three men killed and 11 men wounded, was again displayed during the second attack on Fort Fisher between 13 January and 15 January 1865. Five more of her men were killed and 10 wounded in this assault which wrestled Wilmington from Southern hands, sealing off the Confederacy from effective foreign aid.
Almy was promoted to captain on March 3, 1865, and commanded the Juniata in a cruise to the South Atlantic, operating off the coasts of Brazil and Africa in 1865–67. While on the Brazilian coast, he rescued the crew of the shipwrecked Brazilian brig Americo, receiving the thanks of the Emperor of Brazil.
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