William Radford, Civil War Naval Officer, Handwritten Letter Dated March 5, 1870 For Sale
William Radford, Civil War naval officer, handwritten letter dated March 5, 1870 William Radford (1808-1890) was a U.S. Naval officer, veteran of both the Mexican and Civil Wars. Radford became a commander during the Civil War, in charge of the frigate,
Cumberland. He was aboard the Roanoke when the ship was attacked and sunk by the Confederate ram, CSS Virginia
during the Battle of Hampton Roads in 1962. He would go on to receive
the promotions of captain and commodore and would be put in command of
the armored ship New Ironsides which went into battle against the
Union attacks on Fort Fisher. He was made a rear admiral in 1866 and
would go on to command the European
This handwritten letter by Radford is dated March 5, 1870. On the
official stationary of the Flag Ship "Franklin," the letter is addressed
to J.G. Walker of the "Sabine," Naples, Italy. The letter is sent
regarding supplies requested by Walker. Radford explains that "the
articles required by you cannot be furnished." It references a vessel
that recently made a delivery of "Beef, Pork, Apples, Pickles and
Butter." The document is signed W. Radford," as rear-admiral commanding
the European Squadron.
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