Item #1400 Memoir of George Smith Blake, Commodore U. S. N. Frank Blake, Jr.
Memoir of George Smith Blake, Commodore U. S. N.
Memoir of George Smith Blake, Commodore U. S. N.
Memorial to USNA Superintendent During the Civil War, George Smith Blake

Memoir of George Smith Blake, Commodore U. S. N.

(Cambridge): (University Press), 1871. First edition. Original cloth over boards. Octavo. 25 pages. Bound in dark green cloth over bevelled boards, dark brown coated endpapers. Upper board titled in gilt. A bit of spotting to boards, slight splitting to front enepapers along inner margin. Very good overall.

Memorial volume to Commodore George S. Blake, the Superintendent who adroitly guided the U. S. Naval Academy through the Civil War. This volume is written by Blake's nephew, and discusses his naval career, including the dangers he faced at the beginning of the Civil War with the Naval Academy being located in Annapolis. It was Commodore Blake who successfully moved the Naval Academy from Annapolis to Newport, Rhode Island for the duration of the war. The text includes letters from Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles when Blake retired in 1865.

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