Allen, Gardner W.


New York, Printed for the Naval History Society by the De Vinne Press, 1st.ed., 1917, Limited to 700 numbered copies only of which this is # 255. Li + 304 pp., guarded frontis + 3 other guarded plates. Half vellum; grey boards; gilt lettering & society logo (latter to front cover); t.e.g., others uncut. 24 x 16cm. Ex.Lib. (The Essex Institute, received into their Library in Feb. 1918) with their bookplate, blind stamps, & ref. Number to spine. V.G. Francis Gregory Dallas was born in Boston in 1824 and entered the United States Navy as a midshipman on the 8th November 1841. Although the era between the War of 1812 and the American Civil War was one of peace on the whole, Dallas nevertheless lived through an important period when the American Navy, like its European counterparts, was experiencing the painful transition from sail to steam and in many respects naval construction, administration, and education were revolutionized and reformed. In the 1840’s six regular squadrons were maintained by the USN. Their cruising grounds included the West Indies and Gulf of Mexico, the Mediterranean, the Brazils, the Pacific, East Indies, and the west coast of Africa – the latter working alongside the Royal Navy suppressing the slave-trade. The US Navy also played an important role in the Mexican War – capturing all the chief ports, maintaining a strict blockade, and assisting the landing of the army at Vera Cruz. Both national and international events are measured in the correspondence and letters of this naval officer. His last active service followed a year on the African station when Lt. Dallas as prize-master was sent home in command of a captured slave ship. He died in September 1890. A VIEW OF THE UNITED STATES NAVY FROM 1841 TO 1859 THROUGH THE PAPERS OF A JUNIOR OFFICER. LIMITED EDITION OF 700 COPIES ONLY.

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