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Guide to the Caspar F. Goodrich Collection
1862-1933
  MS 439.21

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Container List

Series II. Naval War College lectures and lecture notes (1862-1904)

Scope and Contents note

The subseries includes notes, handwritten drafts, and final versions (mostly carbon typescripts) of lectures Goodrich presented at the Naval War College, as well as notes on other topics. Also included are a newspaper clipping and a list of personal items, perhaps from the Goodrich residence, found with the lecture materials. "The Problem of 96" is one of the annual examinations by College cadets of a challenge in coastal defense: the 1896 one looked at a specific part of nearby Narragansett Bay. This is an early precursor of the theoretical "war games" the College famously initiated.

The numbered lectures were delivered in order as part of a series on famous international naval encounters, from the Battle of Sluys in 1340 to Drake's destruction of King Phillip's fleet in Cadiz Harbor in 1587, Napoleon's Nile Campaign of 1798, and the 1827 Battle of Navarino during the Greek War of Independence. These form the backdrop for Goodrich's final multipart lecture on Dewey's engagement in Manila during the Spanish-American War, which had occurred only three years before these lectures. It is unclear if the material on the Army's landing in Cuba formed part of this presentation.

Arrangement

The lecture notes are arranged chronologically and the numbered lectures in order as noted on them and their original packaging. Some lectures' accompanying graphic materials (maps and photoreproductions probably used in the preparation of lantern slides) were pinned to the lecture text; these have been separated, numbered by page on which they appeared, and housed by lecture. The notes' original envelopes are in separate folders; they may date any time from the lectures in 1901 to the collection's donation to the Naval History Society in 1933.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Extract from "Fortifications and Sea Coast Defenses," Congressional Committee on Military Affairs
1862
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Lists of personal items
probably 1890s
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Problem of 96: Eggemoggin Reach; copy of Admiral Mahan letter to Taylor on the subject
1895 July 19, undated
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Newspaper clipping on privateering
1896 April 16
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Letter on armored cruisers from Admiral W.S. Schley
1896 July 23
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Naval War College documents: Elements of a "War Chart and Defense Plan"; definition of art of war; document on international law
1896, undated
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Letter defining Mediterranean compass variations 1798; notes on Egyptian campaign of 1798
1901 Jan 22, undated
Box: 2 Folder : 8 First lecture: Battle of Sluys. Text
1901
Box: 2 Folder : 9 First lecture: Battle of Sluys. Photoreproductions, maps
1901
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Second lecture: Singeing the King of Spain's Beard: Cadiz, 1587. Draft
1901
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Second lecture: Singeing the King of Spain's Beard: Cadiz, 1587. Text
1901
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Third lecture: Blake at Porto Farina. Draft
1901
Box: 2 Folder : 13 Third lecture: Blake at Porto Farina. Text
1901
Box: 2 Folder : 14 Third lecture: Blake at Porto Farina. Maps and photoreproductions.
1901
Box: 2 Folder : 15 Fourth lecture: Blake's last fight - Santa Cruz de Teneriffe, April 20, 1627. Text
1901
Box: 2 Folder : 16 Fifth lecture: The Nile Campaign I. The Pursuit. Text
1901
Box: 2 Folder : 17 Sixth lecture: The Battle of the Nile II. The Attack. Draft
1901
Box: 2 Folder : 18 Sixth lecture: The Battle of the Nile II. The Attack. Text
1901
Box: 2 Folder : 19 Sixth lecture: The Battle of the Nile II. The Attack. Maps and reproductions
1901
Box: 2 Folder : 20 Seventh lecture: The Battle of Navarino. Draft.
1901
Box: 2 Folder : 21 Dewey at Manila: Notes
1901
Box: 2 Folder : 22 Dewey at Manila: I. Introduction. II. Strained Relations. III. Dewey's Objectives. IV. Authorities. V. American Preparations
1901
Box: 2 Folder : 23 Dewey at Manila: VI. The Opposing Forces. VII. Spanish Preparations. VIII. Spanish Accounts of the Battle
1901
Box: 2 Folder : 24 Dewey at Manila: IX. American Accounts of the Battle. X. The Finish
1901
Box: 2 Folder : 25 The landing of the army in Cuba
circa 1901
Box: OS 1 Folder : 8 Assorted lecture notes. Envelope
1904
Box: OS 1 Folder : 9 Second lecture. Singeing of the King of Spain's Beard. Envelope
Undated
Box: OS 1 Folder : 10 Seventh lecture. The Battle of Navarino. Envelope
Undated
Box: OS 1 Folder : 11 Seventh lecture. The Battle of Navarino. Map blueprints
Undated
Box: OS 3 Folder : 1 Sixth lecture. Battle of the Nile. Envelopes
Undated

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