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Guide to the Naval History Society Collection
1721-1995 (bulk 1781-1936)
  MS 439

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Description is in English.

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Series 12. Francis Gregory Dallas (1837-1915; bulk, 1837-1859)

Scope and Content

The collection consists of incoming and copies of outgoing correspondence in English and German, two private journals, and photoreproductions of materials used by the Naval History Society in the publication of "The Papers of Francis Gregory Dallas, U.S. Navy. Correspondence and Journal, 1837-1859," edited by Gardner W. Allen, 1917, and published as the eighth volume of the Society's publications.

Biographical Note

Francis Gregory Dallas (1824-1890) served aboard Columbia in the Mediterranean and coastal Brazil, and aboard various ships in the Gulf of Mexico during the Mexican War (1846-1848). In 1848 he attended the Naval School at Annapolis, but was dismissed from the Navy in 1848 for having engaged in a duel. In 1849 he began three years of service in the Navy of the German Confederation, including as first officer of the imperial steam corvette  Royal Ernst. He returned to the United States in 1852 and from 1854 to 1857 was aboard   Decatur in the Pacific Squadron, along the west coast of the United States for the protection of white settlers and then in Panama. Aboard   Dale, along the African coast, he seized barque  Orion on suspicion of being engaged in the slave trade, returning with it to New York in 1859. He was subsequently mentally disabled and was retired from active duty.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Correspondence
1837-1845
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Correspondence
1846-1847
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Correspondence
1848
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Correspondence
1849-1852
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Correspondence
1852
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Correspondence
1853
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Correspondence
1854
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Correspondence
1857-1858
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Correspondence
1859
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Photoreproductions for printed edition of Papers
1877-1917
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Correspondence, accounts
undated
Volume: 1 Private journal
1849 May 23 - 1857 July 7
Volume: 2 Private journal "To Panama thence across the Isthmus to Aspinwall, New York et cetera Philadelphia Station & barque release to African Squadron and U.S. Ship Dale "
1857-1858

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