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

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Series 23. Samuel Dana Greene (1869-1883, 1931)

Scope and Content

The collection consists of letters, orders, and other official communications to, and both manuscript and letterpress copies of letters from, Greene while in command of various vessels, as well as receipted bills for personal and chandlery supplies for the ships. The documents from Admiral Turner are mostly printed circulars, and Volume 1 includes a letter to Naval History Society librarian Dorothy Barck providing details about the Greene family, from the Boston book and autograph dealer who sold these manuscript materials to the Society. Volume 2 provides detailed information on Saranac's officers, rigging, crew, and movements via its log, while the volumes from USS   Juniata and   Monongahela detail requests for enlistment and re-enlistment, reports of missing sailors, and other daily shipboard operations. Correspondence to the Secretary of the Navy is addressed to George M. Robeson (1869 - March 1877) and Richard W. Thompson (April 1887 - 1880).

Biographical Note

Samuel Dana Greene (1840-1884) served as USS Monitor's only executive officer, under five different commanders, assuming command after Captain Worden was wounded in the engagement at Hampton Roads with CSS  Virginia (originally   Merrimack) on March 9, 1862. Although criticized for permitting   Merrimack's retreat, he acted in accord with the orders of both President Lincoln and Assistant Secretary of the Navy Gustavus V. Fox (Series 17), confining   Monitor to a defensive role. Between 1866 and 1884 he served in various capacities at the US Naval Academy. From 1868 to 1871 he saw service with the Pacific Squadron aboard USS   Saranac to Chile under the command of Admiral Turner; commanded USS   Juniata of the European Station in 1875-1876 and the training ship USS   Monongahela off the East Coast from 1876-1877; and was in command of cadet engineers from Annapolis aboard USS   Despatch from 1882 to 1884. He killed himself at the Portsmouth Navy Yard, attributed to anxiety over an article on the  Monitor/Virginia engagement he was preparing for publication.

Container 1     Title Date
Volume: 1 General Orders and Circulars from Rear Admiral Thomas Turner, USN commanding the Pacific Fleet
1869-1870, 1931
Volume: 2 Watch, Quarters & Station Bills, USS Saranac, Pacific fleet
1870
Volume: 3 General correspondence, USS Juniata
1875 January 25 - 1876 February 12
Volume: 4 Correspondence with the Secretary of the Navy from USS Juniata and USS  Monongahela
1875 January 25 - 1877 July 18
Volume: 5 Telegrams sent from USS Juniata and  Monongahela
1875 January 28 - 1877 June 9
Volume: 6 Letters received aboard USS Juniata and USS  Monongahela
1876 May 23 - 1877 January 31
Volume: 7 Letter press copies USS Monongahela
1876-1877
Volume: 8 Letters received on USS Monongahela
1877 January 23 -July 23
Volume: 9 Receipted Bills for Personal Expenses
1879 January 30 - 1881 December 31
Volume: 10 Letters received on USS Despatch
1882 July 10 -1883 June 27

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