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JOHN A. DAHLGREN (1809 - 1870) Union rear admiral and inventor of the cannon which bore his name. He also commanded the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron. Fine content A.L.S., 2pp. 4to., large 4to., Panama, Dec. 13, 1866 and marked "Unofficial" to Nathaniel Banks, then Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the House. Dahlgren makes a veiled hint that the U.S. should consider seizure of Bermuda and the Bahamas, in part: "...As you are now engaged in presenting to the house some propositions relative to our foreign relations, permit me to draw to your attention to the importance ...of the U.S. against the continued possession of England of the Islands that lay off our Atlantic Frontier -particularly the Bahamas-No opportunity has yet been presented so propitious as the present....Arms, ammunition and supplies of various kinds for maintaining the insurrection were furnished from these islands, so conveniently located for the purpose...without them it is to be doubted whether these nefarious violations of right and comity could have been perpetrated...The opportunity now occurs for a proper settlement of this wrong and its prevention in the future-Leaving to your own good reflection the details that may be needed, [I am] merely begging leave to suggest the subject...". Dahlgren's resentment was shared by many leaders on the Union side during the conflict. For example, we recently offered a letter from a dinner partner of W. T. Sherman near the war's end in which Sherman, citing the same reasons as Dahlgren, advocated even more drastic measures, including possibly invading England itself and the seizure of India and the Suez Canal! Very good.
Estimate $ 200-300

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