1890 DAHLGREN POST 2 GAR BADGE - BOSTON

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Top bar has enameled blue center with “BOSTON 1890” in gold. Pin on back. Suspended from top bar are crossed cannons with an enameled blue shield superimposed over the center. Somewhat worn gold lettering reads “DAHLGREN POST 2  GAR, DEPT.  MASS., Boston.” 

This post was named for John A. Dahlgren who was a Union Admiral during the Civil War. Dahlgren became a midshipman in the Navy in 1826. In 1847 he was assigned to The Washington Navy Yard. There he established the US Navy Ordnance Department. He became an ordnance expert and wrote many books on the subject as well as inventing ordnance and even a cannon that bears his name. He rose to the rank of Rear Admiral in 1863 and commanded the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron. In the latter capacity he helped Sherman secure the capture of Savannah, Ga. in 1864. Admiral Dahlgren was also the father of Union cavalry Colonel Ulric Dahlgren who led a famous raid on Richmond in 1864 with General Kilpatrick. The raid ended in failure and Colonel Dahlgren was killed. Papers supposedly found on his body called for the assassination of Jefferson Davis and his cabinet. The whole business caused much sadness for the Admiral. After the war he commanded the South Pacific Squadron until 1869 when he returned to the Washington Navy Yard. He served there until his death in 1870.

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