SMALL ALBUMEN OF UNION GUNBOAT "COM. PERRY" ON JAMES RIVER

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Albumen print measures approximately 4" x 3.5" overall. Image (likely half of a stereo shot) shows the gunboat USS Commodore Perry on the James River. Nearly square image is clear with good detail. Numbered and printed caption is pasted under the photo. Stiff albumen mount features printed comments on back. From John C. Taylor, Hartford, CT. A crease on one corner and some light foxing.

Built in 1858, she was a steamer acquired by the Union Navy during the first year of the American Civil War. the Commodore Perry was outfitted as a gunboat with heavy guns and a large crew of 125 officers and enlisted personnel. Her powerful guns were capable of doing considerable damage to blockade runners or shore fortifications of the Confederate States of America.

On 3 October 1862, Commodore Perry joined in an Army-Navy expedition against Franklin, Virginia, and on 10 December joined an attack against Plymouth, North Carolina. Four crewmen were awarded the Medal of Honor for their actions during the expedition against Franklin: Boatswain's Mate John Breen, Seaman Daniel Lakin, Seaman Alfred Peterson, and Seaman John Williams.

She sailed for New York City on 12 June 1865, and there was decommissioned on 26 June. On 12 July, she was sold to the New York and Brooklyn Ferry Company for $16,500.  [jet] [ph:L]

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