WARTIME VIEW OF USS KEARSARGE ACTING MASTERS MATE CHARLES H. DANFORTH – PRESENT FOR THE FIGHT WITH THE CSS ALABAMA – IMAGE TAKEN IN CHERBOURG

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Image is a waist-up view of Danforth in uniform leaning against a podium and holding his cap with rain cover in his hand. He wears a dark double-breasted frock coat with shoulder straps.

Contrast and clarity are good. Mount is slightly trimmed at bottom and upper corners are slightly clipped. Minor crease in lower right corner. Bottom of mount is marked BLACK & CASE… BOSTON.

Reverse has a photographer’s imprint for BLACK & CASE… BOSTON

ID is confirmed by several online images of the USS KEARSARGE officers.

Charles H. Danforth was born in Massachusetts in 1831. He enlisted in the U. S. Navy on December 19, 1861 and was assigned as Acting Masters Mate aboard the USS KEARSARGE and was onboard her when she fought her famous battle with the CSS ALABAMA. During that fight Danforth commanded Marines working a rifled gun in the forecastle and earned praise in the official report of his commanding officer.

Danforth left the USS KEARSARGE on November 23, 1864 and on December 12, 1864 he joined the supply ship USS CIRCASSIAN as an Acting Ensign. He served with that ship in the Western Blockading Squadron until April 10, 1865 and was discharged on May 11, 1865.

After the war Danforth moved to Denver, Colorado where he died on October 4, 1902. He is buried there in Fairmount Cemetery. [ad] [ph:L]

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