CDV OF CONFEDERATE NAVY CAPTAIN GEORGE N. HOLLINS

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CDV of Hollins in civilian clothes. Full-standing view. Plain mount with light soiling around edges. No photographer's backmark. Pencil identification on back.

George Nichols Hollins (1799–1878) was an American Captain and Naval Base Commander, in the US Navy and later a Captain and Commodore in the Confederate Navy.

Hollins was born Baltimore, Maryland. He entered the U.S. Navy as a Midshipman at age 14, during the War of 1812. He was aboard the U.S.S. PRESIDENT, under Commodore Stephen Decatur, when that ship was captured by the British on Jan. 15, 1815, and was held a prisoner of war in Bermuda until the war ended a month later. Continuing in the U.S. Navy, he served under Commodore Decatur against the Algerians in the Second Barbary War (1815). Hollins was commissioned Lieutenant 1825, promoted to Commander in 1841, and promoted to Captain in 1855.

At the outbreak of the Civil War, he had served for almost 47 years in the U.S. Navy (almost 17 years total at sea), was a citizen of Florida, and was commanding the U.S.S. SUSQUEHANNA, cruising at the Mediterranean Sea. Hollins and his ship left the coast of Italy on May 5, 1861, and arrived at Boston, Mass., June 4, 1861. Having considered himself a Southerner, he promptly resigned his commission. He escaped to the Confederacy and was commissioned a Captain, Confederate States Navy, on June 22, 1861. In the first year of the Confederacy, he captured one brig, one steamer, and two schooners. Also that year, he served at the naval defenses, James River, Va. Then, from 1861-62, he was the Commandant at the Naval Station, New Orleans, La., then commanded the defenses afloat the Mississippi River, with his flagship the C.S.S. MANASSAS, and on the coast of Louisiana. From 1862-63 he commanded the Richmond, Va., Station, and in 1863 he commanded at Charlotte, N.C. In 1864, he again commanded the Richmond, Va., Station, and then at the Wilmington, N.C., Station.

After the war, he returned to Baltimore, Md., where he was appointed Crier at the City Court, and was in that position until his death. He is buried in Westminister Burial Ground in Baltimore.

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