USS Monitor Commander Transmits a History of the Ship, with a Carte-de-Visite
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Letter from John L. Worden, written as Rear Admiral, concerning the history of the USS Monitor. Though brief and post-war, any Worden letter about the Monitor is desirable. JOHN L. WORDEN.
Autograph Letter Signed to E. B. Treat, New York, September 16, 1890, 5 x 8 in. With carte de visite engraving of Worden, 2⅜ x 4 in., 1 p.
New York Sept 16/90
Mr. E.B. Treat
I hand you with this the history of the first Monitor which will add some facts to those already published, with additional items of my biography to date. [Enclosure not present].
John L. Worden
John L. Worden (1818-97) was an American naval officer who commanded the USS Monitor in the first great battle of ironclad warships at Hampton Roads, and was temporarily blinded by a Confederate shell; after the war, was superintendent of the US Naval Academy and served in the US European squadron. Worden’s outline was intended to enrich Treat’s National Hand-Book of American Progress, as the publisher does not seem to have brought out a history of the Monitor.
Tape traces removed at edges, fold wear, otherwise very good.