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George M. Blodgett Civil War collection

George M. Blodgett Civil War Collection

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Finding aid for the George M. Blodgett Civil War Collection

MSS.07.20

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Blodgett, George M., 1837-1862
Title: George M. Blodgett Civil War Collection
Dates: 1862
Quantity: 0.21 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains the naval records and correspondence of George M. Blodgett, commander of USS Conestoga, a Federal gunboat.
Identification: MSS.07.20
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains of the naval records of George M. Blodgett, commander of USS Conestoga, a Federal gunboat, as well as, six letters written by Blodgett between April 14 and September 24, 1862. The collection also includes a carte de visite of Blodgett's cousin Lewis.


Biographical Note

George M. Blodgett was born in Huntington, Vermont, in 1837. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1856 and was assigned to USS Wabash, flagship of Commodore Hiram Paulding's Home Squadron, until 1858. Blodgett was promoted to lieutenant on February 3, 1861. He would command three naval ships during his career: USS Ohio (assigned January 20, 1862), USS Sebago (assigned February 5, 1862) and USS Conestoga (assigned March 5, 1862). Blodgett died of an illness (two months following the last letter in this collection) on November 6, 1862.

The correspondence in this collection is from Blodgett's time as commander of USS Conestoga, a Federal gunboat. Conestoga was assigned to the Army's Western Gunboat Flotilla and was used in operations up the White River from June 13-July 9, 1862, including the bombardment of Saint Charles, Arkansas.

Conestoga was formally transferred to the Navy in October 1862, and continued to operate near the mouth of the Arkansas and White Rivers and on the Mississippi River until sinking on March 8, 1864, following a collision with USS General Price.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Arkansas -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Blodgett, George M., 1837-1862
Conestoga (Steamer)
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Naval operations.
United States. Navy. Mississippi Squadron.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

George M. Blodgett Civil War Collection, MSS 07-20, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Purchased, 2007


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