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Description: Documents: Naval orders for Lt. John Rutledge signed by US Secretary of the Navy Isaac Toucey, dated 12 April 1860, directing Rutledge to proceed to Norfolk, Virginia, for duty aboard the USS Dacotah; with another signed by Toucey, dated 30 May 1860, directing Rutledge to report to the USS Princeton at Philadelphia.
L9 3/4" W7 3/4" (2pcs)

Provenance: Descended in the Rutledge-Rose Family of Charleston, South Carolina.
Archive of Confederate Naval Officer Lieutenant John Rutledge (1820-1894), grandson of John Rutledge (ca. 1739-1800), Governor of South Carolina and United States Supreme Court Justice.

Other Notes: John Rutledge joined the US Navy as a midshipman in 1835 and served throughout the world. He resigned his commission in January 1861, after South Carolina had seceded from the Union in December 1860, to join the navy of his native state. He served in the Confederate Navy until the end of the war.

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June 14, 2009 1:00 PM EDT

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