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Collection Reference Number GLC00684.03
From Archive Folder Collection of John McIntosh Kell, Commander in the Confederate Navy 
Title Appointment of John Kell to Lieutenant of the United States Navy
Date 24 July 1856
Author Pierce, Franklin (1804-1869)  
Additional authors Dobbin, James Cochran (1814-1857) Hardin, S.B. (fl. 1856)
Document Type Military document
Content Description Commission effective from 15 September 1855. Co-signed by James Cochrane Dobbin, Secretary of the Navy, and L.B. Hardin.
Subjects President  Navy  Military History  Government and Civics  
People Pierce, Franklin (1804-1869)  Dobbin, James Cochran (1814-1857)  Hardin, L.B. (fl. 1843-1856)  Kell, John McIntosh (1823-1900)  
Place written Washington, D.C.
Theme Naval & Maritime
Sub-collection Papers and Images of the American Civil War
Additional Information Folder Information: Kell was a member of the United States Navy from 1843 until 19 January, 1861, the day of Georgia's secession from the United States. He served in the Confederate Navy for the duration of the Civil War, commanded the C.S.S. Savannah, and was made a captain for his work as First Lieutenant under Captain Raphael Semmes on the C.S.S. Alabama. In 1886, he became the Adjutant General of Georgia. In 1900, the year of his death, he published a book, "Recollections of a Naval Life; Including the Cruises of the Confederate Steamers Sumter and Alabama."
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945