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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|William McBlair collection
|Benjamin J. Totten to William McBlair regarding the sentences of Thomas Connor and Frederick Breckendorf
|25 March 1859
|Totten, Benjamin J. (1806-1877)
|Correspondence; Military document
|Forwarding papers describing the sentences of Thomas Connor and Frederick Breckendorf. Both men had been discharged from the Navy for bad conduct. Written on board the U.S.S. "Vincennes" at Porto Praya. Benjamin J. Totten, the commander of the U.S.S. "Vincennes," was later promoted to commodore, served as governor of the Naval asylum at Philadelphia for two years, and published a number of works regarding the Navy.
|Military History Military Law Navy Maritime Africa African Squadron African American History
|McBlair, William (d. 1863) Totten, Benjamin J. (1806-1877)
|Law; Naval & Maritime; African Americans; Slavery & Abolition
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
|William McBlair was a United States naval officer in command of the ship "Dale," responsible for catching illegal slave trading ships off the coast of Africa. Later served in the Confederate Navy. Benjamin J. Totten was the commander of the U.S.S. "Vincennes," later promoted to commodore and served as governor of the naval asylum at Philadelphia for two years. Also published a number of works regarding the navy.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859