Official Dispatches of Admiral Samuel Francis DuPont

Our ‘old book’ this week starts with a July 29th, 1846 dispatch from San Diego by Admiral Samuel Francis DuPont concerning the Mexican-American War. Admiral DuPont was appointed a midshipman by President John Monroe in December of 1815 at the age of 12. He served as a naval commander in both the Mexican-American War, in which he captured 30 enemy vessels, and in the Civil War in which his command led to a Union victory at the Battle of Port Royal Sound in South Carolina. During that war, he commanded the largest force ever assembled by the U.S. Navy.  DuPont Circle in Washington D.C. is named in his honor.


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