Samuel Washburn on desire to be a Navy captain, New York, 1862

Contributed by Washburn Norlands Living History Center


Samuel Washburn vented his frustration of not being named the captain of a vessel in the Civil War to his brother Elihu Washburne, a U.S. Congressman. Washburn believed he was better qualified for the position than the people who were promoted above him.

Samuel Benjamin Washburn of Livermore went to sea in 1842, working on a merchant ship. Later, he worked at a saw mill in Wisconsin owned by his brothers William Drew and Cadwallader Colden.

He married Lorette May Thompson in New York on March 31, 1862, shortly before enlisting in the Navy. Washburn served as an officer on the gunboat, USS Galena. He was wounded in the hip at the battle of Fort Darling on May 13, 1862. After the war he returned to Livermore. Samuel died March 4, 1890 in Avon Springs, New York.

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  • Title: Samuel Washburn on desire to be a Navy captain, New York, 1862
  • Creator: Washburn, Samuel Benjamin
  • Creation Date: 1862-02-11
  • Subject Date: 1862-02-11
  • Town: New York
  • County: New York
  • State: NY
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 20.04 cm x 12.95 cm
  • Local Code: 251 Samuel Washburn Box 1 Folder 10
  • Collection: Samuel B. Washburn Collection, Correspondence: Sent 1843, 1862-1865
  • Object Type: Text

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