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Griswold, John A. (1818-1872). Congressman/Industrialist.
Papers (1849-1895). 10 boxes (5.5 cu.ft.)
These papers include account books, invoices, plans, and other business records related to the contruction of USS Monitor and other ironclad gunboats. Also includes correspondence relating to Griswold's service in Congress from 1861-1863. Finding aid available.
New York State Office of Audit and Control
The records of this office include material on military and naval operations in the War of 1812.
Sigsbee, Charles D.
Naval officer, son of Nicholas and Agnes Sigsbee, born in Albany, New York. Appointed to U.S. Naval Academy in 1859, he was graduated in 1863, made ensign and served in the Civil War. His most notable peacetime achievement was his work while in command of the Coast Survey steamer Blake 1875-1878. With Professor Alexander Agazziz, he was engaged in deep-sea explorations, mainly in the Gulf of Mexico. While on this duty he invented a deep-sea sounding apparatus along with related dredging devices, all of which revolutionized deep-sea sounding and dredging. He was in command of the battleship Maine until she was blown up and destroyed in Havana Harbor, February 15, 1898. During the Spanish-American War he was advanced three numbers in rank and cited for "extraordinary heroism". In 1905, he sailed to France and brought back the body of John Paul Jones for burial at Annapolis. He retired January 16, 1907. In November 1870 he married Eliza Rogers Lockwood, by whom he had one son and three daughters.
Correspondence, 1853-1929; letterbooks, 1871-1906; material relating to the Maine Relief Association fund, 1898; pressbooks, 1871-1902; engagement books, 1913-1919; diaries, 1909-1921; books and magazines with articles relating to Sigsbee, 1898-1920.
Stetson, William M.
The papers of Sergeant-Major William Mitchell Stetson, Naval Brigade, New York include an account of the battle between USS Monitor and CSS Virginia.