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From: "Bill Darnell" <>
Subject: Re: Conestoga/Selfridge
Date: Fri, 29 Oct 1999 14:09:11 -0500
Thank goodness I did not have to serve with this officer. But it is
fitting, he got promoted to admiral.
> The Conestoga was captained by Thomas Selfridge who:
> Was serving as an officer on the USS Cumberland when it was sunk by the
> Was the officer in charge of the proto-submarine USS Alligator when it was
> lost at tow around Cape Hatteras.
> Was the officer in charge on the USS Cairo when it was sunk by remote
> controlled mine.
> Was the officer in charge of the USS Conestoga when it was rammed and sunk
> (About this time he had his men dig a dyke at the small end of the oxbow
> loop which had the now lost town of Napoleon, Arkansas on its tip. The
> resulting cutoff eroded a new river channel, and the change in old river
> channel soon eroded the town away. They tried to sue Selfridge after the
> war for this)
> Was the officer in charge of two turret monitor,the USS Milwaukee which
> struck a mine and sank in the Blakely River.
> He retired an admiral long after the war!!
> David Meagher
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