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William Ronckendorff letter book.

Title
William Ronckendorff letter book.
Author
Ronckendorff, William, 1812-1891
Publication
1858-1861.
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volume 1Mixed materialRequest in advance MssCol 2594 volume 1Schwarzman Building - Manuscripts & Archives Room 328

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Additional Authors
Bache, A. D. (Alexander Dallas), 1806-1867
Description
.04 linear foot (1 volume)
Summary
William Ronckendorff (1812-1891) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was an American naval officer. He joined the U.S. Navy as midshipman in 1832 (passed 1838), and was commissioned as Lieutenant in 1843, Commander in June 1861, and Captain in 1866, retiring as Commodore in 1874. The letter book of Lieutenant William Ronckendorff, 1858 October 18 to 1861 January 4 (1 volume) contains his official correspondence commanding the U.S. steamer M.W. Chapin on the Paraguay Expedition, from fitting out at Philadelphia to his return in May 1859, and his subsequent detachment to the United States Coast Survey, commanding the schooner Arago and steamer Bibb. Ronckerdorff resumed command of the Arago at Charleston, South Carolina in May 1860, arriving on the Texas coast in June. Upon the ship's return to Philadelphia he requested detachment from the Survey due to illness, and reported himself ready for naval duty on January 4, 1861. Letters concern the fitting out and staffing of ships, and reports of arrival, departure, activities, and repairs. A letter to Alexander Dallas Bache dated May 2, 1860 reports on the Bibbs passage through a severe gale off North Carolina in late April, and damage to the ship. The letter book, written from both ends, also contains school exercises and drawings by his son Thomas P. Ronckendorff, as well as household and ship accounts.
Subjects
Genre/Form
Letter books.
Access (note)
  • Apply to Manuscripts and Archives Division for access at http://www.nypl.org/mssref.
Source (note)
  • Purchase from an unidentified source made possible by the James Owen Proudfit Fund, 1915.
Call Number
MssCol 2594
OCLC
782914594
Author
Ronckendorff, William, 1812-1891, creator.
Title
William Ronckendorff letter book.
Production
1858-1861.
Type of Content
text
Type of Medium
unmediated
Type of Carrier
volume
Access
Apply to Manuscripts and Archives Division for access at http://www.nypl.org/mssref.
Source
Purchase from an unidentified source made possible by the James Owen Proudfit Fund, 1915.
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Occupation
Naval officers.
Added Author
Bache, A. D. (Alexander Dallas), 1806-1867, correspondent.
Research Call Number
MssCol 2594
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