U.S. Navy pay voucher signed by this Union Civil War naval hero!
(1811-88) Born in New Brunswick, N.J., he was a career navy man. He was appointed midshipman, November 1, 1826; lieutenant, September 6, 1837; commander, September 14, 1855; captain, July 16, 1862; commodore, July 25, 1866; rear admiral, July 1, 1870; retired, January 28, 1872. He served on the "Princeton" during the Mexican War. From April 18-24, 1862, Boggs commanded the Union gunboat "Varuna" during the attack on Forts Jackson & St. Philip, on the Mississippi River, during the campaign to capture New Orleans. His men fought one of the most memorable close quarter sea battles of the entire war, suffering horrendous casualties. After destroying six Confederate gunboats and two rams and exhibiting heroic bravery, the "Varuna" was sunk with 184 casualties. Receiving his U.S. Navy captain's commission in July 1862, Boggs was the commanding officer of the steam sloops "Juniata," and "Sacramento," with the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron during the remainder of the Civil War.
U.S. Navy Pay Voucher Signed: 8 x 2 1/4, imprinted document, filled out in ink.
United States Navy Yard, New York, May 1, 1856. Received, from J. Geo. Harris, Purser United States Navy, One hundred & fifty five Dollars, ninety six Cents, on account of my Pay, &c. $155.96/100. Chas. S. Boggs. Includes check stub at left. Excellent condition. Very desirable.