Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1864. First Edition. Soft Cover. Good. Item #26841
lxxiv + 750 pages. Name of 'U.S.S. Itasca' on front cover. The extensive Index to Appendix at front is divided into the various U.S. Navy squadrons and their operations in this year of the Civil War, with detailed reportage from named contributors throughout. With two folding plates: 'Passage of the Fleet of Gunboats Over the Falls at Alexandria, Louisiana, May 1864' approx. 10 3/4" x 22" size; splitting & some browning along old fold line nearest the text. (And) a 10" x 13" positional sea-battle chart of the action between the Confederate ship Alabama and the U.S.S. Kearsarge off the coast of France; the text with extensive reportage of the events, including from several foreign sources; closed tear at attachment, no loss to image or text. The duel at sea between Kearsarge and Alabama is commemorated by the U.S. Navy with a battle star on the Civil War campaign streamer; 17 of Kearsarge's crew received the Medal of Honor for valor during this action. The U.S. Navy gunboat Itasca was a wooden screw steamer launched by Hillman & Streaker at Philadelphia 1 October 1861; and commissioned there 28 November 1861, Lt. C. H. B. Caldwell in command. The Itasca had a very distinguished service record, capturing & destroying CSA shipping & supplies and participating in bombardment, blockade and boom-breaking duties which included the capture of New Orleans. (Please see the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships for a very thorough service record of the ship) Bibliographical note: The cover title prints "Report of…" whereas the title page states "Report on…" Approx. 6" x 9"size; bound in the original blue printed paper wraps, brown cloth spine. Top edge of cover chipped away; wear, soiling and edge-chipping to the binding; final two (blank) endpapers trimmed at leading margins; folding plates with closed tears at the attachments; occasional spotting & foxing; more so at beginning & ending leaves; binding is sound; in good condition.