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|120k||USS Silver Cloud photographed while tied up along the Western Rivers during the Civil War.
US Navy History and Heritage Command photo # NH 60330.
|8k||Robert Siderfin Critchel entered naval service at Cairo, Illinois on 3 Sept 1863. Two weeks prior to interview he obtained letters from Congressman Henry T. Blow and a couple of businessmen to see Admiral Porter, then in command of the Mississippi Squadron. In his absence he was interviewed by Captain Peacock and was asked what position in the navy he desired to be appointed. Being “green as a gooseberry” in the ways of the navy replied “the lowest commissioned officer in the navy”. He was given the rank of Acting Master’s Mate, issued a temporary uniform and assigned to the receiving ship Clara Dolsen for his indoctrination period. Once this was completed he was assigned to the gunboat USS Silver Cloud. He served aboard her for the duration of the war and was discharged from the Navy on 4 September 1865. He wrote a booked titled the “Recollections of a Fire Insurance Man” which is available as an e-book for a more detailed reading of his Navy experience.||Bill Gonyo|
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