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Charles Cowley Letters

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

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Date: 1971

Biographical History

Charles Cowley (1832-1908) was an American naval officer and attorney from Massachusetts. During the American Civil War he was on Admiral John A. Dahlgren's staff and served as Judge Advocate, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron; in 1879 he published a personal history of that group's achievements and experiences during the war, entitled Leaves from a Lawyer's Life Afloat and Ashore. In the introduction, he writes, "Without concealing my predilection for the Cause of the Union, I have sought to treat the Lost Cause with entire candor." He also wrote on the subject of divorce and divorce courts, and was active in naval veterans' organizations.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Charles Cowley Letters consists of sixteen letters to Cowley from various persons, relating to naval veteran's organizations and affairs. A number of the letters are from Rear Admiral B. (Bradley) S. Osbon.

Arrangement of the Collection



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Use Restrictions:

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Related Material

See also the John A. Dahlgren Collection.

Subject Headings


Cowley, Charles, 1832-1908.
Osbon, Bradley Sillick, 1827-1912.

Corporate Bodies

United States. -- Navy. -- History -- 19th century.



United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Veterans.

Genres and Forms



Armed Forces -- Officers.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Charles Cowley Letters,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Transferred from John A. Dahlgren Collection, 1971.

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