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Henry K. Thatcher Letterbook

A description of the volume at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 12 Apr 2010

Biographical History

Henry Knox Thatcher (1806-1880) was an admiral in the United States Navy who served during the American Civil War. He commanded the blockade of Mobile, Alabama, and on 10 May 1865, accepted the surrender of the Confederate Naval Forces in the waters of Alabama. Two ships were named after him (USS Thatcher, launched 1918, and USS Thatcher, launched 1942).

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Henry K. Thatcher Letterbook consists of one volume, a letterbook. Included are copies of letters, circulars and general orders relating to the administration of the North Pacific Squadron and containing information on relations with the government of Hawaii, voyages of ships to Alaska, and courts-martial of men under Thatcher's command.

Arrangement of the Collection

Single volume.


Access Restrictions:

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Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Subject Headings


Thatcher, Henry Knox, 1806-1880.

Corporate Bodies

United States. -- Navy -- Officers.


Armed Forces -- Officers.
Courts-martial and courts of inquiry -- United States.


Alaska -- History.
Hawaii -- History.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Naval operations.
United States. -- Navy -- History -- 19th century.

Genres and Forms

Letter books.



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Henry K. Thatcher Letterbook,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 1967

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