A Civil War cdv of Confederate Admiral Franklin Buchanan; image credit on full record.
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Carte de Visite Photograph; Civil War, Confederate, Adm. Franklin Buchanan.
A cdv of Admiral Franklin Buchanan, CSN, published by Anthony after Mathew Brady showing Buchanan as a Captain in the US Navy.
Buchanan was the proverbial "old salt" having joined the Navy in 1815 as a Midshipman. He resigned his commission in April 1861 and joined the fledgling Confederate Navy as Captain in September 1861. He commanded the CSS Virginia in her successful attack against the wooden steam frigates Cumberland and Congressin in March of 1862 but was wounded and not aboard during the legendary duel of ironclads the next day. Buchanan was promoted to Admiral in August 1862 and sent to Mobile to oversee the construction of the CSS Tennessee. He fought the Tennessee against Farragut's overwhelming fleet in August 1864 and was once more wounded and taken prisoner. Not exchanged until February 1865, Buchanan took no further part in the war. Three US Navy warships have been named in honor of Buchanan....[more information available via subscription]