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Battery Selfridge

Battery Selfridge Marker

Battery Selfridge Marker

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Monument located on the south side of Union Avenue at the Navy Memorial (Park Tour Stop #7). Detailed from Admiral David Dixon Porter's fleet, the battery served two 8-inch Columbiads from 5 June 1863, until the end of the siege, 4 July 1863, and was commanded by Lt. Commander Thomas O. Selfridge until 25 June 1863, then placed under command of Lt. Commander John G. Walker. [Refer to page 654, Volume 6 of the WPA Monumentation Books, and also Selfridge from Michigan.]

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Thomas O. Selfridge

Thomas O. Selfridge, captain of the USS Cairo, commanded three boats which sank during the war. Each began with the letter "C"-Cumberland, Cairo, and Conestoga. The coincidence was noted after the Conestoga sank, and Selfridge was assigned to the USS Osage, which survived to the end of the war.