Re: Du Pont
- Yes, in fact Foote, who I admire quite a bit -- being instrumental in
putting together the Western Gunboat Flotilla -- didn't last much
longer: 2 days after Dahlgren got the job. It really seemed to be some
sort of blood poisoning or something related to his wound during the
attack on Fort Donelson, that did him in (June 26, 1863).
Browsing the web, it seems that Du Pont's claim to naval fame really
was the 1861 capture of Port Royal.
--- In civilwarwest@y..., "wh_keene" <wh_keene@y...> wrote:
> I remembered what I had been thinking of: Foote was suppossed to
> replace Dupont, but because his health was so bad it went to Dahlgren.
> Interesting that the navy had its big stars rise from the Mississippi
> along side the army stars: Parrallel to the rise of Grant and
> Sherman in the west was the rise of Foote, Farragut and Porter. (had
> to get it back OT somehow).
DuPont's ancestor founded the chemical company. His descendants made it larger. For many years, the company's largest customer was the US Navy. They made blasting powder. Besides chemicals, the DuPonts invented modern financial management. This product was exported to General Motors (resued by the DuPonts in the 1920's) and, strangely enough to Japan.
Many socially prominent families sent family members to West Point and Annapolis in the pre-CW days.
wh_keene <wh_keene@...> wrote:
I think Dupont died in 65.
In the on going tension between the proponents of the Western Theater
(us) and the proponents of the VIrginia theater, the contribution of
the Atlantic coast operations are sometimes forgotten. This was were
Dupont made a name for himself. He also (I think) distinguished
himself in the service prior to the war.
His decendents did something that gave them political power: they
formed a large chemical company.
--- In civilwarwest@y..., Carl Williams <carlw4514@y...> wrote:
> You are correct. I always wondered, Did Dupont do
> something else -- post ACW -- that gave him
> hob-nobbing rights amongst these others?
> --- bobaldrich2001 <aldrichr@d...> wrote:
> > And here in Washington, DC we have:
> > Dupont Circle
> > Farragut Square
> > Logan Circle
> > McPherson Square
> > Thomas Circle
> > Sheridan Circle
> > Fortunately there are statues to remind you who they
> > were . . . .
> > Bob A.
> > --- In civilwarwest@y..., "wh_keene" <wh_keene@y...>
> > wrote:
> > > To a certain degree I imagine Grant and Sherman
> > are recognized
> > names,
> > > but on a regular basis I pass Ord Street and
> > almost every time I
> > > start to wonder if any of the other motorists has
> > a clue about who
> > it
> > > was named for...
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > --- In civilwarwest@y..., CashG79@a... wrote:
> > > > In a message dated Wed, 26 Jun 2002 3:12:29 PM
> > Eastern Standard
> > > Time, carlw4514@y... writes:
> > > >
> > > > >
> > > > Here in Alexandria, VA, streets very
> > > > > nearby to me right at the moment have names
> > such as
> > > > > Van Dorn, Beauregard, Early, Pickett, etc. As
> > far as I
> > > > > can tell the locals are oblivious as to where
> > the
> > > > > names come from.
> > > > ---------
> > > > My wife grew up in a tiny hamlet in New Jersey
> > where the street
> > > names were Stanton, Sheridan, Grant, Sherman, and
> > Federal.
> > > >
> > > > Regards,
> > > > Cash
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