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  • Rear Admiral Winslow, Parker

Rear Admiral John Ancrum Winslow

Artist:

Edgar Parker

Location:

 

Neighborhood:

Downtown

Type:

Painting

Year:

1874

Medium:

Oil on Canvas

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Description:

John Ancrum Winslow (1811-1873) served in the United States Navy in the Mexican War and the Civil War. In the latter war, he achieved the defining exploit of his naval career, the defeat of the CSS Alabama. Winslow commanded the USS Kearsarge, a steam sloop, assigned to patrol waters off European ports and curtail the operations of Confederate raiders against American shipping. When Winslow learned that the newly commissioned CSS Alabama, built in Britain, was at Cherbourg. He blockaded the port and prepared to do battle should the Alabama attempt to escape. On June 19, 1864, the Alabama came out and the Kearsarge met her in international waters. The ensuing gun fight lasted an hour and twenty minutes, with sometimes no more than 600 feet of sea separating the two opponents. The Kearsarge’s guns sank the Alabama, while the Kearsarge was barely touched. The victory earned Winslow a promotion. His grave is marked by a slab cut from Mt. Kearsarge. Winslow’s posthumous portrait was painted in 1874 by Edgar Parker (1840-1892).

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