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Collection Number: 04148-z

Collection Title: William Robert Inge Dalton papers, undated

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Size 8 items
Abstract Miscellaneous typed items including the Civil War reminiscences of W. R. I. Dalton, Confederate naval courier to England and France; an account by Hamilton H. Dalton of his service with the U.S. Navy off the African coast, including the capture of a slave ship; and a Henderson family genealogy.
Creator Dalton, William Robert Inge, 1841-1931.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the William Robert Inge Dalton papers #4148-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Louise A. Weynant of Seattle, Wash., in January 1977.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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William Robert Inge Dalton, the son of Robert Hunter and Jane Martin Henderson Dalton, was born 6 December 1841 in Livingston, Ala. He entered the U.S. Naval Academy in 1859, but resigned in 1861 to join the Confederate Navy. His service was chiefly in bearing dispatches to the Confederate ministers in London and Paris.

After the war, he studied medicine and, in 1884, received a medical degree from St. Louis College. From 1884 to 1903, Dalton practiced in New York City, where he became an expert in dermatology. He moved to Seattle, Wash., in 1903 and continued his medical practice until 1918. He died in Seattle on 25 May 1931.

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These papers include a biographical sketch of Dalton, taken from Volume LI of the Encyclopedia of American Biography and sketches by Dalton of his Confederate naval service, including his meeting with Napoleon III; running the blockade at Charleston, S.C.; the sinking of the Margaret and Jessie by the Rhode Island off the Bahamas; his voyage to England after the shipwreck and his work there and in France; his continuing friendship with naval colleagues in the federal forces; and friends with whom he served in the Confederate Navy.

There is also a letter, 5 March 1894, from Dalton to Charles R. Flint and Company, reporting on the cruise of the America to Brazil and evaluating her officers; an account by Hamilton H. Dalton of his service with the U.S. Navy off the African coast and the capture of a slave ship; and a genealogy of the Henderson family written by Thomas Henderson Pritchard in 1894.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Suzanne Ruffing, August 1996

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.

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