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San Francisco Gold Rush 1849.

Naval Order of the United States

Massachusetts. Commandery of the Naval Order of the United States, 1899.From its inception, it was obvious that the three Founders of the Naval Commandery of the United States of America in Massachusetts had in mind an organization that would become national in scope.

They sought to educate the American public and the United States Congress concerning the accomplishments of Mariners in support of the original colonies and subsequently of the individual states and of the Federal Union. Membership keeps history alive through the restoration of historic artifacts, establishment of memorials at key sites, and the active collection of our shared history through academic papers, published works, and ad hoc stories.

March 7, 1895, San Francisco Call, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.


Organisation of Descendants of Defenders of the Nation.

New York, March 6.— The Military and Naval Order of the United States, a social organization, whose members are lineal descendants in the male line of officers of one of the four wars of the republic— the war of the revolution, the war of 1812, the war with Tripoli and the Mexican war — held an initiatory meeting in the Century Restaurant, formerly known as the Century Tavern, 122 Williams street, this afternoon. The "Tavern" is the oldest house in New York, dating back to 1692. It was formerly patronized by Washington, Lafayette and other distinguished men of the revolutionary times.

In the absence of Commander Banks, Vice-Commander James H. Morgan presided. General Fitz John Porter, a veteran of the Mexican war, reviewed in a short address the causes leading up to and the results effected by that war.

General Egbert L. Viele spoke of the organization and its purpose, and said this order encroached in no way upon the other military societies in the Old Century Tavern, New York.United States. It included four wars, whereas most of the societies recognized only one war.

Frank Mavery spoke of the motives which prompted the organization of the order and objects for which it was created.

A luncheon tendered the 200 visitors present followed.

March 20, 1895, Los Angeles Herald, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.


Known as the Old Century Tavern, where the New Military and Naval Order of the United States was Formed Last Week.

The First Shot in New York of the Revolutionary War was Fired from this Building — It is now 205 Years Old — It is located on William, Between Fulton and John Streets.

December 23, 1904, Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, California, U.S.A.

Status of Hospital Ships

The Hague, Dec. 22.—The convention on the status of the hospital ships agreed upon by the delegates of the Powers to the international conference on the subject was signed today in the presence of the Foreign Minister. Subsequently Queen Wilhelmlna and the Queen-mother received the delegates.

December 2, 1918, Los Angeles Herald, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Hospital Ships in French Waters

December 2.—The good ships Morey and Comfort, now that the ban of secrecy has been lifted, it may be stated, are in French waters. These vessels are hospital ships, which are used for the purpose of transporting the wounded in safety and comfort.

The hospital ships are fitted with all appliances for hospital treatment and care of the sick and wounded of the Navy. Each is fitted with 300 beds, but, like all good hospitals, they carry cots that can be put up, and in this way each can accommodate as many of 500 patients.

Commission Dates of Local Commanderies

Naval CommanderyJuly 4, 1890
Massachusetts August 15, 1893
Pennsylvania August 8, 1894
New York September 22, 1895
District of Columbia September 22, 189
Illinois November 26, 1895
California November 1, 1899
Aviation May 29, 1928
San Francisco July 4, 1950
Southwest January 23, 1952
Western New York September 18, 1952
Santa Barbara May 18, 1958
Washington, D. C. February 1, 1959
Colorado August 15, 1959
Seattle November 10, 1959
Arizona October 23, 1973
National Capitol October 3, 1979
New Orleans October 3, 1979
Western New York October 3, 1979
San Diego October 20, 1981
Texas July 4, 1986
Atlanta October 13, 1986
Florida Keys May 21, 1988
Long Beach December 7, 1988
Southeast Florida April 9, 1989
Massachusetts September 28, 1989
Hampton Roads September 28, 1989
Philadelphia: Delaware Valley July 9, 1990
New Mexico October 1, 1992
Monterey February 19, 1995
Pensacola February 1997
First Coast (Jacksonville December 7, 1997
Annapolis July 20, 1998

Wearing of Large Medals.

Talking About Naval History: A Collection Of EssaysTalking About Naval History.Talking About Naval History. Essays.
A collection twenty essays selected from the writings of John B. Hattendorf, Ernest J. King Professor of Maritime History at the U.S. Naval War College, between 2001 and 2009. They represent a wide historical perspective that ranges across nearly four centuries of maritime history. A number of these pieces have been published previously but have appeared in other languages and in other countries, where they may not have come to the attention of an American naval reading audience. This collection is divided into parts that deal with four major themes: the broad field of maritime history; general naval history, with specific focus on the classical age of sail, from the mid-seventeenth century to the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815; the wide scope of American naval history from 1775 to the end of the twentieth century; and finally, the realm of naval theory and its relationship to naval historical studies. They are reprinted, with only minor alterations, as the originally appeared.

A History of Medicine in the Early U.S. NavyHistory of Medicine. Early U.S. Navy. United States Navy Hospital Ships. Harold D. Langley

In this first detailed history of the development of medical treatment and professionalization in the early U.S. Navy, Harold Langley traces the evolution of medical practice in the Navy from the time Congress authorized the building of the first frigates in 1794, to the establishment of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery in the Navy Department in 1842. Langley reveals that the earliest federal efforts to deal with sailors' health care problems were seriously flawed. The early hospital system was poorly funded, sailors' contributions were misappropriated, and the hospitals themselves were often administered in a shameful fashion. At the same time, medical officers commanded little respect from their naval colleagues, who rarely considered medical men to be "real officers." In the first half of the nineteenth century, legal and administrative changes significantly improved the lot of medical officers and of the men under their care. Langley shows how these changes helped to shape health care in the later U.S. Navy. He also offers detailed descriptions of just what the naval doctor did, and examines the influence of health on readiness, morale, promotions, and retention.

Naval Order of the United States.

The Naval Order of the United States The Naval Order of the United States. has a history dating from 1890. Membership includes a wide range of individuals, many with highly distinguished career paths. When it was established, the Founders provided "that any male person above the age of eighteen years who either served himself, was still presently serving, or was descended from an officer or enlisted man who served in any of the wars which the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, or Revenue or Privateer services was engaged was eligible for Regular membership." Today, the Order is a "by invitation only" society, and includes men and women who have served or who assist in accomplishing its Mission, including research and writing on naval and maritime subjects.

The San Francisco Commandery meets the first Monday of each month in San Francisco, California and holds two formal dinners each year:

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