Naval Order of the United States
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.
RECOGNIZE FOUR WARS.
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 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.
THE OLDEST BUILDING ON MANHATTAN ISLAND
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 Commandery||July 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|
|First Coast (Jacksonville||December 7, 1997|
|Annapolis||July 20, 1998|
Talking About Naval History: A Collection Of 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.
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.
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: