Acting Master’s Mate Ansel Allen Delano served in the West Gulf Blockading Squadron on the screw steamer Buckthorne during the summer of 1864. On August 5, the ship and crew played an important support role as a fleet tender and dispatch vessel during the Battle of Mobile Bay. A note on the back of this photograph notes that Delano also served on the crew of two other vessels that supported the blockade, the screw steamer Arkansas and the side-wheel steamer Carrabasset.
A native of Barnstable, Mass., Delano survived the war and lived until 1914. His photograph is new to my collection.