By Craig L. Symonds

Abraham Lincoln all started his presidency admitting that he knew "but little of ships," yet he fast got here to preside over the biggest nationwide armada to that point, now not eclipsed until eventually international battle I. Written by means of naval historian Craig L. Symonds, Lincoln and His Admirals unveils a facet of Lincoln's presidency unexamined through historians formerly, revealing how he controlled the boys who ran the naval part of the Civil conflict, and the way the actions of the Union army eventually affected the process history.
Beginning with a gripping account of the try to re-supply fortress Sumter--a comedy of error that indicates all too essentially the fledgling president's inexperience--Symonds lines Lincoln's regular development as a wartime commander-in-chief. Absent a Secretary of security, he could finally turn into de facto commander of joint operations alongside the coast and at the rivers. That concerned facing the lads who ran the military: the dependable yet frequently cranky army Secretary Gideon Welles, the quiet and trustworthy David G. Farragut, the fancy and unpredictable Charles Wilkes, the formidable ordnance specialist John Dahlgren, the well-connected Samuel Phillips Lee, and the self-promoting and gregarious David Dixon Porter. Lincoln was once remarkably sufferer; he frequently postponed severe judgements until eventually the momentum of occasions made the results of these judgements obtrusive. yet Symonds additionally indicates that Lincoln may perhaps act decisively. upset via the lethargy of his senior naval officials at the scene, he stepped in and for my part directed an amphibious attack at the Virginia coast, a profitable operation that resulted in the trap of Norfolk. the guy who knew "but little of ships" had remodeled himself into one of many maximum naval strategists of his age.

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A brilliant horticulturist, Cooper provided the scientific, agricultural, and economic foundation for the business of growing olives in California. Along with Frank Kimball of San Diego, Cooper led the charge for the olive. He first visited Santa Barbara in 1868 and was impressed by the trees planted there by the mission’s padres and perhaps the grove of Judge Charles Fernald, the largest in the state at 40 acres. In 1870, he moved to the Goleta Valley, where within two years he planted 5,000 trees on 50 acres from 15-inch cuttings he made primarily at the missions at San Diego, San Fernando, San Buenaventura, and Santa Barbara.

Mismanagement by the latter led to bankruptcy. Sammis, however, continued to run his orchard, selling his olives to the Lindsay company, and continued to live until 1970 in the house he and Miriam occupied when they first moved to Wallace. He died the following year in Marin County. But the trees that bore his beloved “beautiful rocks” remain, as does a legacy of olives in Calaveras County. 59 Louis Benedict Sammis was born on July 17, 1881, in Bridgeport, Connecticut. His Sammis ancestors had arrived in that state from England in the 1640s.

Albert married California-born Carrie Augusta Chandler in 1883. Her father was former state senator Augustus Lemuel Chandler, a Vermonter who came to California in 1852. Albert and Carrie had 10 children, seven girls and three boys. All but one attended college, from Stanford, the University of California, Mills, and Rutgers to Davis Agricultural College, which later became the University of California, Davis, today a major center for olive research. J. Sparks on Coon Creek. There, he also grew raisins and grain and raised livestock.

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