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Confederate Hard Luck Admiral-Franklin Buchanan

After a recent bout with pneumonia I am back. While recovering I spent a lot of time preparing research for an upcoming presentation I will be giving at the end of February. Franklin Buchanan (pronounced Buck-anan) was a classic example of a talented man who rose to the highest professional assignment in the US Navy prior to his resignation to go south as a result of the secession crisis in his home state of Maryland.

Buchanan began his naval career at the tender age of 14 as a midshipman and some forty-five years later he was assigned to command the US Washington Navy Yard. Having desided to resign he turned over his responsibilities in a classic professional manner. Along the way he achieved several historic accomplishments which I will delineate in more detail in future installments. In the mean time I highly recommend your looking into the career of this marvelous American hero.

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