In fact, the destroyer, U. Fitch, was named for Commander Le Roy Fitch in 1941. Fitch as it slid into the water. Le Roy Fitch was born Oct.
1, 1835, in Peking, IL of Dr. Frederick Fitch of Logansport, IN in 1837 who lived with Dr. Frederick Fitch died March 18, 1850, leaving Le Roy a ward of Dr. Graham Fitch was elected to the United States Senate, he was able to have Le Roy appointed to the United States Naval Academy in 1851.He graduated as a lieutenant June 20, 1856. Fitch served on several ships after graduation. The Civil War began and Lt. Fitch was appointed lieutenant commander at age 29.
He was assigned to the Mississippi River fleet of Tinclad patrol ships. Tinclads were boats covered with a light covering of metal that could prevent bullets from penetrating the wood. He took part in the battles on the Cumberland River, Tennessee River, and later the Ohio River to prevent Morgans Raider from escaping back into Kentucky. The Confederacy set up sniper groups all along the Cumberland, Tennessee and Ohio rivers.
The swift Tinclads moved in and destroyed the sniper nests. Fitch was ordered to burn the town of Palmyra in Tennessee to teach the snipers a lesson.
After the Civil War, Cmdr. Fitch taught for a year at Annapolis. He then commanded the gunboat, "Marblehead" in the Atlantic and Caribbean.
He came home to Logansport two years and then became commander of the Pensacola Naval Yard in Florida. In 1872, he was assigned to the Navy Department in Washington, D.
He died in April 1875. I will gladly consider any serious, close offers. Please note: This fine, nicely-autographed letter is in fine condition with the usual horizontal folds, a light wavy edge at the top and some light wrinkling on the right edge (about 1 1/2) of the letter from glue/tape residue remains still on the verso all of which do not affect the bold reading/writing and attractiveness of this piece. Please write with any questions.
The item "Le Roy Fitch KY CivilWar Gunboat Commander Autograph Chased John Hunt Morgan" is in sale since Monday, August 24, 2015. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Autographs\Historical". The seller is "mediamarket101" and is located in Evansville, Indiana. This item can be shipped to United States, all countries in Europe, Canada, China, Japan, Australia.