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Captain Charles Gridley’s Coat and Cap
Division of Military History and Diplomacy, National Museum of American History

Captain Charles Gridley’s Coat and Cap

Catalog #: 10316    Accession #: 43164
Credit: Division of Military History and Diplomacy, National Museum of American History

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 31" H x 21" W

Physical Description

Blue wool coat with gold trim on cuffs. Cap with wool body with gold colored band. Naval insignia.

Specific History

Service coat and cap worn by Captain Charles V. Gridley at the Battle of Manila Bay.

General History

A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Captain Charles Gridley was the commander of the USFS Olympia, the flagship of Commodore George Dewey’s Asiatic Squadron at the Battle of Manila Bay. Dewey, in command of the overall squadron, was also aboard Olympia at the beginning of the battle.

The battle is perhaps best known as the occasion Dewey uttered one of the most famous statements in American naval history, “You may fire when you are ready, Gridley.” The Battle of Manila Bay was one of two major American naval victories in the Spanish-American War. On 1 May 1898, only days after war had been declared between Spain and the United States, the Battle of Manila Bay occurred. It was a complete and final victory, ending any threat from the Spanish naval forces involved. All major Spanish ships were destroyed or captured, without any significant damage occurring to the American Forces.


Keywords

Country: Philippines
War: Spanish American War
Service: Navy
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