September 1, 1862: No more rum in the navy!

Gideon Welles
Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy

Well, this is what happens when you toss the Southerners out of congress — they’ve abolished the rum ration.

Flag-Officer, Comdg. U. S. Naval Forces, Western Waters.
Lieutenant Commanding BYRON WILSON, U. S. Navy, commanding Gunboat Cincinnati, Mississippi River

Order of the Secretary of the Navy to Flag-Officers Davis and Farragut, U. S. Navy, forwarding copy of act of Congress abolishing the spirit ration.

NAVY DEPARTMENT, July 15, 1862.
SIR: I herewith enclose a copy of the fourth section of the recent act of Congress abolishing, from the 1st of September next, the spirit ration in the Navy and forbidding distilled spirituous liquors to be admitted on board vessels of war, etc.
You will cause the provisions of this section to be carried out in the flotilla under your command.

I am, respectfully, your obedient servant,

Flag-Officer C. H. DAVIS,
Commanding, etc., near Vicksburg, Miss.
Flag-Officer D. G. FARRAGUT,
Commanding, etc., near Vicksburg, Miss.

Official records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion. / Series I – Volume 23: Naval Forces on Western Waters (April 12, 1862 – December 31, 1862), p.261

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