FLAGSHIP HARTFORD, Mobile Bay, August 31, 1864. SIR: I have received a communication from Major Curell referring to James Campbell, now in our hands. So long as Major Curell confines himself to his legitimate duties he shall receive that courtesy which I have promised for him, but when he takes the liberty of going outside those duties in calling me to account for my captures he may rest assured that this is the last notice which will be taken of his communications. Campbells business and profession are no secret to me. I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant, D. G. FARRAGUT, Rear-Admiral, Commanding West Gulf Blockading Squadron.
This is cool. A relative that was a notorious blockade runner--- and Admiral Farragut knew of him well enough to make sure he was sent far away and not even given a chance to be paroled. HA!
This was unknown to my family and is a history that is unfolding from the depths of time as I write this. We knew Colin James Campbell was a sea captain, from Scotland, and he married into the family- to my GGG Grandfather's sister Joanna Dennison Jordan. All of this research started when I decided to locate their daughter, Frances Soule Campbell, born in 1860 in Mobile, and all that we knew was she moved to San Francisco and was some sort of artist. I have found just lately she was educated in art in New Orleans, and at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and Washington D.C. and moved to San Francisco where her father owned property with her mother in the 1880s to be an artist. I just learned she was famous, and did portraits of presidents and celebrities, like President Taft, Teddy Roosevelt, and Mark Twain to name a few. She never married. Survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake where her business was totally destroyed and continued her work at Berkeley were she taught. She worked as a magazine illustrator pulling in a yearly 1909 salary of $10-15,000 a year. She listed her affiliations and memberships with the Society of Mayflower descendants, Daughters of the Revolution, AND Daughter of the Confederacy which sparked my interest in her father whose, until now, history in the Confederate cause was unknown.
An interesting tid-bit is she claimed her Alabama family were planters in the Black Warrior River Valley Alabama in her professional bio--Well that is sort of true, however, that was way before she was born, and the Jordan's were not there for very long since the Jordon's came from Maine to Tennessee to South Alabama in a space of one generation. She didn't mention her father's history, and that he ended up in Salipta, Clarke, County Alabama where the Jordan's lived and her father died in the 1880s- and that his money came from blockade running.