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George Musalas Colvocoresses
The Commander Was His Own Intelligence Officer

A victim of the Greek Revolution, George Musalas Colvocoresses, was sent to the United States in 1823 by his father, raised by Captain Alden Partridge of Norwich, entered the Navy as a midshipman in 1832, and served in the Mediterranean Sea, the Pacific Ocean and the waters off East India before the war. He was promoted to Commander in 1861.

On January 29, 1862, the ship-rigged sailing vessel <"supply.php">Supply, under his command, captured the Confederate schooner Stephen Hart, of the south coast of Florida, carrying assorted cargo. Volunteers William W. Clough and James S. Sprout, both of Norwich, served onboard the Supply during this period. In early August, 1864, Commander Colvocoresses read in a Charleston newspaper that a rebel coastal defense group was going to have a recruitment meeting at McIntosh Court House, Georgia. He decided to attend the meeting, and with 115 men in 7 boats from his sloop <"saratoga.php">Saratoga, he conducted an expedition to the town and "burnt a large encampment of enemy, and captured prisoners." Two week later, at South Newport, Georgia; Colvocoresses led 130 men in boats, capturing a lieutenant and 38 privates of the Third South Carolina Cavalry, six overseers of salt works he had destroyed, and 71 slaves. At least three other Vermonters served on <"saratoga.php">Saratoga during the war, Thomas Callaghan of Hartland, William C. Chapman of Willamstown and Midshipman George N. Flagg.1

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Notes:

1. Neeser, ii:338-9; Peck, 691, 700, 705; Neeser, ii:210-1, 216-7; Robert Browning, "Success Is All That Was Expected," (Brassey's, Inc., Washington, 2002), 327.


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