Manchester, N. H. J. T. Langley, (n. d.). Ca early 1870s. Elaborate photograper imprint, in gold, to card verso. 6-1/2" x 4-1/8". Now housed in an archival mylar sleeve. Thornton's name penciled to verso lower margin. Slight yellowing to image. Modest extremity wear, VG+. Item #47241
"Thornton was an officer in the United States Navy during the American Civil War. In August 1862, he assumed command of gunboat Winona which was stationed with the Union blockading force off Mobile Bay, Alabama. On 13 September, the gunboat shelled and destroyed a Confederate steamer lying under the protection of the guns of Fort Gaines. He subsequently became executive officer of USS Kearsarge and received a vote of thanks from Congress for gallantry during the successful engagement with the Confederate raider Alabama off Cherbourg, France, on 20 June 1864. After the Civil War, he commanded Kearsarge on the South Pacific Station. Thornton was commissioned captain on 24 May 1872." [Wiki].