Captain Charles Gridley's Coat and Cap
Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted: 12/13/2010
Blue wool coat with gold trim on cuffs. Cap with wool body and gold-colored band. Naval insignia.
Service coat and cap worn by Captain Charles V. Gridley at the Battle of Manila Bay.
An Annapolis graduate, Captain Charles Gridley was commander of the USS 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 when 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, one of two major American naval victories in the Spanish-American War, occurred on 1 May 1898, only days after war had been declared between Spain and the United States. 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.
Standards in History (Grades K-4)
Topic 3: The History of the United States: Democratic Principles and Values and the People from Many Cultures Who Contributed to Its Cultural, Economic, and Political Heritage
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Era 6: The Development of the Industrial United States (1870-1900)
Historical Thinking Standards (Grades 5-12)
Historical Thinking Standard 2: Historical Comprehension
2B: Reconstruct the literal meaning of a historical passage.
2C: Identify the central question(s) the historical narrative addresses.
2D: Differentiate between historical facts and historical interpretations.
2E: Read historical narratives imaginatively.
2F: Appreciate historical perspectives.
2G: Draw upon data in historical maps.
2H: Utilize visual, mathematical, and quatitative data.
2I: Draw upon the visual, literary, and musical sources.