Dabney Minor Scales

Dabney Minor Scales

Birth
Holly Springs, Marshall County, Mississippi, USA
Death 26 May 1920 (aged 78)
Sheridan, Sheridan County, Wyoming, USA
Burial Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA
Plot South Grove #200-01
Memorial ID 96947796 · View Source
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Son of Peter & Ann Meriweather Minor Scales. Scales. Attended US Naval College in Annapolis, served in both the Confederate Army and the US Navy during the Spanish-American War. Began the practice of law in Memphis about 1869. One time member of the Tennessee Legislature.

In accordance with the non-fiction account of the 1864-1865 voyage of the
Confederate States commerce raider CSS Shenandoah, Dabney Scales served as one
of its senior officers during its 13-month, 58,000-mile circumnavigation of the
globe to carry out its assigned duty of the disruption of the commerce of the
North, most particularly the significant income for New England derived from
their whaling ships' journeys into the Bering Sea. The Shenandoah crossed the
equator 4 times and during their incredible voyage covered points from its
Liverpool, England departure, around South Africa's Cape of Good Hope, into
Antarctic waters, an extended stopover for repair and provisioning at Melbourne,
Australia, from the South Pacific into Arctic waters above the Aleutian Islands,
south around South America's Cape Horn, then back to Liverpool to surrender
their ship to the English after learning of the defeat of the Confederate
States. Lieutenant Scales played no small part as a senior officer on this ship
during its adventures and misadventures.

Shenandoah was said to have
"destroyed 32 vessels, ransomed 6 others, and taken 1,053 prisoners. In all the
value of the vessels and cargoes destroyed by the raider, according to her
officers' calculations, came to $1.4 million." It was also said by her Captain
that "the last gun in defense of the South was fired from her deck."

The book
is entitled SEA OF GRAY and was written by Tom Chaffin.

Evening Star, Washington D.C.
May 27 1920
Capt. Dabney M. Scales
Memphis, Tenn., May 27--Capt. Dabney M. Scales, as widely known Memphis attorney and Confederate veteran, has died at Sheridan, Wyo., according to advices received here. Capt. Scales was seventy-eight years old.

He was an officer on the Confederate cruiser Shenandoah, officers of which did not hear the news of the end of the war till August, 1865, being then cruising in the Pacific ocean. Without a home port, the vessel set sail for Liverpool, where the Confederate flag was finally lowered November 6, 1865. (Courtesy of FAG Contributors Mary & Kent)


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  • Created by: Dale Schaefer
  • Added: 12 Sep 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 96947796
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dabney Minor Scales (1 Jun 1841–26 May 1920), Find A Grave Memorial no. 96947796, citing Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Dale Schaefer (contributor 47452604) .