|Minnesota's printer, Charles L. Newhall|
Newhall later wrote that he had all of three weeks' training as a printer in the 1840s, and found the work so dull that he left the job to sign on as a landsman aboard a New Bedford whaling ship. After ten years of travelling the world (read more about his many journeys here), he volunteered to serve on Minnesota right after the attack on Fort Sumter in 1861. Not only did he produce the letterhead shown above, but it is also believed that he designed the image used on the letterhead (and the eagle shown below).
Newhall commented that anytime a VIP came on board Minnesota, including President Abraham Lincoln, members of Lincoln's Cabinet, Congressmen, and U.S. Senators, Stringham and later Flag Officer Goldsborough would introduce Newhall and his printing press to them. Newhall served on the ship during the Battle of Hampton Roads and stay on until 1864. He then served on USS San Jacinto and Kearsarge until he left the Navy in 1868.