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Glassell Street





There's a Glassell Street in the city of Orange, named for a pair of brothers who created the town. One of those brothers played a role in maritime history.

It was L.A. lawyer Andrew Glassell who bought the property that would become the City of Orange. But Phil Brigandi, author of "Orange County Place Names A-Z," says it was the lawyer's brother, Captain William T. Glassell, who surveyed the land and built the irrigation ditch.

"Captain Glassell, incidentally, a Civil War vet, Confederate, was involved in some of the early experiments for creating not true submarines, but submersibles, or torpedo boats as they used to call them. His was called the David, a little Biblical allusion there, and blew a pretty hole in the side of the new Ironsides in Charleston Harbor in the fall of 1863, which unfortunately then was swamped and Glassell was captured."

Captain Glassell's letters from his POW days in that northern prison camp were recently found in a shoebox. They are now stored at the Orange Public Library and History Center.