CIVIL WAR - UNION - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 11/20/1864 - HFSID 251311
Sale Price $414.00
CIVIL WAR: UNION. Autograph Letter, unsigned, 4p, 8x10. U.S.
Str. "Santiago de Cuba", off Wilmington N.C., Sunday, 1864 November 20.
Begins: "My Own Dear One". In part, with misspellings: "To
morrow or the day after we are going on the outside blockade and where we remain
for about a fortnight. Yesterday morning it was reported by some of the vessels
that the Confederate Cruiser 'Tallahassee' run in. Some of our vessels engaged
the forts, and quite a lively time ensued in consequence of their firing back in
return. There was a dense fog everwhere and only at
intervals was it possible to see anything. The report of the guns from shore
were sufficient to assure us of their size and number-and by no means did I feel
badly because I could not get close to where they were...The vessels motion
annoyed me some and gave me in addition to my cold a severe headache...At our
present anchorage were on good fishing grounds, and both yesterday and this
morning our sailors amused themselves in catching fish. Yesterday a young shark
was caught and as sailors always dislike to see them about, they fastened a
stick of wood to the sharks back and threw him overboard...By the by I must tell
you that Captain Glisson is a very fine gentleman. He is one of the oldest naval
officers, and is entirely void of those petty jealousies common to some of the
younger officers...." The writer ends the letter without signing his
name: "Dearest here is my kiss and as your own, must say good Bye."
Slightly creased, usual folds. Fine condition. With original stamped
envelope addressed to: "Miss Maria A. Woodford/Care of Mr C.R.
Woodford/Avon/Conn.", postmarked Old Point Comfort, VA, Nov 22. Torn
at edge, worn, slightly stained. On November 2, 1864, U.S.S. Santiago de
Cuba had captured blockade running steamer Lucy at sea east of
Charleston with cargo of cotton and tobacco. On December 26th, blockade runner
Chameleon, formerly the dreaded raider C.S.S. Tallahassee
mentioned in this letter, slipped out of Wilmington amid the confusion in the
aftermath of the first attack on Fort Fisher. In Bermuda, Chameleon
loaded badly needed foodstuffs for the Confederate armies, but by the time the
ship got back to Wilmington in January, the port had already fallen. Naval
blockade Civil War letters are scarce and this letter is a particularly
desirable one written by an obviously well-educated seaman. Two items.
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