John M. Dillingham letter to mother, July 21, 1863
Contributed by Freeport Historical Society
Naval seaman John writes from on board the U.S. sloop of war Housatonic stationed off Charleston, S.C.
He talks about the fighting known as the Seige of Charleston, the loss of over 200 Connecticut troops in single charge and the loss of 1,000 more men in a separate charge.
He also mentions that the 54th Massachusetts Regiment [black regiment] was decimated. The union iron clads were also busy.
John mentions that the fighting does not stop ships from attempting to run the Union blockade. He has heard of the Confederate raid in Casco Bay and wants to organize a local artillery company for defense of his home coast.
- Title: John M. Dillingham letter to mother, July 21, 1863
- Creator: Dillingham, John Monroe
- Creation Date: 1863-07-21
- Subject Date: 1863
- Local Name: Casco Bay
- Town: Charleston, Freeport
- County: Cumberland
- State: ME, SC
- Media: paper
- Local Code: 1863-07-21 JMD to MDD letter
- Collection: Dillingham family papers, Coll 135
- Object Type: Text
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Freeport Historical Society
45 Main Street, Freeport, ME 04032
Cross Reference Searches
LC Subject Headings
Dilllingham, John Monroe, 1844-1864--Travel
United States. Army. Massachusetts Regiment, 54th (1863-1865)
Dillingham, Margaret Dennison, 1818-1878--Correspondence
Fort Sumpter (Charleston, S.C.)
Housatonic (sloop of war)
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Charleston (S.C.)--History--Seige, 1863
Confederate States of America. Army
Massachussetts. 54th Regiment
United States. Army. Maine Infantry Regiment, 25th (1862-1863)
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