John M. Dillingham to his mother, June 12, 1863
Contributed by Freeport Historical Society
Naval seaman John M. Dillingham, serving aboard the U.S. sloop of war Housatonic off Charleston, S.C. writes home to Freeport about his dislike of writing letters and hot weather.
He talks about the blockade and its being quiet for the last few weeks.
Two Confederate deserters came on board and discussed the state of affairs in "Dixie," where things are looking "blue." Several Union gunboats are mentioned, as is an attack on Fort Sumter. The Housatonic's reputation is discussed.
- Title: John M. Dillingham to his mother, June 12, 1863
- Creator: Dillingham, John Monroe
- Creation Date: 1863-06-12
- Subject Date: 1863
- Town: Charleston, Freeport, Memphis, New Orleans, Vicksburg
- County: Cumberland
- State: LA, ME, MS, SC, TN
- Media: paper
- Local Code: 1863-06-12 JMD to MDD letter
- Collection: Dillingham family papers, Coll 135
- Object Type: Text
For more information about this item, contact:
Freeport Historical Society
45 Main Street, Freeport, ME 04032
Cross Reference Searches
LC Subject Headings
Dillingham, Margaret Dennison, 1818-1878--Correspondence
Charleston (S.C.)--History--Seige, 1863
Confederate States of America. Army
Fort Sumpter (Charleston, S.C.)
Housatonic (sloop of war)
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Dilllingham, John Monroe, 1844-1864--Correspondence
Dilllingham, John Monroe, 1844-1864--Travel
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