John M. Dillingham letter to mother, November 30, 1862

Contributed by Freeport Historical Society


Naval seaman John Monroe is aboard the U.S. sloop of war Housatonic. He writes from Port Royal, South Carolina, where they have gone to load coal about what a nasty job it is.

He talks about getting a box from home (the apples were a bit rotten), about yellow fever, and gives a more accurate description of an incident on the bloackade than the newspapers gave.

He reports that his friend John Angier Hyde (1843-?) is well. He also describes Thanksgiving Day dinner aboard ship.

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About This Item

  • Title: John M. Dillingham letter to mother, November 30, 1862
  • Creator: Dillingham, John Monroe
  • Creation Date: 1862-11-30
  • Subject Date: 1862
  • Town: Freeport, Port Royal
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME, SC
  • Media: paper
  • Local Code: 1862-11-30 JMD to MDD letter
  • Collection: Dillingham family papers, Coll 135
  • Object Type: Text

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