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