K.B. Sewall request to go to Mobile, 1865

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Kiah B. Sewall, a native of Edgecomb, wrote to Secretary of State William H. Seward asking permission to go to the front near Mobile in February 1865.

Sewall (1807-1865) had been living in Mobile since 1839. He fled the city in August 1864 rather than be coerced into joining a Confederate regiment. Most of his family remained in Mobile.

The letter is apparently a draft of the one he sent Seward. While he signed his real name, he wrote at the bottom that he was traveling as "M. S. Bayley." Sewall was concerned that soldiers in Mobile would find him.

Sewall also sought introductions to generals and the commander of the fleet in Mobile Bay, suggesting he could be of use to them and the government because of his knowledge of the area.

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About This Item

  • Title: K.B. Sewall request to go to Mobile, 1865
  • Creator: Sewal, Kiah Bayley
  • Creation Date: 1865-02-28
  • Subject Date: 1865
  • Town: Mobile
  • State: AL
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 20 cm x 12.5 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 105, Box 2/1
  • Collection: Sewall family papers
  • Object Type: Text

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