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K.B. Sewall to Somers Sewall on escape from Mobile, 1864

Contributed by Maine Historical Society

Kiah Bayley Sewall wrote to his son Somers detailing his trip to escape from Confederate Mobile, Alabama, where Sewall had lived and worked as a lawyer since 1839. Sewall was in Washington, D.C., when he wrote the letter.

Sewall, then 56, was being pressured to join a Confederate regiment. To avoid doing so, he fled the city, leaving his wife and six children behind. He had a pass previously issued for business purposes which got him out of the city, then wound his way, avoiding cities, to Memphis, Tennessee, which was held by Union forces.

Somers Sewall (1843-1867) had been in the North for the duration of the war, first going to school, then working.

K.B. Sewall was a native of Edgecomb and his wife, Lucretia Day Sewall, was from Portland and returned there frequently until the Civil War began and travel became impossible.

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  • Title: K.B. Sewall to Somers Sewall on escape from Mobile, 1864
  • Creator: Sewall, Kiah Bayley
  • Creation Date: 1864-10-04
  • Subject Date: 1864
  • Town: Mobile, Washington
  • State: AL, DC
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions (cm): 18 x 11.4
  • Local Code: Coll. 105, Box 1/6
  • Collection: Sewall-Day Family
  • Object Type: Text

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