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Eager to deal with the "Sesech" [Secessionists], young deepwater sailor John Monroe Dillingham of Freeport enlisted in the U.S. Navy as soon as he returned from a long voyage in 1862. His letters and those of his family offer first-hand insight into how one individual viewed the war.
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… "urging" businesses run by Democrats or "secesh" to fly American flags and express support for the Union.
… Republican, he supported the war, deplored the "secesh" element in Bangor, Democratic politics, the Irish residents who voted with the Democrats…