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War Through the Eyes of a Young Sailor

John Monroe Dillingham, Freeport, ca. 1861

John Monroe Dillingham, Freeport, ca. 1861

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Freeport Historical Society

Their oldest child was John Monroe Dillingham (1844-1864).

Mon, as he is called, appears never to have been interested in schoolwork and was at sea by the age of 13 or 14.

After a few voyages on other ships, he sailed with his father, although it is unclear whether he was a common sailor or was studying to be an officer.

He, too, frequently wrote home to his mother Margaret, always sending hugs and kisses to his little sister, Bertie.


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