Kiah Sewall pass to leave Mobile, 1864

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Kiah B. Sewall received a pass from the Provost Marshall's Office in Mobile, Alabama, on August 2, 1864 to leave the city and travel to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on business. Sewall, a Maine native, was a lawyer in Mobile.

He used the pass to escape from Mobile and from service in the Confederate army. He left shortly after the Battle of Mobile began and escaped to Memphis, Tennessee, which was behind Union lines.

Sewall had lived in Mobile since 1839 and nine of his ten children were born there. His wife, Lucretia Day Sewall, and the children frequently returned to her parents' home in Portland. A number of the children were educated in Maine.

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  • Title: Kiah Sewall pass to leave Mobile, 1864
  • Creator: District of the Gulf, Provost Marshall's Office
  • Creation Date: 1864
  • Subject Date: 1864
  • Town: Mobile
  • State: AL
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 7.5 cm x 13.5 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 105, Box 2/3
  • Collection: Sewall family papers
  • Object Type: Text

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