Somers Sewall on getting mail to South, Portland, 1861

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


Somers Sewall (1843-1867) wrote from Portland to his mother, Lucretia Day Sewall, in Mobile, Alabama.

Kiah B. and Lucretia Day Sewall moved to Mobile in 1839. Nine of their ten children, including Somers, were born and largely raised in Mobile. When the Civil War began in 1861, Somers was in New England going to school and did not return to Mobile for the duration of the war.

He was living with his grandmother, Eunice Day, in Portland. He also commented to his mother that he disliked ministers speaking about the South as though everyone there were a pagan.

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  • Title: Somers Sewall on getting mail to South, Portland, 1861
  • Creator: Somers Sewall
  • Creation Date: 1861-08-21
  • Subject Date: 1861-08-21
  • Location: Portland, Cumberland County, ME
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 20.3 cm x 12.5 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 105, Box 3/5
  • Collection: Sewall family papers
  • Object Type: Text

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