Autograph Letter, Signed as "Jes" of the USS Port Royal to sister. Navy Civil War, Jes.
Autograph Letter, Signed as "Jes" of the USS Port Royal to sister

Confed. ship attempting to run the Mississippi River blockade at the close of the war

Autograph Letter, Signed as "Jes" of the USS Port Royal to sister.

New Orleans: 26 April [1865].

6 pp. 8 x 5 inches, on 2 sheets. Confed. ship attempting to run the Mississippi River blockade at the close of the war. Separations at folds, crude tape repairs, minor chipping. Item #261000

Here a Union sailor describes one of the last naval incidents of the war, in which the CSS Webb made a desperate run down the Red River and the Mississippi in a bid for the open ocean, before finally being scuttled by its crew past New Orleans. The unidentified author devoted most of his long letter to a description of the pursuit: "There has been a very dareing (sic) deed committed on this river since I wrote...All the men of war below us fired at her but did not hit her. She was going down the river at the rate of 30 miles an hour. There was a torpedo projecting from her bow. . . . The prevailing opinion here is that Jeff Davis or some other of the leaders of the Confederacy were on board."

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