Drowne, Byron P. (1848-1933) Letter to his mother and photograph of Byron P. Drowne [Decimalized .01- .02]
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Letter from 16-year-old Drowne to his mother, written on the USS "Catalpa" off Charleston. Accompanying photograph.
Note by Drowne's descendent Lorna Drowne Moscrip in file says that Drowne joined the U.S. Navy in 1863 at the age of 15 with parental consent. He claimed he would run away from home if he was not given permission to join. He was a record-keeper and paymaster. In later life he settled in El Paso, Texas and transported gold shipments for Wells Fargo. He died at the age of 85 in Oakland, California.
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