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West, Lewis H. (b. 1829) to R. West

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03836.05 Author/Creator: West, Lewis H. (b. 1829) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 12 May 1861 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 24.8 x 19.7 cm.

Summary of Content: Tells his mother that he is sailing for the Chesapeake tomorrow. Says they have an entirely new complement of officers on his ship, except for him. Says the changes are for the better. The captain is from New Hampshire and is "sound on the goose question." Says he will write when they get to the seat of war "where I believe every body belonging to the brig is anxious to get, to relieve the monotony of our lives, which is perfectly disgusting in such stirring times as these." Hopes to "do my share of maintaining the honor of the flag."

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Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryNavyUnion ForcesUnion Soldier's LetterSoldier's LetterChildren and FamilyAmerican FlagPatriotismBlockade

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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