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

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03836.72 Author/Creator: West, Lewis H. (b. 1829) Place Written: Aboard USS "Fernandina" off St. Catherine's Sound, Georgia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 5 September 1864 Pagination: 6 p. : docket ; 20.2 x 12.6 cm.

Has been busy surveying St. Catherine's bar, which has been little explored. Describes what he discovered while surveying. Says he discovered a channel into the harbor, so he can quickly secure his ship now. Praises Farragut's actions at Mobile saying "The old sea dog has again shown that 'iron hearts in wooden ships' are as good as iron-clads." Says he has little to do, but is happy with his smart crew. Says he has improved the discipline and management of the ship. Says they land at a plantation to get water and says "the old darkies [are] flourishing." Lists some books he wants. Includes a separate incomplete letter that describes a conversation someone had with Southern women, who were appalled at the thought of mingling with "common trash" and "niggers" on equal terms.

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