West, Lewis H. (b. 1829) to Harriet Moore
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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03836.73 Author/Creator: West, Lewis H. (b. 1829) Place Written: Aboard USS "Fernandina" off St. Catherine's Sound, Georgia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 7 September 1864 Pagination: 4 p. ; 24.6 x 19.6 cm.
References her previous letter. Says he has been busy surveying St. Catherine's bar. Says he has found a channel. Praises Farragut's recent victories around Mobile. In reference to the 1864 presidential election says "I should certainly go for 'Old Abe.' He is not exactly the man I would choose, but he is an honest and patriotic man and the most decent of all of them ... Fremont I am afraid is nothing but a scheming politician, and as for McClellan I would rather go for Jeff Davis himself." Landing recently he "found things pretty much as we left them[.] The old darkies are flourishing and have laid in a large crop of corn during the summer." Makes reference to a court martial of an engineer that fell through. Says he has only had 10 days leave in 3 years, 4 months of service.
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