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Allen, George Walter (1842-1912) [Diary aboard the U.S.S. Nantucket]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01006 Author/Creator: Allen, George Walter (1842-1912) Place Written: various places Type: Autograph manuscript signed Date: February-May 1864 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Allen was an officer on the USS "Nantucket" during and before the bombardment of Fort Sumter. The diary appears to have been written within days of the actions. Includes manuscript pencil and ink "Sketch of Charleston Harbor and fortifications," and with his drawings of Fort Sumter after its bombardment and the ironclad USS Nantucket. An interesting table at the end lists the damage made by every mortar shot at Fort Sumter from his ship.


Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Ironclad, Art, Music, Theater, and Film, Navy, Fort Sumter, Military History, Union Forces, Civil War, Fortification, Artillery

Sub Era: The American Civil War