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Forbes, Robert Bennet (1804-1889) to John G. Walker

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03804.20 Author/Creator: Forbes, Robert Bennet (1804-1889) Place Written: Milton, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 8 June 1883 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Writes to Walker that he has been busy fitting out the "Rae" and the "Rebecca." Says they both have a new coat of paint and that the "Rae" has been supplied with "important necessaries," including a cable and anchor. Says the men on board await his orders. Can send the orders to the ships by express to the railroad station or have the "Talapora" take them to the wharf in Portsmouth.

People: Walker, John

Historical Era: Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900

Keywords/Subjects: Mississippi, Union General, Navy, Military History, Military Supplies, Maritime, Railroad

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