Samuel W. Thomas Papers, 1863-1864

Manuscript Collection #737

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  • Box 1
    • Folder a
      Private log book of Samuel W. Thomas while serving on the USS Powhatan during a tour of the West Indies, Nov. 13th 1862--Aug. 25th, 1864
    • Folder b
      Correspondence, 1862-1864
      • Correspondence, Samuel Thomas to Mother Aug. 24, 1862; Discussion of high expense of personal items such as underclothing and tobacco.   (item #1)
      • Correspondence, Mother Samuel Thomas, Dec. 8th, 1862 (?)  (item #2)
      • Correspondence, Samuel Thomas to Brother, April 29th, 1863,Discussion of attack on Charleston, cowardice of Admiral Dupont, Iron sides   (item #3)
      • Correspondence, Samuel Thomas to Sister, May 4th, 1863 (?), Discussion of attack on Charleston, Admiral Dupont, Captain Turner, “Ironsides”, Rebel steamer “The Leopard”  (item #4)
      • Correspondence, Samuel Thomas to Mother and sisters, July 4th, 1863, Discussion of injury to hand, description of burial at sea and personal feelings about the occasion   (item #5)
      • Correspondence, Samuel Thomas to sister, Aug. 31st, 1863, includes mention of killed sailors on the CANANDAIGUA.  (item #6)
      • Correspondence, Samuel to sister, Sept. 15th, 1863, Samuel promoted to Carpenter’s Mate.  (item #7)
      • Correspondence, Samuel to sister, Dec. 23rd, 1863, Discussion of architecture and culture on Haiti, Port-au-Prince.  (item #8)
      • Correspondence, Samuel to mother, Aug. 20th, 1864, speaks of oil wells and price of barrels. Also clipping regarding St. David's Literary Association.  (item #9)
      • Handwritten manuscript entitled "The Attack on Charleston," April 7th (?) 1863--Oct. 3rd, 1863,,Eye witness account of the attack on Charleston, Fort Sumter, Black soldiers, personal views on Blacks, 176th (?) Regiment of Pennsylvania drafted men, Fort Cregg, Fort Wagner, Commodore Dupont, General Foster, _______Jone’s Rifed Gun, General Gillmore, Commodore Dahlgren, “The Catskill,” the steamer “Memphis,” Captain Steadman, “Ironsides”, “Monitor Matapsco (?),” baptism of men on board ship, “Steamer Gonawanda (?),” “US Steamer Mercidita (?),” Granville W. Fogg (?) Master’s Mate burial, “Steamer Adelaide (?),” Fortress Monroe, “Steamer Cimiron (?),” “Steamer Arago,” “Montauk”, Pricket, monitors, “Wabash”, Lieutenant Williams, “Monitor Wehawken (?),” “Steamer Brooklyn,” “Wissakickion (?),” Captain Badger, Edmund Buck, Hon. Secretery Hughes, Staunton (?), Captain E. P. Williams, John Sargent Gunner’s Mate buried at Bay Point, Corporal Peter Hennis (?), Marine Havalan, Dr. Mayo, Lack of surgeon’s skills, “The Vermont,” “The Atlanta,” Flag ship “Philadelphia,” Monitor “Passare (?),” “The Wabash”, “The Massachusetts,” _____ Foley a cooper, ______ Glascoe, The Rebel Ram “Fingal,” Master E. L. Hearnes (?), Captain Rodgers, “The Moultrie (?),” Marine Josiah E.   (item #10)
      • Daguerreotype of a Civil War sailor (presumably Samuel W. Thomas)  (item #11)

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