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Steedman, Charles to his Wife Sally - Gunboat Paul Jones - Sept. 18, 1862 - Transcript

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Steedman, Charles to his Wife Sally - Gunboat Paul Jones - Sept. 18, 1862 - Transcript
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Civil War
History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- United States
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North America -- United States of America

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University of Florida
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U. S. Paul Jones Sep. 17th 1862


My Dear Sally
I have but a moment to let you know I am well. Yesterday I was engaged some five
hours shelling a fort in this River with the assistance of the Gun Boats placed under my
command. We silenced the fort & drove them from their guns, but having no soldiers to
land & take possession we could not occupy it & consequently had to quit. One of the
enemy's long rifle shots passed through our smoke stack just eight feet above the heads
of the 1st Lieut. [Lieutenant], the Pilot, & myself. With the exception of this shot
although several passed over & near us none took effect. I have just finished my report to
the Admiral. Woodhull [Commander Maxwell Woodhull] thinks we had done a clean
piece of work but I am not altogether satisfied with the result.

We will lay here until I get further instructions from the Admiral.

Sat. [Saturday] morning Morgan Budd requested permission to resign & and go home
which I have granted it appears that he is dissatisfied with his Mess Mates & this I have
no surprise as they are not very genteel. I do think however that Mr. Morgan might have
given me a letter & more timely notice as I have been under so many obligations to my
friends Stewart & Carson. I will give them the nomination of a clerk if they should have
no proper person to nominate. I will then give the appointment to Young Chambers our
Yeoman who is a very worthy young man.

By the mail I will write Stewart. You can also mention this to him and say that I should
like the s[e]lection should be made of one whom I can take in my Mess.

I have nothing to write so excuse my short note.
God bless You all my Dearest Wife

Your Affectionate Husband


[In different handwriting on back]

Letter to Mrs. Steedman
"Paul Jones" St. John's River
Sept. 1862


Transcribed by Nicole J. Milano, University of Florida, 2009




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U. S. Paul Jones Sep. 17th 1862 My Dear Sally I have but a moment to let you know I am we ll. Yesterday I was engaged some five hours shelling a fort in this River with the assistance of the Gun Boats placed under my command. We silenced the fort & drove them from their guns, but having no soldiers to land & take possession we could not occupy it & consequently had to quit. One of the enemys long rifle shots passed through our sm oke stack just eight feet above the heads of the 1st Lieut. [Lieutenant], the Pilot, & myself. With the exception of this shot although several passed over & near us none took effect. I have just finished my report to the Admiral. Woodhull [Commander Maxwell Woodhull] thinks we had done a clean piece of work but I am not altogether satisfied with the result. We will lay here until I get further instructions from the Admiral. Sat. [Saturday] morning Morgan Budd requested permission to resign & and go home which I have granted it appears that he is di ssatisfied with his Mess Mates & this I have no surprise as they are not very genteel I do think however that Mr. Morgan might have given me a letter & more timely notice as I have been under so ma ny obligations to my friends Stewart & Carson. I will give them the nomination of a clerk if they should have no proper person to nominate. I will then gi ve the appointment to Young Chambers our Yeoman who is a very worthy young man. By the mail I will write Stewart. You can also mention this to him and say that I should like the s[e]lection should be made of one whom I can take in my Mess. I have nothing to write so excuse my short note. God bless You all my Dearest Wife Your Affectionate Husband [In different handwriting on back] Letter to Mrs. Steedman Paul Jones St. Johns River Sept. 1862 Transcribed by Nicole J. Mila no, University of Florida, 2009