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Stephen R. Mallory and Angela Moreno Mallory Letters (Confederate cabinet officer)
Stephen Russell Mallory (1813-1873) was born in Trinidad and grew up in Florida. Upon the founding of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis selected Mallory for Secretary of the Navy because of his past experience in updating the U.S. Navy. Mallory’s letters to his wife, Angela Moreno Mallory, recount battles, troop movements and everyday life during the Civil War. In particular he wrote a long detailed letter from the battlefield during the Seven Day's Battles. In other letters, Mallory defended his decision to invest in ironclads and described the flight and arrest of Confederate leaders and his own imprisonment. A letter from Angela Mallory to President Andrew Johnson dated November 1865 begs for clemency for her husband due to his ill health.