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A personal letter from Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks, a surgeon in the Minnesota Seventh Regiment, to his sister Nellie describing the area and the regiment’s next move – March 17, 1865

Filed under: Civil War Daybook — Lori Williamson @ 9:00 am

A personal letter from Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks, a surgeon in the Minnesota Seventh Regiment, to his sister Nellie, written from Dauphin Island, Alabama, describing the area and the regiment’s next move.
A partial transcription of the letter:

Dauphin Island
Mobile Bay March 17th
My Dear Sister Nellie
[…] We are now at Fort Gaines at the entrance to Mobile Bay. The island is about twelve miles long and rather pleasant. It is mostly sand, but part of it is covered with pine trees. Our camp is near the beach, […] Now and then there are terribly storms, washing the waves a great ways up the beach. […] I suppose our long [play] spell is just coming to a close and I expect daily orders to move on Mobile. The city is about 20 miles from here. We hear cannonading from that direction occasionally. I think it is from our gun boats [fuling] of their forts. […]
Your aff brother
Brewer Mattocks


See entire letter here: 1865-03-17_Brewer_combined

Citation: March 17, 1865. Mattocks, Ebenezer Brewer, 1841-1934.  Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks and Family Papers.  Correspondence and related papers , 1830-1911. Minnesota Historical Society, Box 1. [P1452]

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