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Collection Reference Number GLC08470.01
From Archive Folder Unassociated Civil War Documents 1864 
Title B.F. Blair to his mother about blockade duty and a bombardment
Date 27 December 1864
Author Blair, B. F. (fl. 1864)  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Written on board the U.S.S. Mohican near Wilmington, North Carolina. Replies to his mother's letter from 11 December. Discusses the Mohican's participation with Rear Admiral David Dixon Porter’s North Atlantic Blockading Squadron at the close of the Battle of Fort Fisher (24 and 25 December). Refers to a large gunpowder explosion. States that he does not know the extent of damage done to Confederates, whom he calls "the Secesh." Writes "It was the heaviest Bombardment that ever happened. Our continual Roar like the heaviest thunder & the smoke so thick at times to completely hide the sun. I got so deaf after awhile as to be most entirely indifferent to it My Ears is ringing yet... I am much afried the whole things is a Failure we are all taking in Powder & shell and are just out of Range of the Fort what will come next I Cant say..." Mentions Union General Benjamin Franklin Butler. "H.G." is written at the top of this document.
Subjects Soldier's Letter  Civil War  Union Soldier's Letter  Military History  Union General  Navy  Battle  Union Forces  Fortification  Blockade  Artillery  
People Blair, D. F. (fl. 1864)  Butler, Benjamin Franklin (1818-1893)  Porter, David Dixon (1813-1891)  
Place written s.l.
Theme The American Civil War; Naval & Maritime
Sub-collection Papers and Images of the American Civil War
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945
Civil War: Recipient Relationship Mother  
Civil War: Theater of War Lower Seaboard Theater and Gulf Approach  
Civil War: Unit USS Mohican  
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