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By Edward T., Jr. Cotham

On September 28, 1863, the "Galveston Tri-Weekly information" stuck its readers' recognition with an merchandise headlined 'A Yankee Note-Book'. It was once the 1st instalment of a diary confiscated from U.S. Marine Henry O. Gusley, who were captured on the conflict of Sabine go. Gusley's diary proved so well liked by readers that they clamoured for extra, inflicting the newspaper to run every one excerpt two times until eventually the total diary was once released. for plenty of in Gusley's accomplice readership, his diary supplied a unprecedented glimpse into the reviews and emotions of a standard Yankee - an enemy whom, they fast came across, it might be effortless to treat as a pal. This publication comprises the entire textual content of Henry Gusley's Civil struggle diary, expertly annotated and brought by way of Edward Cotham.One of the few journals that experience survived from U.S. Marines who served alongside the Gulf Coast, it files essentially the most vital naval campaigns of the Civil warfare, together with the impressive Union good fortune at New Orleans and the embarrassing defeats at Galveston and Sabine move. It additionally deals an unequalled portrait of lifestyle aboard send. Accompanying the diary entries are formerly unpublished drawings by means of Daniel Nestell, a physician who served within the comparable flotilla and finally at the related send as Gusley, which depict the various locales and occasions that Gusley describes. jointly, Gusley's diary and Nestell's drawings are like photo postcards from the Civil warfare - shiny, literary, frequently relocating dispatches from considered one of 'Uncle Sam's nephews within the Gulf'.

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We, however, manned the pumps, and at daylight found ourselves still afloat and the pumps rapidly gaining on the water. ,¹⁷ where we remained until the 8th of March for repairs and coal. Port Royal is quite a beautiful little town, and has a very large and commodious harbor. S. troops, and was then a place of rendezvous for part of the blockading squadron. An immense navy was riding at anchor in the harbor, and the beach (Figure 22) was lined with the tents of the soldiery. ) On the 8th, we again put to sea, and on the 10th we arrived at Key West, Florida,¹⁸ having exceedingly fine weather during the trip.

Towards night the gale greatly increased, and with such fury did the wind toss the waves that, fearful of being wrecked upon the shore, we stood farther out to sea. The storm (Figure 20) raged with fearful violence during the whole night, and with such force was our vessel pitched about that it was impossible to stand erect, or walk upon the decks; and the sea washed over us to such an extent that the hatches were battened down, leaving us no place to sleep, even if we had the desire to do so. As the morning dawned, however, the storm abated, and daylight found us over a hundred miles from land, and none of the vessels which started with us in sight.

There was considerable controversy, even during the war, as to how effective Porter’s mortar bombardment had actually been. As Colonel Higgins admitted, to the Confederates inside the forts the bombardment had seemed an awesome thing, causing substantial damage to the walls of the forts and the structures within them. S. Coast Survey, who conducted a survey of Fort Jackson after it eventually surrendered, fig u r e 12 . S. Coast Survey Plan of Fort Jackson. Dark Sections Showing Damage from the Mortar Flotilla’s Bombardment, April 18–24, 1862.

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