On one of my trips to visit my mother back in the early 1950s I noticed a beautiful old desk that she had recently inherited from her father.
Stuffed into one of the pigeon holes were 35 letters that were written by my great grandfather to his son during the Civil War. They were all in the original envelopes stamped and dated from 1863 to 1865. They are now in my possession and will eventually be donated to the Mystic Seaport Museum.
The letters are a treasure trove of family life during the war, and describe in great detail his ship building activity during that period. Here is what he wrote to his son on "Sunday evening, January 4, 1863."
"We raised our new flag on the Ship house on New Years for the first time, and the next day on receipt of the Proclamation of President Lincoln freeing over 3 millions of slaves. We hope we are commencing a new Era. At any rate the Government has taken the stand and if they are properly backed up by the People it must succeed sooner or later. We are progressing and I think that we shall not go back"
more to come.