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U. S. S. Tacony

Item NMC-9058
October 4, 1864 Edmund L. Bourne
Price: $225.00


Original Civil War Navy letter. 4 pages, written in period ink.

U.S.S. Tacony
Albemarle Sound, NC
Tuesday October 4, 1864

Friend Hill,

I have been thinking all along that I would not write until I had heard from you. But I am not going to wait to long for I want to hear from you.

We left Fortress Monroe the second day after we left the yard, put underway in the evening and arrived at the inlet the next morning, all right, had a good run. We found everything here just as we left it. Hill the ram is about played out. We have had but one scare since our return. One afternoon the tree picket boats come running down to the fleet under full speed, saying “ the ram is out, the ram is out.” We all got underway and formed in line to wait for her. Come to find out it was an old steamer come down to the mouth of the river to look at us, nothing more.

We are on picket now. Relieved the Wyalusing three days ago. We shall be relieved today. It is dull enough in this desolate place and I don’t know what we shall this winter. You are lucky to be outside, even in the daylight. I wish I was with you. There has been a rumor here for some time that Commodore Rowen was coming down here to take command. But we have not seen him yet. He was to come last week. I hope he will come pretty soon and start up some life in the fleet.

I have not written to Philadelphia yet, nor have I heard a word since I saw you. I have been thinking several days whether to write or not. All of my letters though have been answered. Have not seen Mr. Kruse to speak with him lately. One of the ensigns has been ordered to one of the tugs attached to the fleet. She has a torpedo attached to her for use on the ram (when she comes out).

By the way Hill I have made up my mind that IU shall get enough of the Navy by spring. I intent to leave it then. I believe the war will be over by that time, certainly if the dam copperheads don’t do too much next month.

I don’t know where or when this letter will find you. I suppose it will be forwarded to you. I want you to write me as soon as you receive this and tell me if you have heard from Phil, and if so, what the news is. I think I shall write to Mrs. Hiorth shortly. As near as I can find out the Tacony will be at home again in about three years. I wonder what has become of Wakefield.

If we could all be at 896 tonight and have a good time I would consent to stay in the Navy a year longer and that is the worst thing I could do. Now write Hill and direct to the U.S.S. Tacony, Albemarle Sound via Roanoke Island, NC. If you see anyone that inquires after me take a drink with them and believe me to be your friend.

E. L. Bourne