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    [Civil War] Letter of Union Naval Activity off the Carolina Coast. Three and one-half pages, 8" x 9.75", on blue-lined paper, Stone River [South Carolina], December 5, 1862. Written onboard the "U. S. Gun Boat 'Ottawa,'" the author laments his return to "old Carolina." He writes: "It is just as dull here now as when we left, though much more pleasant and agreeable weather." He goes on to request "25,000 men and a couple of monitors."

    Of the enemy he says: "Yesterday afternoon we went up the river a little way and took another look at Charleston and Secessionville, but saw none of the enemy of any account. It is said however that they are still at work building Batteries to more strongly defend the laity against the Yankee vandals."

    The USS Ottawa was a Unadilla class, screw steam gunboat built in 1861 for blockade duty operating off the coast of the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. She took part in the capture of Port Royal, South Carolina, in 1861, the bombardment of Charleston harbor in 1863, and destroyed three blockade runners in her short career. She was decommissioned in 1865.

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