1865 letter from sailor on board USS Rhode Island - rebellion!

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Interesting letter written by A.C. McCorrison, a sailor from Maine on the USS Rhode Island, moored in Brooklyn NY. The Civil War ended less than 4 months before this. He talks of being in the West Indies to protect the American Consul...there was a rebellion going on!

U.S.S. Rhode Island
New York
August 5th 1865
Mrs. Coombs,
I did not know but what you might want to hear from the navy once in a while as well as the army. I want you to send me James address so I can write to him for I never have heard by a letter since I shipped. We have been down to the West Indies for the last two months to protect the American Consul for there is a rebellion there. I should rather be eating another supper at your house tonight than to take my hard tack and coffee. I have got twelve months and twelve days today to stop, only that is a short time to stop. I am getting twenty two dollars a month the__ months ago I was getting fourteen. I am ship’s caporal (?) all I have to do is make out a report or prisoners in the morning and sit up until ten at night to see that all make it lights are out through the ship. __ Charles at home get if tell him and his father and all the family my love to all write soon for we expect to go out of commission in two weeks but cannot tell certain I would like to eat one of your pies.
From your friend,
A.C. McCorrison
Direct U.S.S. Rhode Island
New York


On lightly lined paper. Some sort of embossed mark UL corner.

Three horizontal folds. Some toning on folds.

8” x 5”


U.S.S. Rhode Island 1866

(Courtesy www.ibiblio.org)


Albert C. McCorrison was born in 1843. Son of Sylvanus and Margret McCorrison. On the 7th November 1866 he married Maria Metcalf in Old Town Penobscot Maine.

Rhode Island was built in New York City, in 1860 by Lupton & McDermut as John P. King; burned and rebuilt and renamed Eagle in 1861 before being purchased by the U.S. Navy on 27 June 1861 at New York; renamed Rhode Island; and commissioned at New York Navy Yard on 29 July 1861.

In early 1863, Rhode Island was sent to the West Indies to look for Confederate cruisers thought to be operating in the area. During the rest of that year and into 1864, she operated along the Atlantic coast. Placed out of commission for repairs in April 1864, Rhode Island returned to active service in early September with a greatly increased gun battery, better suiting her for a cruising role. In addition to serving in that mission, she also towed several monitors to and from the combat zone and participated in the assaults on Fort Fisher, North Carolina, in December 1864 and January 1865. Throughout her Civil War service, Rhode Island took part in the capture or destruction of seven blockade runners.

Maintained in commission in the years immediately following the end of the Civil War, Rhode Island's first duty was to help bring the formidable former Confederate armored ram Stonewall to the United States. Departing on 21 October for Havana in company with USS Hornet, Rhode Island returned with the French-built Stonewall on 23 November.