Sunday, April 6, 2008

Diary of Betty Herndon Maury - November 6, 1861

Wednesday [6 November 1861]

Have just read an account from the Washington Intelligencer of Lincoln's Armada. It consists of eighty vessels, which carry besides their full crews a force of thirty thousand soldiers. The expedition is most complete in its out fit. They carry five hundred surf boats, and experienced wreckers from the coast of New Jersey to land the troops in the surf. They take a number of masons and carpenters with their tools besides bricks, lumber, prepared frames of houses, barracks and wagons.

Beside the solders rations to last while they are on board ship, they carried provisions sufficient for three months and a half.

We hear that twenty three Federal vessels were standing off Port Royal S.C. in line of battle. Active preparations are making in Savannah to repel an attack.

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