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37 letters, mostly during the Civil War era, written by Andrew J. Weeks, of Brooklyn, New York, to his sister, Hannah Weeks of Merrick, Long Island, New York. He was a 1st sergeant of Co. D., 10th Regiment of the New York infantry Volunteers. He wrote from Fort Monroe, Virginia, Gosport Navy Yard, Virginia, Richmond, Virginia, Point Lookout, Maryland, Beaufort, North Carolina and Riker's Island, New York. On March 9, 1861, Weeks states the Merrimac has sunk the Cumberland and the Ericcson arrived in time to save Newport News from falling to the Rebels. He saw much naval activity and writes of the blockade off of Wilmington, North Carolina and describes the military zone around Richmond in February 1863.
From 1864-1866 Weeks was a fireman on board the U.S.S. Dumbarton, based in Godport Navy Yard, and on the U.S.S. New Hampshire in Port Royal, South Carolina.
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