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Letter Addressed to My Dear Hattie, Havana, Cuba

Identifier: SC 00457

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6 page letter from Will to his wife Hattie dated 1864 July 27. He describes the perilous trip in their steamer boat to get to Cuba and the close call the ship had with a larger Spanish ship that seemed certain was trying to ram their bow. He describes Moro Castle and the buildings and landscape of Havana. He also describes at great length the wares of the ladies about town and the dressings adorned on the riders and horses who pull carriages. In one section of his letter, Will laments that because the first hotel they tried was full, he and his father were forced to board at a hotel filled with secesh men.


  • Creation: 1864-07-27

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