Gun Boat Louisiana in Dauphin Island N. I will spend a short time this morning trying to write you a few lines in answer to your last letter June 27.I have been from New Bern some 5 days and as we are now trying to fall in with some Northern??? Vessel so as to send off some letters. I will send this with them. Everything has gone along pleasantly. The weather has been quite cool, last night we had a large storm of wind & rain. Yesterday, we picked up 8 refugees men & boys who wished to leave rebeldom & escape the conscription. They tell us they are a right smart lot of folks who want to come away. The rebs are taking every male person between 16 & 60 & putting them into the??? Quite a bad state of affairs folks north would think if this plan would be resorted to your Gov't. Our last accts were they were or had been fighting near Washington, but had finally retreated. Govt Officials I guess felt a little uneasy about that time.
I think it would be a good thing if the rebs could get into some of the copperhead districts & clean out their barns & Stoves for them. They might then take a different view of matters. Everything is quiet in this quarter (of) Virginia & the South West being the great points of interest.Nearly all our troops have been sent to the former place. We are anxious to hear what Grant is doing as nothing has been heard from him for some time. We are confident, however, that he is not idle. His letter, however, was very short & he said he would write again. You speak of his getting further advances by the influence of his friends. That can't be done without an examination. I don't think he is ready for that. Navy regulations in regard to engineer are never restricted for any person & we must have the requisite amount of sea service before we can get promoted. I can't be examined before I have been a 2nd Asst. & all the friends I could find or anyone else find would not hasten the time. Friends sometimes can get you on certain vessels or transferred from the vessel you are on but they cannot get you advanced. That depends on a persons merits.
He must pass his examination & to do that he must be well informed on all the subjects the board brings up. There is no half way work in the matter, unless you are found capable to fill the position you are?? The next examination is a hard one & I don't look forward to it with much pleasure. When the time comes, I will try it & in the mean time, get ready for it. I have been mighty well this season & with care, I think I can continue to do so.
One of our troublesome Officers has left us & I think matters will go on more smoothly in future. It will be 10 days before we go to New Bern & I have opportunity of sending letters. I will write & some of you before that time. Last Sunday, one of the Christian Commission Agents held service on board of our vessel. His remarks were very good & were principally on program swearing.
There, however, seemed to be no life in the speaker which destroyed in a measure of good effects of his sermon. He left us a supply of religious papers which were very acceptable. I think you would like to have her come and and live with you. She must feel like a??? And someone of her uncles should take her to live with him.
If you think you are best able. I won't send for her. I will send you all good bye with much love from your son. Louisiana to New York City where the stamp was canceled by a perfectly struck geometric fancy cancel with a New-York Aug. 8 cancel alongside, addressed to the sailor's father Hiram Parker Esq in Pottsville PA with instructions to place into Box No.
46 letters written by Parker between August 23 1862 to June 29 1874 are owned by Gettysburg College. Only five of the letters were written during the Civil War, the others during his service in the Navy after the war. I paste Parker's bio from the College's website. Was born on October 4, 1841 in Pottsville, PA, where he was educated until he took an apprenticeship as a machinist for the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad shops.
In 1861, he enlisted in the Navy as an assistant engineer. For a year, he was assigned to the West Gulf Squadron on the gunboat Kanawha then reassigned to the North Atlantic Squadron on the gunboat Louisiana.
He completed his Civil War service on the gunboat Tacony... After the Civil War ended he spent three years with the South Pacific Squadron and traveled along the coast of South America. There he was first assistant engineer on the Lancaster, but then moved to chief engineer on the Powhattan. During his time on the South Pacific Squadron he saw the Cuban filibustering issues that arose after the Civil War and in his last year of service, spent some time on shore duty in South America. In 1873, he married the daughter, Mary E.Sparks, of his business partner. They had three children Jabes, Emily, and Jessie before Mary passed away in 1883.
Hiram remarried in 1885 to Marys sister Julia Sparks, they did not have any children. Hiram Parker Jr died on February 17th, 1918 at the age of 76 from lobar pneumonia and was buried in Charles Baber cemetery in Pottsville, PA.She was stripped, packed with explosives and detonated in front of Fort Fisher on December 23, 1864, to basically no effect. You can read more about her role in the war on wikipedia. In other words, you get what you pay for. The item "Civil War Naval Engineer writes from U. Louisiana - advancement, rebs, more" is in sale since Tuesday, January 12, 2021. This item is in the category "Stamps\United States\Covers\Postal History". The seller is "kupersmitphilatelicauctions" and is located in Metuchen, New Jersey.
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