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A year on a monitor and the destruction of Fort Sumter

Author: Alvah Folsom Hunter; Craig L Symonds
Publisher: Columbia, S.C. : University of South Carolina Press, ©1987.
Series: Classics in maritime history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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At the age of 16, Alvah F. Hunter enlisted in the Navy and was assigned to a Union Civil War monitor. He engaged in 19 sea battles, principally in the destruction of the batteries that protected Charleston, S.C., thereby closing the ports to blockade runners. In 1863, he received an honorable discharge as a "1st Class Cabin Boy." The following year, he joined the Signal Corps of the Army, where he served until the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Personal narratives
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Hunter, Alvah Folsom.
Year on a monitor and the destruction of Fort Sumter.
Columbia, S.C. : University of South Carolina Press, ©1987
(OCoLC)569552453
Named Person: Alvah Folsom Hunter; Alvah Folsom Hunter
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alvah Folsom Hunter; Craig L Symonds
ISBN: 0872495310 9780872495319
OCLC Number: 16276453
Description: xix, 184 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series Title: Classics in maritime history.
Responsibility: by Alvah Folsom Hunter ; edited and with an introduction by Craig L. Symonds.
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At the age of 16, Alvah F. Hunter enlisted in the Navy and was assigned to a Union Civil War monitor. He engaged in 19 sea battles, principally in the destruction of the batteries that protected Charleston, S.C., thereby closing the ports to blockade runners. In 1863, he received an honorable discharge as a "1st Class Cabin Boy." The following year, he joined the Signal Corps of the Army, where he served until the war was over. He later married and became a father and a successful businessman, although he is known to Civil War historians solely on the basis of his manuscript, A Year on a Monitor and the Destruction of Fort Sumter. The memoir is believed to have been written during the war or shortly thereafter and is virtually the only writing in print by an enlisted person during the Civil War era.

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