By Alvah F. Hunter, Craig L. Symonds
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The text is very heavy in its reliance on the passive voice, but this was Hunter's choice and I have allowed it to stand. I did, however, make some minor corrections. First, because Hunter often strung together several sentences with semicolons, I replaced many of his semicolons with periods. In the same spirit I less frequently lumped together some very short single-sentence paragraphs into one longer paragraph when it seemed appropriate to do so. Second, in checking the accuracy of the quotations that Hunter cites from nineteenth-century sources, I discovered that he occasionally made small errors in transcription.
Reynolds Predators and Prizes: American Privateering and Imperial Warfare, 17391748 by Carl E. Swanson "We Will Stand by You": Serving in the Pawnee, 19421945 by Theodore C. Mason Page vii Contents Editor's Introduction xi 1 Getting into the Navy 3 2 Getting Acquainted with the Nahant 11 3 The Long Voyage to New York The Voyage to Fortress Monro 19 4 The Voyage to Port Royal The Fighting at Fort McAllister 28 5 Repairing Damages Fishing and Other Recreations 39 6 The Attack of the Iron Clad Fleet upon Fort Sumter 47 7 Again Repairing Damages Restoring the Crew Blackberrying Pleasures 62 8 The Capture of the Ram Atlanta 73 9 Pleasures at Port Royal Getting Ready for the Next Move A Visit to the Ram Atlanta 87 10 The Attack of the Army and Navy upon Morris Island 95 11 Three Weeks' Sick Leave The Assault upon Fort Wagner and Death of Colonel Shaw The Adventures of the Nahant 103 Page viii 12 Repairing and Refitting A Personal Difficulty Fighting Forts Wagner and Sumter A Torpedo Attack upon the Ironsides The "Swamp Angel" 112 13 Fort Wagner Taken The Weehawken Aground A Naval Assault upon Fort Sumter 124 14 Finding a Floating Mine Another Night Attack upon the Ironsides 134 15 A Day's Liberty Visiting Fort Wagner and Battery Gregg 145 16 Three Weeks in Port Royal Near to a Disaster The Lehigh Aground 156 17 A Good Thanksgiving Dinner The Story of "Pickled Eels' Feet" The Fate of the Weehawken My Time Expired 165 18 Homeward Bound A Blockade Runner Captured and a Visit to Her The Voyage to Boston Paid Off and Discharged 173 Index 182 Illustrations Frontispiece Monitors laid up at League Island, New York, after the Civil War.
As one after another of his friends and former schoolmates signed up, Alvah became obsessed with the idea of joining them. Finally it occurred to him that he might be taken as a drummer boy or a fife player. He recorded his effort to join the Union Army in an autobiographical account of his boyhood years, now in the hands of his grandchildren: Page xiv One day I went out to Laconia to do some errands and went into a recruiting office there. After some talk with Mr. Lane, the recruiting officer, I mentioned that I could play the fife after a fashion and he decided to enlist me and try to get me in as a musician.
A Year on a Monitor and the Destruction of Fort Sumter by Alvah F. Hunter, Craig L. Symonds