In this letter to his mother, Evans writes about travelling into the Gulf of Mexico from the mouth of the Mississippi River. For Evans, it was his first time on the open sea. He summarizes his many travels over the course of the War and the pleasures each day seems to bring. He describes the War as a dark cloud hanging over the nation and that he expects to land in Port Cabello.
A typed transcript follows the original handwritten letter in this digital file.
Evans, Thomas L., "Thomas L. Evans letter to his mother from the steamer George Peabody in the Gulf of Mexico, December 20, 1863" (1863). Thomas L. Evans Civil War Correspondence. 101.
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Thomas L. Evans Papers (SPC-972-0007_07_07_18631220)