Following the American Civil War Sesquicentennial with day by day writings of the time, currently 1863.

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War Diary of Luman Harris Tenney

August 6, 2013

War Diary of Luman Harris Tenney.

6th. Saturday. A very pleasant ride down the James. Rounded Lighthouse Point. Soon passed Harrison’s Landing, then Fort Powhatan and Wilcox’s Landing. Here danger from reb guns ceased. The old Jamestown site on left bank, a few chimneys still standing. Newport near where the Merrimac fight came off, Cumberland and Congress sunk. Sewall’s Point across, eight miles down Fortress Monroe. Went ashore. Everything carried on in the finest style. Splendid fort, having an armament of over 200 guns and “The Union” monster gun which fired a shot from Fort Monroe to Sewall’s Point, 8 miles. Ripraps still progressing. A splendid fort built in center of stream on the shoals, Gov’t prisoners at work on it. Through Hampton Roads into the Chesapeake and Atlantic. Passing Old Point Comfort, the bay is very wide. Saw an American and English frigate and a French gunboat. An English cutter manned by 8 or 10 fellows in white came ashore. Reached Point Lookout about sundown, the ironclad Roanoke lying off the point. Up the river, 12 miles, and anchored for the night. A most pleasant trip. Stormed enough to roughen the bay a little. Good fare upon the boat. Pass hundreds of boats, most of them making their way to City Point, I suppose. Phosphorus.

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