A Year on a Monitor and the Destruction of Fort Sumter by Alvah F. Hunter, Craig L. Symonds

By Alvah F. Hunter, Craig L. Symonds

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United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Naval operations, United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives, Sailors--United States--Biography. Page ii A Year on a Monitor and the Destruction of Fort Sumter by Alvah Folsom Hunter Edited and with an Introduction by Craig L. Symonds Page iv Title page photo: The Nahant leads a stationary parade of monitors laid up in ordinary at League Island, New York, after the war. Dust jacket photo: Called back into service for the Spanish-American War, the Nahant served as a harbor defense vessel.

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.

Marines were standing guard at the gangway, on the poop, by the cabin door, etc. One of the first things taught me was that a marine was the natural enemy of every sailor, and that all sailors were in duty bound to get ahead of the marines whenever possible. There were a score or more of decrepit old sailors aboard, whose duty it seemed to be to keep the youngsters in order, no light task with such a swarm of mischievous boys. The food was abundant and good, and there was little for us to do but turn out at six o'clock in the morning, sweep the decks, eat our three meals, and turn in after hammocks were piped down at eight bells (eight o'clock) in the evening.

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