"Report On St. Augustine"

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Title

"Report On St. Augustine"

Subject

Mason, Blaky; Charleston, SC; Fort Marion; Castillo de San Marcos; St. Francis Barracks; Seawall; Minorcans; Spanish; 7th New Hampshire Volunteers; Sea Wall; Catholic Church; Cathedral Basilica; 1863

Description

Union soldier of the 7th New Hampshire Volunteers, Blaky Mason's 1863; 3 page "Report on St. Augustine," sent in a letter to "Friend Frank." Initial detail is on St. Augustine's favorable climate, and several companies of the 7th New Hampshire Regiment moving to Charleston, South Carolina. Mason writes on improvements to the St. Francis Barracks and cramped quarters at Fort Marion (Castillo de San Marcos), explaining, it's "full of rats and there is no end to the flees." On St. Augustine, Mason writes, "The city itself is a curious looking old dilapidated thing," before remarking on the state of its houses. The "Oldest House" is mentioned, as its woodwork is being stripped away by souvenir-seekers. Additionally, Mason writes of sending coquina home to his wife, more detail on the fort, the sea wall and the health of his regiment. Of particular note, is a section on the Minorcan, Spanish, and Northern populations, where Mason uses the nickname, "Sugar Cane and Mullet."

Creator

Mason, Blaky

Source

MC19 . Box 1 . Folder 17

Publisher

Germany, Chad

Date

24-04-1863

Contributor

Mason, Blaky

Rights

St. Augustine Historical Society

Relation

IsReferencedBy Thomas Graham's book, The Awakening of St. Augustine: The Anderson Family and the Oldest City: 1821-1924 (1978)

Format

Handwritten letter / 8" x 9.5"

Language

en-US

Type

Text

Identifier

Manuscript Collection 19

Coverage

1863; St. Augustine, FL

Files

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Citation

Mason, Blaky, “"Report On St. Augustine",” The Civil War In St. Augustine, accessed September 20, 2017, http://sacivilwararchive.com/items/show/3.