Naval letter, 2 1/2 pages, 4to., U.S.S. “Kearsarge”, Cadiz, Spain, Nov. 18th, 1862. Ship’s surgeon/steward George A. Tittle writes to his sister:
“…Nearly ten months have passed since we left Portsmouth N.H. and during all that time, I have been kept entirely ignorant of what has been transpiring at home…I have a desire to receive news from home and hope you will have the kindness as soon as you receive this letter to write a good long letter, and direct it to me, care of American Consul, Cadiz, Spain, also mark on the Envelope, via English Mail Steamer, pay only the U.S. postage upon it, and I will pay the foreign postage when I receive it.
I believe my last letter was dated Fayal, which Island we left on the night of Oct. 7th, and at about 2 a.m. next day we discovered a large side wheel Steamer standing in towards the Island of Terceira which, immediately upon discovering us altered her course, and stood off to sea. We gave chase to her, and continued chasing, gradually gaining upon her, until about 1 o’clock next morning, when we lost sight of her, it being very dark and raining at the same time – during the chase, she sent down all her spars, which judging from the sparks issuing from her smokepipes, she used for fuel, she also threw overboard boxes and barrels, probably with the intention of lightening her.
Since our arrival at Cadiz we have learned that a steamer had arrived at Southampton, with a cargo of Cotton, having run the blockade at Charleston, and when off the Azores, was chased by a war steamer, and was compelled to use her masts and other sparks for fuel, being short of coal at that time.
Since the above we have visited nearly all the Western Islands, Madeira & Gibraltar. The first lieutenant of the “Sumter” is now confined in jail at Gibraltar for murdering his Captain.
We are now anchored opposite the city of Cadiz, and in a few days will go into Dry-Dock at Lacaraca Navy Yard, for repairs, where, I presume, we will be detained six or eight weeks.
I shall sent this by a Barque bound to New York…Geo. A. Tittle”
Very fine, easy to read, and a good content letter.
George A. Tittle enlisted in the U.S. Navy on 1/11/59. He served on the U.S.S. “Brooklyn” until 10/61 as Surgeon/Steward and then on the U.S.S. “Kearsarge” as Surgeon/Steward from 12/3/61 until 12/2/64 after the ship returned to the U.S.