The Gulf Coast Blockade

In November of 1864 Cornelius Gold transferred to the U.S. Navy. Shortly thereafter he was shipped to Key West, Florida, originally to join the West Gulf Squadron as a paymaster, probably based in New Orleans. While in Key West, plans changed and Gold spent his service as a paymaster in and around Pensacola and Mobile Bay. In his letters home to his mother, Gold describes life in the Navy and preparations for the assault on Mobile and its eventual surrender.


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