June 11 – 13, 1865



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Sunday 11th


We passed the light at the
month of the Mississippi last
The Gulf is very smooth.




Very rough + unpleasant day
Slept on deck last night.
Finished Prof. at breakfast


Reached mouth of Rio
Grande about 8 a.m. today.
Gen. Steele is here. Wretched
place. We hope to get ashore in
fact, today.


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The Padre Island, 127 miles long
is owned by Singer brother of
the Sewing Machine man. Before
the war he had 60,000 head
of cattle. Reduced now to 3
cows + 2 bulls.
Stage fare to Brownsville $10
in gold.
At Matamoras can be
purchased all sorts of things
at wretchedly low prices—the
result of the sudden stoppage
of blockade running.


Spencer’s Education an excellent