Personal and professional letters from sailors and officers to colleagues, family, and friends.
This collection contains correspondence pertaining to USS Constitution and her crew. Correspondence is written communication addressed to an individual or group, and typically sent by post or courier. Examples include letters, postcards, or telegrams. Most of the items comprising this collection are handwritten letters. General topics include accounts of sea battles, naval correspondence, the lives of sailors, relationships with family back home, the “Save Old Ironsides” restoration campaign, and the National Cruise. Notable items include a letter from Edward Preble in which he requests aid from Sicily during the Barbary War. A British view ofConstitution‘s battle with HMS Java is described in a letter by Royal Navy Captain John Marshall, a passenger on board Java during the encounter.