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Esbon C. Lambert Diary and Letters

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-3924

Scope and Contents note

This collection includes a diary from 1863-1864, two letters, one cargo list, and four envelopes. The diary details Lambert's time on the USS Itasca, where he served as a U.S. Navy landsman. His diary accounts for the entire year he served on the Itasca leading up to the day of the Battle of Mobile Bay and starting again several weeks later.

The first letter is from Lambert to Joseph Garton, who was the father of Lambert's future wife, Emma Garton. Garton was serving on the USS Kennebec. The second is from Joseph Garton to a Lizzie Garton in Bridgewater, New Jersey.

Dates

  • 1863-1864

Creator

Biographical/Historical note

Esbon C. Lambert, a United States Navy landsman, served on the USS Itasca during the Civil War. He was born in 1843 to William C. Lambert and Margaret Boone Sutton. Originally from Salem County, New Jersey, Lambert served on the Union gunboat Itasca from 1863 to 1864 during the Battle of Mobile Bay. Lambert married Emma Jane Garton on February 15, 1867.

Extent

0.2 Linear Feet (1 diary, 2 letters, 1 cargo list, 4 envelopes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Diary and letters from Lambert, a United States Navy landsman aboard the USS Itasca from 1863-1864, during the Battle of Mobile Bay.

Provenance

Purchased from Bookseller Ian Brabner, 2012.

Processed by

Andrew Harris, 2012

Creator

Source

Title
Guide to Esbon C. Lambert Diary and Letters
Status
Coll Lvl Complete
Date
November 2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266
205.348.0500