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Letter, [ca. 1930], Louise Harllee Pearce to Louise Sallenger
Letter, [ca. 1930], of Louise Harllee Pearce, Atlanta, Ga., to her niece, Louise [Sallenger], contains a detailed account of the construction of the CSA gunboat Pee Dee at Mars Bluff during the Civil War.

Mrs. Pearce recalled that "we ladies knew they did not have the money to spare so a number of us offered to sell our jewelry, for gold dollars, to help pay for the building."

"Some of the work on the gunboat was performed by soldiers while they were home on leave. While the soldiers worked on the boat, we gave them pic-nics on [the] deck of the boat. We sat and talked and ate our lunch there, but it was too small for dancing, so we went down to the shed....One of the workmen played the violin and another the banjo, while we danced and thought it great fun." A great celebration was held when the boat was launched, but the Pee Dee was destined to remain near Mars Bluff where it was destroyed by the retreating Confederate army.


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