Photo of this postcard was given to me but I don't own the original.
Happy 173rd Birthday!
My second great grandfather was born on 11 July 1840 and I'd like to remember his birthday with this photo of the Watch Hill Light in Westerly, RI that he mailed in 1906. They called him Capt. Jim because of his love of the sea and he could be found in his boat called the Triumph gathering seaweed for manure.
Although he was not a sea captain, he is pivotal in the "Summer of the Sea Captains" because his family is the reason I decided to blog about this for my summer postings.
(I recently have new information about his son who mysteriously lived with Sea Captain: Capt. Palmer Hall of Westerly)
One of his diaries during the Civil War is held in the Special Collections at the Providence Public Library. It is transcribed here.
Very little of it is personal information but it is very valuable for the dates and places he was during the War. But, today, I would like you to see what he wrote on his 22nd birthday.