The Civil War Connections Blog

Gouty Captain….

On August 7, 1862, Paymaster William Keeler wrote what is quite possibly my favorite line about the Monitor:

Hot, hotter, hottest – could stand it no longer, so last night I wrapped my blanket ‘round me & took to our iron deck – if the bed was not soft it was not so insufferable hot as my pen. What with heat, mosquitoes & a gouty Captain have nearly gone distracted.

Captain Jeffers was the gouty captain. But he would be leaving the Monitor soon…..