David D. Wemple letter
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David D. Wemple letter

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Wemple, David Duane, 1843-1864.
Title: David D. Wemple letter
Dates: 1862
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0853

Biographical/Historical Note

David Duane Wemple (1843-1864) was born in New York. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Civil War. In 1864, white attacking Fort Fisher on Cape Fear, North Carolina, a 100-pound Parrott Rifle on Wemple's ship, the USS Juniata, burst, mortally wounding the Union sailor. Wemple died in North Carolina.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a letter from David D. Wemple to his brother, Zeiley, written from the Frigate Potomac stationed off the coast of Ship Island, in 1862. In the letter, Wemple tells of his life on the ship; he tells of meeting people on Oat Island who told him of the high prices for commodities in Savannah and Mobile. The last part of the letter may be missing, as there is no signature. The creator was identified as David Duane Wemple by the donor of the letter.

Index Terms

Letters (correspondence)
Potomac (Frigate)
Savannah (Ga.)
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
United States. Navy--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Wemple, David Duane, 1843-1864.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], David D. Wemple letter, MS 853, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of R.R. Livingston, 1936.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

Item 1: Duane D. Wemple to his brother Zeiley. U.S. Frigate Potomac. Off Ship Island, 1862 August 17 and 21 ( 4.0 p. ) View online.
Tells of life on board ship; meet people on Oat island who tell them of high prices for commodities in Savannah and Mobile. Last part of the letter is probably missing as there is no signature.