James S. Wise [1830–1890]

Jane’s brother William returned home yesterday. He was in his room at the time of the explosion. He buried his face in a pillow to protect himself from the steam. He escaped, but not without suffering burns to his body.

Shortly, I will leave for the Tennessee to inspect what remains of the Eclipse. It is a sad task. The Eclipse saw a great deal of this war. The rebel guerrillas fired on her many times. I remember when I commanded her in ’63 and we encountered the enemy at Palmyra. My crew conducted themselves nobly and the Eclipse returned home safely though battered. She was a good boat, but no longer.

Love to Mother. Jane and Ida are well. They send their love.

Respectfully your son,


newspaper clippingCincinnati Daily Gazette, January 30, 1865
Description of the explosion of the Eclipse
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