From a Letter:
February 9, 1862. Sunday. Land in sight, Florida Reefs. We passed Jupiter Light at noon. Made two sail, one a sloop of war; she was too far away to speak, so we ran up our flag. A number of the officers have subjected themselves to the barber and left him with sand-papered heads and faces. I have a sunburnt nose and face.
2d Lieut. Elliot:
Commence with the weather very hot in sun but a fine air which makes it quite comfortable outside.
I had a fine bath this morn and feel much invigorated thereby.
Saw what was supposed to be the spout of a whale this morning also a number of Sharks hideous looking monsters. some Black fish also playing around us. 8 O Clock A.M. Land the Florida coast expect to make Florida Reefs tomorrow
Services on deck this A.M. by Chaplain from Maine 12 Regiment. did not know it until it was over.
Captain is quite slim. lame in his joints similar to troubles I have just got through with. our Comp is quite healthy but 3 or 4 been very sick since we started.
1 O Clock M. overhauled an American Man of War under a head of steam only supposed to be the Pensacola. 4 P.M. any quantity of small schooners on our track. 10 P.M. Revolving lights on Cardinas Reef a fine affair this is about 100 miles from Key West.
Our Officers to day have most all got a hair cutting and shaving mania. Clipped heads and mouth beards must now be worn or a man is nowhere.
Corpl. B. B. Smith:
Sunday. February 9, 1862
Another fine day we had a
A sight of 2 pelicans and other
Foul flying over and around
The ship. the pelicans are a
Very large bird with a pouch
Under their upper bill to
Carry their food in. a large
Shark was seen this AM had
Divine service on deck this PM.
Had a good shave and wash see a Ship
To forward of us.