Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Humor? Political Commentary? None of The Above?

During our day-at-The-Archives in Montgomery, Bob and I noticed at the bottom of one particular bond the signature of the Captain....with a hand drawn flourish around the end of his signature with the word "Seal" added.

It was Captain Joseph J. Brown of the steamer Montmorenci, boarded by The Alabama on November 25, 1861, who added that little unofficial "seal". Was the Captain making a statement, and not a complimentary one, about The Alabama and/or Semmes? Was he making a joke? Or am I reading too much into what may have been a common occurrence?

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