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To my dearest wife, Lide : letters from George B. Gideon Jr. during Commodore Perry's Expedition to Japan, 1853-1855

Title
To my dearest wife, Lide : letters from George B. Gideon Jr. during Commodore Perry's Expedition to Japan, 1853-1855 / edited by M. Patrick Sauer and David A. Ranzan.
Author
Gideon, George B., 1827-1863
Publication
  • Tuscaloosa : The University of Alabama Press, [2019]
  • ©2019

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Additional Authors
  • Gideon, Eliza, 1827-1871
  • Sauer, M. Patrick (Michael Patrick), 1972-
  • Ranzan, David A.
Description
xiii, 255 pages : illustrations, map, portrait; 24 cm.
Summary
George B. Gideon Jr. served as second assistant engineer aboard the USS Powhatan from 1852 to 1865. From his position on the steam frigate, Gideon traveled to Singapore, Labuan, Borneo, Hong Kong, and many other Asian lands. During his time at sea, Gideon penned dozens of letters to his wife, Lide, back home in Philadelphia. Recently discovered in the attic of his great-great-grandniece were fifty-one letters penned by Gideon providing thorough and insightful commentary throughout the voyage. Through these correspondences, Gideon laboriously documents the details of his daily life on board, from the food they ate to the technical aspects of his work, as well as observations concerning the historical events unfolding around him, such as Chinese piracy, the Taiping Rebellion, the Crimean War, and the devastation of Shimoda. [This book] is a rare first-person account of the landmark American naval expedition to Japan to establish commercial relations between the two countries. Gideon's letters have been meticulously transcribed and annotated by the editors and are an invaluable primary historical source. Gideon's letters are candid and revealing, delving into the rampant dysfunction in the navy of the 1850s--sickness and disease, alcohol abuse, and poor leadership, among other challenges. Gideon also unabashedly share his own cynical views of the navy's role in supporting American economic interests in Japan. This firsthand account of the political mission of the Perry expedition is a unique contribution to naval and military history and gives readers a better view of life aboard a navy ship. -- Dust jacket flap.
Series Statement
Maritime currents: history and archaeology
Uniform Title
Maritime currents.
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • History.
  • Personal correspondence.
  • Sources.
Bibliography (note)
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages [199]-248) and index.
Contents
Chronology -- Introduction -- February 13-April 19, 1853 -- August 30-December 29, 1853 -- January 1-June 23, 1854 -- July 3-December 28, 1854 -- January 1-June 27, 1855 -- July 2-December 23, 1855.
Call Number
JFE 19-10075
ISBN
  • 9780817320232
  • 0817320237
  • 9780817392376 (canceled/invalid)
LCCN
2018054794
OCLC
1078994035
Author
Gideon, George B., 1827-1863, author.
Title
To my dearest wife, Lide : letters from George B. Gideon Jr. during Commodore Perry's Expedition to Japan, 1853-1855 / edited by M. Patrick Sauer and David A. Ranzan.
Publisher
Tuscaloosa : The University of Alabama Press, [2019]
Copyright Date
©2019
Type of Content
text
Type of Medium
unmediated
Type of Carrier
volume
Series
Maritime currents: history and archaeology
Maritime currents.
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages [199]-248) and index.
Chronological Term
1800-1899
Added Author
Gideon, Eliza, 1827-1871, correspondent.
Sauer, M. Patrick (Michael Patrick), 1972- editor.
Ranzan, David A., editor.
Research Call Number
JFE 19-10075
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