In an 1862 letter to his wife, Anna, William Keeler described the moment he saw a slave became a free man. It was late at night on May 16, and he was below decks on the Monitor, the Union ironclad then on duty off City Point in Virginia’s James River, 15 miles southeast of Richmond and 70 miles inside hostile territory
1864 or 1865. Deep Bottom, Virginia. Federal gunboat Mendota on the James River. Put in service May 2, 1864. From photographs of the Federal Navy and seaborne expeditions against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy.