P-084: Captain Enos B. Moore Diaries and Correspondence

This collection of letters and diaries of Captain Enos B. Moore preserves a turbulent time in US and river history, the years leading up to and through the Civil War. Moore piloted steamboats on the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers for 45 years, between 1844-1889. The letters date from 1853 to 1865. The four diaries contain daily entries for years 1859, 1860, 1861, and 1865. Subjects include river trade and commerce, the effect of the war on river industry and Moore’s fellow riverboat captains, struggling banks, and the blockade at Cairo. The collection also includes a typed copy of family history research compiled by Enos’ children, William and Mary Moore, in the mid-20th century titled The Moores of Portsmouth.
Herman T. Pott National Inland Waterways Library

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Letter from Captain Enos B. Moore to Maria About Loneliness 1859
Letter from Enos B. Moore to Maria before landing in Memphis regarding how he and others felt lonesome after she left, but he knew it would not always be that way. He mentioned that a young friend of theirs felt it is not good for a man to be alone, and would be asking many hard questions before long. Moore mentioned sympathizing with her trouble with Mrs. Roberts, which was a delicate subject that he hoped Maria would be able to arrange a compromise. He hoped to hear back from her soon when he arrived in Vicksburg, as he was anxious to hear about her arrangements to the school and the future.
Letter from Captain Enos B. Moore to Miss W. Moore About Men 1865
Letter from Enos B. Moore to Miss W. Moore. He had found as many men as she had sent for. He did not believe their physiognomy was to his standards, but thought if she saw them they would be fine.
Letter from Captain Enos B. Moore to his brother from Hiawatha About Steamboat Work 1858
Letter from Enos B. Moore to William from Hiawatha. The steamboat Oglesby had been laid up at St. Louis. He was going to go down and arrange for some money to be sent to the bank for Mr. Moore. The shafts had been made, and most of the work was done except for the boilers and a few other tasks. Work was to be done in the shop for the remaining tasks and the engines. The steamboat Crescent had gone down to standby until spring. They had a fair trip down that would pay them something.
Letter from Maria Moore to Captain Enos B. Moore About Their Travels and Letters
Letter from Maria Moore to Enos B. Moore. This letter has 3 parts. In the first, she described how much she missed him while he was on business in New Orleans taking care of the boat. The second part of the letter was written the next day. She received a short communication from him and mentioned the family would be heading to Yazoo City if there was no fever in New Orleans. She also said she may travel to Portsmouth by the time he left. In the third part of the letter, she briefly wrote that she wanted him to send full letters as opposed to just a "line", but even that is better than nothing.
Letter from Maria Moore to Her Friend Describing Their House 1864
Letter from Maria Moore to her friend, also named Maria, describing the house they lived in. The letter is four pages long, and goes into great detail from the rug and the color of the curtains, to the yard and the books on their shelves. She described that her daughter, Mary, had whooping cough but was getting over it. She described a trip to Niagara Falls and signed the letter back on the front page upside down.
Letter from Samuel Moore to Captain Enos B. Moore Expressing Concern For Family and Friends 1864
Letter from Samuel Moore to Enos B. Moore. He was worried as he had not heard from him or William, and thought someone in the family may be sick. He mentioned receiving word in Cairo that Captain Young had died. He asked to hear back as soon as the letter was received.
Letter from a Woman to Maria Moore About Her Illness and Home 1865
Letter from a woman to Maria Moore (author mentions addressee's daughters Mary and Fanny). The author made mention of her "dear husband", but the signature is not legible. She wrote about being ill with a cough, and that she was taking cod liver oil and other medications recommended by friends. She declined an invitation to Iowa stating her political views would be in conflict with the people there. She mentioned being bed ridden and that her children (Louis, Jeffie, and Millie) were helping around the house. The author spoke about not being able to have negro servants any more, and how she would rather see them put in their place and be "delivered from these negro equality". She mentioned even with some schooling, they did not speak like white folk. The author changes the subject to her family and that war had destroyed a lot of Yazoo City. She concluded with a desire to visit her mother and the orchards near where she lived.
Letter of Employment Reference From Captain Enos B. Moore 1856
Employment reference letter for Mr. Woodworth from Enos B. Moore to Captain Moore. Woodworth was employed as a mate on the steamboat The Home for $75.00 a month.
Short Letter from Captain Enos B. Moore to a Man About Money and Future Trips 1859
Short letter from Enos B. Moore to a man written in haste after getting off of his watch. He stated he had yet to hear from home since his last letter, but would send them a draft for $500 and mention some sort of case. It would not be worthwhile for him to have returned that summer as the boats would be laying up before he had started. Their load was very heavy and he suspected they would have to wait until the river rose to set off.

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