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September 15, 1861: Oakland

September 15, 2011


Lake Merritt, Oakland; by Thomas Hawk, on Flickr

Camp 54

[Today] I returned to camp to see if all was right and to make preparation for leaving for a week. The ferry-boats were crowded by the thousands who were going over to see a parade at the camps near Oakland that day.

Oakland is a pretty little place, springing up with residences of San Francisco merchants. It is like Brooklyn from New York, only it is farther, the bay being some seven or eight miles wide there. Pretty oaks are scattered over the sandy flat. I returned to the city [tonight].

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