A Sailor's Log: Recollections of Forty Years of Naval Life

A Sailor's Log: Recollections of Forty Years of Naval Life

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A Sailor's Log: Recollections of Forty Years of Naval Life

A Sailor's Log: Recollections of Forty Years of Naval Life

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Before spinning the yarn of my forty years in the navy, it seems only proper that I should give a short history of my life before entering the service.

I was born in Floyd County, Virginia, August 18, 1846.

My father, Samuel Andrew Jackson Evans, M. D., was a graduate of the University of Virginia, and named me, his first son, after Doctor Robley Dunglison, who had been his instructor and dear friend. The home of my parents was in the mountains of Virginia, which, at the time of my birth, were almost as wild and rough as the partially settled mountains of the West. We did not have savage Indians to contend with, but we did have their savage white brothers.

As a means of livelihood my father followed his profession of medicine, and he was the only doctor in a circuit of twenty or thirty miles. For pleasure he owned slaves and farmed, and when requested to do so, represented his constituents in the State Legislature. The life of a doctor under such conditions was a very hard one, particularly in the winter season. Frequently he had to be in the saddle all night, facing the . . .

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