By Alvah F. Hunter, Craig L. Symonds
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Little is known of his means of livelihood for the next sixteen years. One of his endeavors was promoting a printing process, an activity which took him to Europe twice for extended periods. He married Alice Thurston in 1872 and with her raised a family of four sons. In 1883, he started a poultry business, and soon owned a large poultry farm. Eventually, he became the editor of two journals on farming and poultry raising. At the end of World War I, he retired and moved to West Roxbury, Massachusetts, not far from his boyhood home in New Hampshire, where he could return to his early lovefishing.
A great many of these, however, had shipped as "landsmen," as I afterwards learned, chiefly because a landsman was paid two dollars more per month than a boy was paid. The wages of a "first-class boy" were eight dollars per month. Marines were standing guard at the gangway, on the poop, by the cabin door, etc. One of the first things taught me was that a marine was the natural enemy of every sailor, and that all sailors were in duty bound to get ahead of the marines whenever possible. There were a score or more of decrepit old sailors aboard, whose duty it seemed to be to keep the youngsters in order, no light task with such a swarm of mischievous boys.
There was never any liquor or tobacco in his own house and he never missed it. " In a revealing episode in this memoir, Hunter describes a confrontation that took place while he was exploring Morris Island during the siege of Charleston. Some Union soldiers who had managed to get their hands on a bottle of spirits, offered a "nip'' to Hunter the sailor boy and were miffed when he refused. One of the soldiers, a big burley sort, announced his intention to force Hunter to be more sociable. Hunter was rescued from this fate by another soldier still sober enough to realize that if Hunter did not drink, there would be more left for the soldiers, and Hunter was therefore allowed to continue on his way.
A Year on a Monitor and the Destruction of Fort Sumter by Alvah F. Hunter, Craig L. Symonds