Searching for letters, journals, and other personal documents referencing the life and military service of David King Perkins (1843-1893) of Kennebunkport, Maine, who served as an acting master’s mate on the Union warship “Seminole” from 1863-1865. He was present and aboard the vessel during the Battle of Mobile Bay, the landmark engagement that closed the last major Confederate port in the Gulf of Mexico. After the war, Perkins resided in California, where his older brother, George Clement Perkins, served as governor from 1880-1883 and as a U.S. senator from 1893-1915.
I have a scan of his 1863-1864 journal, which was recently offered for sale on eBay (opening bid not met). The owner of the diary also had a cache of letters written by Perkins, but those have all been sold and the seller did not keep scans of them.