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"The John C. Fremont operated mostly in the through trade between Pittsburgh and New Orleans. This was a rnodest-sized sternwheeler owned principally (4/7) by Capt. Jackman Taylor Stockdale, then a young man, who lived at Georgetown, Pa., not far below Sewickley, a town which still exists in pristine isolation without the benefit of railroad, bus or waterworks. The Fremont was not pretentious: she was a family boat, which is to say that the crew was composed, for the most part, of Georgetown persons, related to the captain.
The John C. Fremont was used in Civil Wa rservice in the early 1860s at the Battle of Pittsburgh Landing, Tennessee River."
Extract from a private letter written by Captain Frederick Way, Jr., Editor of The Inland River Record and one of the greatest living authorities on inland waters travel.
From the book "The Chess Players"
Parkinson Keyes, 1960