William Benjamin Gould diary, 15 April 1865
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On 22 September 1862, William Benjamin Gould and seven other slaves escaped to the Cambridge, a Union gunboat patrolling the Confederate coast. Five days later, Gould began his diary, in which he described his service as an African-American sailor between 1862 and 1865. He served on the Cambridge and the Niagara.