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CIVIL WAR LETTERS > Union Letters

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Authentic letters from the battlefield, camps and home front during the Civil War

"The soldier looks upon a letter from home as a perfect God send, sent as it were by some kind ministering angel to cheer his dark and weary hours."
Private Robert Goodyear, 27th Connecticut Infantry

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10th Connecticut Infantry Letter

8 pages, 5 x 8, in ink, written by Lieutenant Benjamin Wright, to his wife Abbie. Excellent 1863 Charleston, South Carolina campaign content.

Camp 10th C.[onnecticut] V.[olunteers], Seabrook Island, S.C., June 15th, 1863

My Dear Abbie,

Here it is the middle of June. One summer month will quickly be gone. Well, I can say "fly quickly round ye wheels of time and bring the welcome day" that is when our time shall have been served or when our country no longer needs our services. This morning I intended to have...  

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Autograph, General William D. Whipple

1864 letter written by General Whipple regarding the current state of affairs in Chattanooga, Tennessee during the winter of 1864. Comes with the original signed stamped envelope!

4 pages, 5 x 8, in ink, written by General William D. Whipple, to his wife Caroline. Comes with the original cover addressed by General Whipple in ink as follows: Mrs. Gen. W.D. Whipple, 56 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, N.Y. Partial blue military C.D.S., Chattanooga, Ten., Jan. 18/64, with 3 cents rose George Washington postage stamp (Scott #64) with blue bulls eye...  

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11th Missouri Infantry Letter

Sending the remains home of their gallant colonel who was mortally wounded at Vicksburg!

2 pages, 8 x 12 1/4, in ink, written by Lieutenant Cyrus D. Kendall, 11th Missouri Infantry.

Camp at Youngís Point, La., July 1, 1863

Mrs. Rovilla Kendall,

Dear Rovilla,

I wrote you yesterday and I told you that I was going over to Gen. Grantís Head Quarters, and that I would write as soon as I returned. Well I have returned so I will drop you a few lines as I have a few moments leisure. I did not start from...  

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Letter, Great News of Rebel Defeat at the Battle of Gettysburg and the fall of Vicksburg, Mississippi

4 pages, 5 x 8, in ink, written by J.N. McBee, to his children.

Putnam, O.[hio], July 8, 1863

Dear Children,

Yours of week before last was received on Wednesday and the letter to Harry mailed the same day. We had one from Newton about the date of yours- none from John since I wrote you last. We are well though Mother has just recovered from an attack of neuralgia. Mother & I were at Dillson Monday last from noon till night. I guess it was that cured her though she was...  

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10th Connecticut Infantry Letter

1863 Siege of Charleston

Firing on Fort Sumter

Battle of Fort Wagner, South Carolina


4 pages, 5 x 8, in pencil, written by Lieutenant Benjamin Wright, to his wife.

"on the morning of the 17th August 1863 the siege of Charleston commenced. Our batteries opened at daylight. Apparently the Rebís all the later part of the night had made up their minds something was up. Forts Johnson & Gregg fired as though they were mad. Our siege opened in fine shape fairly making things howl around [Forts] Wagner & Gregg and...  

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5th Maine Infantry Letter

Written by Major Clark S. Edwards, future Colonel of the regiment

He commanded the 5th Maine Infantry during the battle of Gettysburg!

Promoted to Brevet Brigadier General for gallant conduct during the Civil War!

1862 eight page letter with original cover signed twice by Major Edwards with excellent content defending the Army of the Potomac and citing some of their recent battles!

"we had one hundred & fifty thousand men, the finest army the world ever saw, but where is it now. The remnants are here, but the largest...  

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5th Maine Infantry Letter

Written by Captain Clark S. Edwards, future Colonel of the regiment

He commanded the 5th Maine Infantry during the battle of Gettysburg!

Promoted to Brevet Brigadier General for gallant conduct during the Civil War!

1861 letter with excellent references to the 1st Battle of Bull Run, Virginia


(1824-1903) Edwards was 37 years old when the news of the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter reached the small town of Bethel, Maine. He was high on a ladder shingling his roof and he immediately climbed down, obtained permission...  

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2nd Rhode Island Infantry Letter

Written by a soldier who was killed in action at the battle of the Wilderness, Va., in May 1864

Excellent Gettysburg campaign letter as the 2nd Rhode Island is marching through Maryland on their way to join the fight at Gettysburg!


6 pages, 5 x 8, written by Henry T. Blanchard in a very neat pencil hand to his parents. Comes with cover addressed to Mr. Horace K. Blanchard, Prov., R.I., Care of L.D. Anthony & Co., with partial Washington, D.C. postmark, with stamp cut off.

Camp near Manchester, Md., July 1st,...  

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Captured Union Officer Writes From Libby Prison, Richmond, Va.

5 x 8, in ink, written by William H. Nelson.

Libby Prison, Va., Febr. 28th, 1864

Cousin Fannie,

Yours of 30th ult. recíd yesterday. Regrets to hear of the Capt.['s] illness. For your sake am glad he is at home, but for the good of the Batt. would rather he was with it. I agree with Newlinís prediction. You write encouragingly of an exchange, but regardless, for my repugnance to slang phrases, must say canít see it yet. I would rather remain here indefinitely than to have any concessions made by the so called U.S. ...  

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