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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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116th Ohio Infantry Letter

Written by an officer who was captured at Winchester, Va., and who died as a P.O.W.!

From the Libby Prison Hospital, Richmond, Virginia


1 page, 5 x 8, in ink, written by Lieutenant Levi Lupton, to his wife.

Libby Prison Hospital, March 6th, 1864

My Dear Wife,

After my love to you and the children I will just say I recd. your letter of the 17th of last mo. and was glad to hear that you were all well. It found me better than I was when I wrote last but not well. I am gaining a little every day and I...  

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116th Ohio Infantry Letter

Written by an officer who was captured at Winchester, Va., and who died as a P.O.W.!

From Libby Prison, Richmond, Virginia


1 plus pages, 4 3/4 x 8, in pencil, written by Lieutenant Levi Lupton to his wife.

Libby Prison, Aug. 14th, 1863

My Dear wife,

After my love to you I will just say that I am well and hope these few lines may find you enjoying the same blessing. I recd. a letter from you dated on the 28th of July which I answered and have not heard from you since. It is just two months today...  

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116th Ohio Infantry Letter

Written by an officer who was captured at Winchester, Va., and who died as a P.O.W.!

From Libby Prison, Richmond, Virginia


2 pages, 4 3/4 x 8, written by Lieutenant Levi Lupton to his wife.

Libby Prison, August 9th, 1863, Sabbath Morning

My Dear and loving wife,

After my love to you and the children I will inform you that I recd. a letter from you on yesterday dated on the 29th of July. I was glad to hear from you but sorry to hear that Maggy keeps so poorly but I hope that the good Lord will keep...  

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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

Rare mention of playing baseball during the Civil War!


3 1/3 pages, 5 x 8, in ink, written by Henry T. Blanchard to his brother. Comes with cover, addressed to Horace K. Blanchard, Prov., R.I., with C.D.S. Washington, D.C., Apr. 14/64, and stamp cut off.

Camp Sedgwick, April 12th, 1864

Dear Brother,

I received your kind letter with great pleasure and must ask you to excuse me for not answering it before....  

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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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2nd Rhode Island Infantry Letter

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

4 pages, 5 x 8, in ink, written by Henry T. Blanchard, to his father and mother.

Camp near Falmouth, Va., April 6, 1863

Dear Father & Mother,

I received your kind and affectionate letters last night and was happy to learn you were well, &c. My own health is very good with the exception of my left eye which I had the misfortune to get hit with a snowball last week, but it is getting well finely now, although I...  

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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

4 pages, 5 x 8, in ink, written by Henry T. Blanchard, to his father, and brother. Comes with a hand carried envelope addressed to Mr. H.K. Blanchard, Prov., R.I., to be left at L.D. Anthony & Co., West Minister St., Prov., R.I.

Camp near Falmouth, Va., Jan. 18th, 1863

Dear Father,

I received your kind letter by last nightís mail, and was happy to learn that you were all well, and also that you were prospering in...  

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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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New York City Chamber of Commerce is Offered a Submarine For Protection!

Very rare 1863 Civil War Letter written by the inventor of a submarine!


1 1/2 pages, 7 x 9, in ink, written by J.H. Pappey.

New York, March 6, 1863

Sir,

I have the honor to offer the chamber of commerce my very important & interesting invention of a submarine ship. This submarine ship can be useful for harbor defense and protecting ghost commerce, or the general commerce. My submarine ship can be constructed to go over water as well as every movement to deep below the water, and is able...  

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11th New York Cavalry Letter

Scott's 900 Regiment

4 pages, 4 3/8 x 7 1/2, in ink, written by Silas W. Baxter, to his family.

February 22nd, 1862, Camp Relief, Scottís 900

Dear Brothers, sisters and mother and Mike,

I received your letter today and was glad to hear from you and that you was all well. I am well also and enjoying the comforts of camp life with plenty to eat and drink and a soft fine board to sleep on and one blanket. We have more clothing than we know what to do with. There was a man stole all of my citizenís clothes...  

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1861 Field Report to Colonel Charles P. Stone Commanding the Potomac Expedition

From Colonel Henry L. Cake, 25th Pennsylvania Infantry

Cake served as a U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania after the war


7 3/4 x 12, in ink.

25th Regt. Pa. Vols. In route

Darnestown, July 1, 1861

Col. Stone,

Com.[manding] Potomac Exp.[edition]

Sir:

Five companies of this regiment numbering [?] officers and men arrived here at 10 A.M. having marched from Rockville this morning. We arrived at Rockville yesterday at noon and as some of our teams exhibited...  

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100th New York Infantry Letter

4 pages, 7 3/4 x 9 3/4, in ink, written by Captain Charles E. Waldbridge.

Folly Island, S.C., May 20/63

Dear George,

Yesterday we were favored with a mail again. I received yours of the 5th & 6th and also Minnieís letter. Thank you for your congratulations and good wishes, also for your "report of the finances." It seems that you now have $200 in 7/30, $300 in 5/20, besides your own indebtedness of $80- besides a trifling balance. Do you observe that this is just about the amount I made in trade last summer? If...  

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