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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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UL2038

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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UL2037

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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10th Connecticut Infantry Letter

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

Camp 10th Regt. C.[onnecticut] V.[olunteers], Morris Island, [S.C.], Aug. 10th, 1863

My Dear Abbie,

This is an oppressively hot day, the sweat is pouring off me like rain. I came down off picket this morning early, washed up and put on some clean clothes. When we went out it was understood we were only to stay five days. Our time in that case would be up tomorrow night, but we hear we are going to stay five days more. If we do have to I...  

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UL2026

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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UL2025

Letter Written by a Soldier in the 32nd Ohio Infantry

On a very rare patriotic letter sheet with Union gunboats and a quote from the Rebel newspaper, The Richmond Dispatch

2 pages, 4 3/4 x 7 1/2, in ink, and signed with regimental identification.

There is a battle scene at the top of the letter sheet with Union ironclad gunboats bombarding a Confederate fort. Includes the following imprint: "There is no disaster of the present war which it is so difficult to bear with any degree of patience or philosophy, as the almost uniform success of the enemy's gunboats on our land batteries....  

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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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UL2002

32nd Massachusetts Infantry Letter

Written by an officer wounded in action during the battle of Gettysburg!

1 1/2 pages, 7 3/4 x 9 3/4, in ink, written by Captain Ezra S. Farnsworth, to Chaplain James Eastwood.

Head Quarters, 3d Brigade, 1st Div., 5th Corps, March 10th, 1865, Near Hatcher's Run, Va.

Friend Eastwood,

I arrived from Mass.[achusetts] on the 1st day of March and here I am ready for action again.* I should have called and seen you on my return if I had had time, but I did not have the time. Everything seems about the same in...  

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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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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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