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.
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 Mass. as usual. I am still at these Hd. Qtrs. Brevet Major General Jos. J. Bartlett is in command now. If you should desire, the bearer will bring up a package for the 32nd [Mass.]. If you have one of those nice quilts to spare you may loan it to me, or if you will take pay for it, & if so you can send it by the bearer. Do not send it unless you have one to spare. When you come this way call and see me. I shall be glad to see you at any time, and when I visit City Point I will call on you.
From your friend,
Capt. & A.A.A.G.
P.S. Just as I was closing up my letter I received a large package from you. I will see that it gets to the 32nd [Mass.].
Very neatly written letter from this Massachusetts officer who was wounded at Gettysburg in 1863, and at Laurel Hill, Va. in 1864. Very desirable.
Ezra S. Farnsworth, was a 32 year old broker from Newton, Mass., when he enlisted on July 14, 1862, as a 1st sergeant, and was mustered into Co. K, 32nd Massachusetts Infantry. He was promoted to 2nd lieutenant, March 19, 1863; was wounded in action at Gettysburg, July 2, 1863;** wounded in action on May 12, 1864, at the battle of Laurel Hill, Va.; promoted to 1st lieutenant, June 15, 1864; promoted to captain, July 20, 1864; promoted to brevet major, April 9, 1865; discharged from the service, May 30, 1865.
The recipient of this letter was the Reverend James Eastwood, a Chaplain at City Point, Va., who served as part of the Soldiers Mission of the Massachusetts Universalist Convention. Eastwood supplied the troops with not only religious material, but also "comfort bags" containing much needed personal items which made him extremely popular with the men.
*Farnsworth had been convalescing in Massachusetts after having been wounded for the second time in the war, this coming on May 12, 1864, during the battle of Laurel Hill, Va.
**During the second day's battle at Gettysburg, Pa., on July 2, 1863, the 32nd Massachusetts Infantry was heavily engaged while supporting the 3rd Corps in the Devil's Den area. Out of the 227 men that went into action that day, the 32nd Mass. lost 81 men, 22 of whom were either killed or mortally wounded.
The 32nd Massachusetts Infantry saw action at the battles of 2nd Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Bristoe Station, Mine Run, the Wilderness, North Anna River, Shady Grove Church Road, Bethesda Church, Va., Petersburg, Weldon Railroad, Poplar Springs Church, Cedar Creek, Hatcher's Run, and Five Forks, Va.