Monthly Archives: June 2013

30 June 1863: “the difficult feat of marching 30 miles in one day”

Item description: Diary entry, 30 June 1863, written by Levi J. Fritz, describing his regiment’s march toward the Battle of Gettysburg. Fritz served in the 53rd Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment during the Civil War and wrote the regiment’s song, “My 53rd.”. … Continue reading

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29 June 1863: “I expect their is men in the North that hardly knows their is a war let them come to dixsey they will see different…”

Item Description:  Letter dated 29 June 1863, from Elias Brady to his wife, Martha Gass Brady.  Elias Brady of Warren County, Ind., enlisted as a musician in Company D, 86th Indiana Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Army of the Cumberland, in August … Continue reading

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28 June 1863: “This campaign is pregnant with great events & how or when or where it will end, is with Gen Lee & our God.”

Item Description: Letter, 28 June 1863, from Second Lieutenant Leonidas L. Polk to his wife. Leonidas La Fayette Polk (1837-1892) of Anson County, N.C., was a planter; editor; merchant; Confederate officer in the 26th and 43rd North Carolina infantry regiments; Democrat and … Continue reading

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27 June 1863: “People strong Unionist and looked mad and sullen at our appearance a great many closed doors”

Item Description: Diary entry by Thomas Ware of the 15th Georgia Infantry Regiment.  In his entry, he describes the towns of Greencastle and Chambersburg, PA as the Confederates march through during the Gettysburg Campaign.  He also describes pillaging of the … Continue reading

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26 June 1863: “We can do nothing but keep in doors and kill time as well as we can.”

Item description: In this diary entry, 26 June 1863, Scott Peters,  who served with Company A, Third Missouri Cavalry Regiment, Confederate Army, described the monotony of prison life. Peters was wounded and captured at the Battle of Champion Hill on … Continue reading

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25 June 1863: “So far we have lived very good in the enemy’s country.”

Item Description: Diary entry, 25 June 1863, written by Louis Leon, a Confederate soldier in the North Carolina Infantry. In it, Leon describes the town of Carlisle, PA, and his regiment’s march to Gettysburg. Item Citation: From the Diary of a Tar … Continue reading

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24 June 1863: “It was said that many marched until they fell dead…”

Item description: Letter, dated 24 June 1863, from Andrew J. Proffit to his father, William Proffit. He discusses troop movements in Virginia and his own health, and mentions the story of a two-headed calf born in Fredericksburg. Item citation: From … Continue reading

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23 June 1863: “Glorious news this morning from Vicksburg. Grant has been driven off …”

Item description: Letter, dated 23 June 1863, from John A. Ramsay to an unidentified recipient.  In this letter Ramsay discusses troop movements in Virginia and injuries from the Battle of Brandy Station, as well as news from the Battle of … Continue reading

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22 June 1863: “We are going into Pennsylvania is the general impression part of our troops are in Maryland now.”

Item description: John Caldwell served in Co. E, 33rd Regiment, North Carolina Troops. In this letter, dated 22 June 1863, Jonny tells his father about his unit’s movement through Virginia. Caldwell believes they are headed towards Pennsylvania. Item citation: From … Continue reading

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21 June 1863: “I have hurd news that I am surprised at. I have hurd that you thought of geting mared to a man a bout 40 years old.”

Item Description: Letter, dated 21 June 1863, from Eldridge B. Platt to his sister Adelaide E. Platt. Eldridge B. Platt (b. 1847) enlisted as a drummer in the 2nd Connecticut Light Battery on 12 August 1862. By 11 November 1862, he was … Continue reading

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