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20 October 1861: “Those socks I need also more than any thing else.”

Item description: Letter, dated 26 August 1861, from William Ray Wells (12th New York Infantry Regiment, “Onondaga Regiment”) to his sister, Mary S. Hall, in Tully, N.Y. In his letter, Wells suggests a few things that his sister may send to … Continue reading

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19 August 1861: “If we are to winter near the Potomac, I think I will certainly need flannel drawers, but not until the winter-season fairly sets in.”

Item description: In this letter of 19 August 1861 to his family, Charles Woodward Hutson comments on the large number of cases of typhoid fever and other ailments plaguing his fellow soldiers, noting, “too many suffer from a disease still … Continue reading

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1 August 1861: “Oh, Pidge, I do want to see you awfully, but won’t we be happy when Old Lincoln dies & the war is over.”

Item description: Letter, 1 August 1861, from Edward Porter Alexander to his wife Bettie. Alexander updates his wife on his situation in the weeks following the Battle of First Bull Run: he comments further on his promotion, notes the receipt … Continue reading

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