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14 December 1862: Program for a reunion of the Forty-fifth Massachusetts Regiment, held on 14 December 1887 in Boston, Mass.

Item description: Program for a reunion of the Forty-fifth Massachusetts Regiment, held on 14 December 1887 in Boston, Mass., on the 25th Anniversary of the Battle of Kinston (N.C.) (fought on 14 December 1862).   Item citation: “Twenty-fifth anniversary of the Battle of Kinston, … Continue reading

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27 November 1862: “Thanksgiving was a great day in the barracks and a fine day outside, except for those who are on guard.”

Item description: Portions of Leaves from a Diary Written While Serving in Co. E, 44 Mass., Dep’t of No. Carolina, an account, written by John Jasper Wyeth of Co. E, of the experiences of the 44th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment (published in 1878). … Continue reading

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26 October 1862: “Most all of us came to the conclusion that North Carolina was a tough place, barren and desolate, and hardly worth the cost of fighting for it.”

Item description: Portions of Leaves from a Diary Written While Serving in Co. E, 44 Mass., Dep’t of No. Carolina, an account, written by John Jasper Wyeth of Co. E, of the experiences of the 44th Masachusetts Infantry Regiment. The book, … Continue reading

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25 October 1862: “On board these two steamers are three thousand soldiers with arms and accoutrements. We are the same as defenceless.”

Item description: Published letter, dated 25 October 1862, written by Corporal Zenas T. Haines, Company D, 44th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment. The letter is an excerpt from Haines’ account, Letters from the Forty-Fourth Regiment M.V.M.: A Record of the Experience of a … Continue reading

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24 October 1862: “Last night, about nine o’clock, we passed through Vineyard Sound, and saw the last of Old Massachusetts, of which we shall probably see nothing for nearly a year.”

Item description: Portions of “Leaves from a Diary Written While Serving in Co. E, 44 Mass., Dep’t of No. Carolina,” an account, written by John Jasper Wyeth of Co. E, of the experiences of the 44th Masachusetts Infantry Regiment. The … Continue reading

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10 April 1862: Drawing, “Passing Bridge on Trent River”

Item description: Pencil drawing, dated 10 April 1862, by Herbert Eugene Valentine of Salem, Mass.  Valentine served as a clerk in the U.S. 23rd Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, spending time in New Bern, N.C. Valentine made numerous drawings of the places … Continue reading

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18 March 1862: “I stuck to it til a vile ball struck me on my brest plate the brest plate glanced the ball away it gave me quite a clip but did not hirt me…”

Item description: Letter, 18 March 1862, from Jeremiah Stetson, from New Bern, N.C., to his wife Abbie F. “Happy” Stetson, in Hanson, Massachusetts. Jeremiah Stetson was born in Pembroke, Mass., on 27 June 1810. At the outbreak of the Civil … Continue reading

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3 March 1862: “…in hopes soon to hear that this trouble will be settled so we can go home.”

Item description: William B. Alexander was born in Plymouth, Mass., around 1832. He worked as a carpenter in Boston before enlisting with the Union Army as a second lieutenant in Company B of the 3rd Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, April 1861. … Continue reading

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20 February 1862: “…we can easily tell when a shell comes from a rifled gun as it comes whistling all sort of tunes…”

Item description: Letter from Henry L. Sturges, a Massachusetts soldier serving on the United States Navy steamer “Mount Vernon,” to an unidentified friend. At the time of the letter, the “Mount Vernon” was operating in the waters near Wilmington, N.C. … Continue reading

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21 November 1861: “1 Woolen Blanket 2.95″

Item description:  Henry K. White, 23rd Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, lists the cost of several clothing items, necessary during the onset of winter in Massachusetts. Henry K. White was mustered into the 23rd Massachusetts Infantry Regiment on 21 September 1861. He served … Continue reading

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