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2 May 1862: “I have some bad news to send, one of my Co. has been shot & 3 taken prisoners.”

Item description: Letter, 2 May 1862, from William B. Alexander, captain in Company E of the 23rd Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, to his wife, Mary F. Alexander. He writes from New Bern, N.C., newly occupied by the Union Army. Alexander relates … Continue reading

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25 March 1862: “the Generall in Command (Gen Branch) gave orders when he retreated to burn the City & set fires in severall places but the people who did not leave got out the engines & put out the fires.”

Item description: This is the third in a series of four letters, which were written in 1862 by William B. Alexander to his wife Mary F. Alexander.  In this letter, Alexander writes describing his the wound he received during the Battle … 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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