Daily Archives: 6 Jul ’11

6 July 1861: “I am enjoying good health, am surrounded with a good many friends and consider it an honor to fight and die if needs be in the defence of the Union.”

Item description: Letter, 6 July 1861, from William Ray Wells, private in the 12th New York Infantry Regiment (“Onondaga Regiment”), to his sister. Wells writes from his regiment’s encampment near Washington, D.C. He reports optimistically, “I do not expect to … Continue reading

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