Item description: Letter, dated 2 February 1864, from Major N. G. Axtell, 142nd Regiment, New York Volunteers stationed at Kiawah Island, S.C., to Henry Coppee (1821-1895), author, at that time editor of the U.S. Service Magazine, offering to submit for publication sketches of the progress in the Department of the South and also a history of the siege of Charleston he was working on. Axtell said he was writing in response to the urging of his commanding officer General Truman Seymour (1824-1891), brevet brigadier general and brevet major general during the Civil War.
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Camp 142nd Regt N. Y. Vale
Kiawah Island S.C. Feb. 2nd 1864
Henry Coppee Esq;
In compliance with a strongly expressed desire of Gen. Seymour I have undertaken to furnish progress of the war in this Department; My enclosed article is meager enough, but oper-ations here are not very active at present.
When active operations are resumed I shall hope to give you something more satisfactory.
I have been for sometime gathering materials for a history of the Siege of Charleston, up to the fall of Fort Wagner.
The General also desired me to furnish these papers for your Mag-azine. If my duties allow me time to complete them in a satisfactory manner, I will forward them to you.
Your obt. svt.
N. G. Axtell
P.S. I have made several answers to meet the requirements of an order recently published, which I had overlooked.