Civil War Letters: New York
34th Regiment New York Infantry – Letter from Philip Crewell – “ALL YOU CAN HEAR A SOLDIER SAY IS ONWARD TO VICTORY AND STRIKE THE DEATHBLOW TO THIS CURSED REBELLION.”, “AND ALL THE SOLDIER WANTS IS REVENGE. THAT’S ALL HE LOOKS FOR.”, “WE ARE HERE LIKE CLOUDS ON THE SKY, AND OUR CAMPFIRES ARE LIKE STARS IN THE HEAVENS.”
Letter Describing One of the Last Battles in the Civil War – April 9th, 1865 the Battle of Dingle’s Mill in S.C. (The same date that Lee was surrendering at Appomattox C. H.) – Jonathan E. Pillsworth, Co. A, 56th New York Infantry Describes the Action. They fought along with the famous 54th Mass. Black Regiment! You have got to see the photo of the politically “incorrect” historical marker we found!
82nd New York Infantry Letter, Peninsula Campaign – “ONE OR TWO HAS BEEN BROUGHT IN WITH THEIR THROATS CUT FROM EAR TO EAR AND STRIPPED OF CLOTHING.” “THE ENEMY BEFORE LEAVING PLANTED A NUMBER OF TORPEDOES AND TRIED TO DESTROY US IN THAT WAY”
Great Description of the Work that Berdan Sharp Shooter “California Joe” did in Yorktown, Virginia in Killing the Enemy – Capt. Harry C. Fay, Co. H 92nd N.Y. Infantry, Yorktown, Va. July 6, 1862
Col. John S. Crocker of the 93rd New York Infantry Writes from Salisbury Prison in N.C. – Great Content Including being Forced to “Draw Lots” for Prisoners to be Placed as Hostages
Sergt. George J. Sager of the 149th New York Infantry Writes Home & Draws a Full-Page Illustration, “This is the way we are now suffering for ‘Our Country” (Getting Stuck in the Mud while Marching!)