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Two Patriotic Letter Sheets… for the Price of One! ($110) – George W. Wood of the 72nd New York Infantry Sent Home Letters in “Diary” Form.  These two have some interesting content regarding POINT LOOK OUT



Wood’s first letter is dated April 1862 and he writes it from a transport vessel he is on.  Here is the content:

  • April 1862 Tuesday 8th On board U.S. Transport Elm City of Liverpool.  I sent the memorandum home yesterday to state till Monday 12 p.m. after which it was very rainy and snowy. The ground more covered with snow this morning. It is a very stormy day and I am in good quarters.
  • It is as dry and warm as you can be here in the lower cabin. There is about 500 men in this cabin. The Brigade is not boarded yet. The 1st Regt. is embarking on board the Steamer State of Maine. It is said that Yorktown is captured.  
  • Wednesday 9th. Day is very stormy. There is general boats gone down the river today with schooners and barges in tow. We weighed anchor at 3 p.m. and dropped anchor at 6 p.m. of Tobacco Creek, a distance of about 20 miles down the river where we stayed all night. The night was stormy.
  • Thursday 10th. When I arose and went to the deck this morning, I found the Va. and Md. hills covered with snow. We weighed anchor at 6 a.m. and this boat steamed down the river nobly with 2 barges and 2 schooners in tow. The scenery along the river was beautiful. It cleared off about 10 a.m. and it was quite pleasant in the sun out of the wind.
  • WE ANCHORED AT 1 P.M. OFF POINT LOOKOUT, ABOUT 100 MILES FROM BALTIMORE AND 100 MILES FROM FORTRESS MONROE. WHEN WE ARRIVED THERE, I FOUND THE SOUTH AMERICA, STEER, STATE OF MAINE, AND 3 GUNBOATS ANCHORED THERE. IT WAS TOO ROUGH TO GO OUTSIDE OF THE POINT WITH VESSELS IN TOW. POINT LOOKOUT IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE OF RESORT IN THE SUMMER. IT IS AT THE MOUTH OF THE POTOMAC AND AT THE FOCAL OF THE CHESAPEAKE BAY. IT HAS SEVERAL FINE BUILDINGS ON IT AND A LIGHT HOUSE.
  • THE POINT EXTENDS ABOUT 3 MILES OUT IN WATER. IT IS FROM A 1/4 TO A 1/2 MILE WIDE. THE STATE OF MAINE LEFT ANCHORAGE ABOUT AT DUSK FOR FORTRESS MONROE. AS THE BAY GOT CALMER, THE 1ST REGT. IS ON BOARD OF HER. PREVIOUS TO HER STARTING, SHE THREW UP 3 ROCKETS AS SIGNALS. WHEN SHE PASSED US, SHE GAVE SICKLES 3 CHEERS AND COL. NELSON TAYLOR AT PRESENT COMMANDING BRIGADE. THIS BOAT STARTED 1/2 HOUR AFTERWARD.
  • THE BAND PLAYED SOME NICE TUNES. AS WE WERE SAILING ON THE BAY THE MOON SHONE BRIGHTLY ON THE WATERS. The boat rocked considerable so that my head began to reel, so I spread my blanket and went to sleep.
  • I wish you would have this wrote over again. What I write with a pencil and when I get some ink, I will write it with ink. I want it wrote with ink so as to preserve it. Number the pages too. 

JANUARY 1863

  • Mon. 12th Marked quarters by the doctor.
  • Tues. 13th Marked quarters by the doctor, worked at the commissaries from 2 to 6.
  • Wed. 14th Marked quarters by the doctor, worked at the Brig. Commissaries all day. At night the man gave me 1 lb. coffee, 1/2 lb. tea, 3 qts. dried apples, 5 lb. sugar, 4 lb. flour, 1 canteen of molasses, all for helping 172 days to work on a log house.
  • Thurs. 15th Marked quarters, the doctor told me he could not cure my sores so I WENT TO SEE 1 OF THE MEN OF MY CO. WHICH DIED LAST NIGHT AT THE BRIGADE HOSPITAL, and there I saw Doctor Irwin and requested my discharge of him. He told me to go to my Commandant of Co. which was Charles Haydon, 1st Lieut., and that I must have him make out my papers for a discharge and he would sign it. I did so and after he signed them, he told me to go to the Medical Director with the papers. I done so. The MD gave me a close inspection after which he said that’s all, leave your papers here. From his looks I judge that I will get my discharge. The papers have to go through several different hands before they are returned to me.
  • Fri. 16th Marked quarters.
  • Sat. 17th Marked quarters.
  • Sun. 18th Marked quarters. The Regt. got paid off today, but I did not get my pay because I was not here when the men were mustered in.
  • Mon. 19th Marked quarters.
  • Tues. 20th Marked duty by Doctor Irwin. THE ORDERS WAS OUT THIS MORNING TO PREPARE FOR A MARCH ACROSS THE RAPPAHANNOCK AGAIN THAT WE ARE ON THE EVE OF BATTLE AND THAT OUR LATE VICTORIES IN NORTH CAROLINA AND ELSEWHERE HAD WEAKENED THEIR FORCES, SO AT FREDERICKSBURG, THAT WE COULD BE ABLE TO EFFECT AN ENTRANCE THERE. I started with the Regt. at 9 a.m. and we marched 1 mile, and at 9 at night we countermarched back to camp. THE WHOLE OF BURNSIDES’ ARMY WAS ON THE MARCH.
  • Wed. 21st The Regt. had orders to commence the march at 9 a.m. When I awoke I found the tent flooded with water, but it did not reach our bunks, so I went to the doctor and asked him to excuse me from going. He did so on account of my legs. It rained yesterday and is raining now. The Regt. started at 9 a.m. and went over 12 miles and bivouacked in the woods. It is very muddy so that it is impossible to do much fighting. THE WHOLE OF BURNSIDES’ ARMY ARE STUCK FAST IN THE MUD.

Not sure where the rest of Wood’s “diary” is.  What you are buying are two pretty patriotics and a nice description of Point Lookout.  Note that he does not “sign” either, but they came from his memoirs. 

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