Civil War Letters: Pennsylvania

Civil War Letters: Pennsylvania


11th Pa. Cavalry – Sgt. Edgar J. Pierce Writes from Hagerstown, Md. Concerning the Confederate Raid on Chambersburg, Pa. & Capturing the Invaders – “WE HAD A FREIGHT TRAIN OF 21 CARS LOADED WITH THE WRETCHES. THEY HAD STOLEN EVERYTHING YOU WILL FIND IN A COUNTRY STORE”


Fredericksburg Battle Letter Written by Ellis C. Strouss, Co. K, 57th Pa. Infantry


57th PA. Infantry – Thomas C. Zahniser Gives a Great, Graphic Description of the Start of the Peninsula Campaign – “THEIR LIMBS WERE TORN FROM THEM AND THEIR ENTRAILS WERE HANGING OUT.”


Soldier’s Letter – Headquarters 76th Pennsylvania Volunteers, Hilton Head, S.C., October 2, 1862 – Endorsed by Col. N. W. Brown, Commanding the Post at Hilton Head & by Major General Ormsby M. Mitchel (Signed 28 days before he died!)

96th Pa. Infantry Letter Written After Gettysburg by Daniel Faust – “AT GETTYSBURG… WE WENT DOUBLE QUICK IN THE FIGHT, AND I FEEL I COULD RUN RIGHT THROUGH THE REBELS.”


99th Pa. Infantry – William J. Dougall Describes Battles at Auburn, Bristow Station, Fairfax Court House, Bull Run, and best of all, A BULLET GOING THROUGH “THAT RED PATCH… ON THE TOP OF THE CAP” (Corps Badge: 3rd Corps, 1st Division, Red Diamond)

100th Pa. Soldier E. F. S. Pinkerton Writes Home on His Way by Ship to South Carolina. “Thought our vessel was gone forever”… He Survived but 9 Months Later Drowned When His Ship Went Down on the Potomac River! “We got lots of Negros as captives. They like it first rate, they know they are free. I will send you a piece of cotton as it grows here.” – And it is enclosed!


116th PA. Infantry “Irish” – Action at Bristoe Station – Great Escape Story… Chased by Rebels


  Letter from the “Flagship Philadelphia” Charleston Harbor, July 22nd  1864 – Daniel Spangler Describes the Hand to Hand Combat of the Black Troops (54th  Mass.) in their Famous Assault on Fort Wagner (As Shown in the Movie Glory)

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