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1862 Union Private Miles L. Smith, 10th Connecticut, 4 Page Handwritten Letter For Sale

1862 Union Private Miles L. Smith, 10th Connecticut, 4 Page Handwritten Letter

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1862 - PRIVATE MILES L. SMITH, COMPANY K, 10TH CONNECTICUT VOLUNTEERS - 4 PAGE HANDWRITTEN LETTER WITH POSTMARKED HAND-ADDRESSED ENVELOPE

“FIGHT LIKE A MAN FOR THE STARS AND STRIPES!" 4 page hand-written letter to his father - by the same name - by Union Private Miles L. Smith, Company K, 10th Connecticut Volunteers. Written while fighting on St. Helena Island, South Carolina on March 25, 1862, as the 10th Connecticut fought its way through the Carolina outer banks with the ultimate destination to lay siege to Charleston, South Carolina. In part the letter reads "…we are way down south in dixie encamped in a cotton field on St. Helena's Island. I have seen quite a number of the 6th Conn. Vols…you spoke of the 15 Conn. reg. coming down here…what do the folks think about the war at the north…they will have to come yet…why don't you go and fight like a man for the stars and stripes and for your country…at home there is plenty of young men that because they have got a sick father they can't go…that shows what their patriotism is…there is 7 monitors here. They are going to be something done before long to Charleston…". A fascinating and very patriotic letter.

The envelope is addressed to Private Miles’ father, “Miles L. Smith, 19 Park Street, N Haven, Ct. [New Haven, Connecticut] and was postmarked from Milford, Connecticut before being delivered. The trenches did not have post offices and the ability to postmark. The handwritten letter is lightened with age though still very legible. We will show the pages as they are and then we will darken the pages so that you can see them very clearly. Private Miles L. Smith rose to a Sergeant and was wounded and discharged and reclassified as a Veteran on October 29, 1864, and then he returned to his home in New Haven, Connecticut. Of special interest to us is that the 19 Park Street address still exists and is now in the midst of the huge Yale University Medical Complex. You can view it clearly online. We think quite fascinating.

The 10th Connecticut Regiment Infantry was one of Connecticut's most successful Civil War regiments, compling an exemplary record of service in the Union Army. The 10th Regiment saw action in the coastal campaign during the early years of the war, which culminated with the siege of Charleston. The 10th went on to fight the trench battles of Richmond, earning praise from Union generals and Ulysses S. Grant. The 10th was active at the war’s very end, when they blocked Robert E. Lee’s attempt to escape from Virginia. And, the 10th was present at Appomattox Court House when Lee surrendered to Grant. All told, the 10th regiment fought in twenty three battles and at least as many skirmishes. The 10th Connecticut Regiment Infantry was originally formed from the 10th Connecticut Volunteers. After the Union loss at the first Battle of Bull Run, in the summer of 1861, volunteers poured into the Union army ranks. In September, members of the 10th regiment started arriving at Camp Buckingham in Hartford. Members of the 10th regiment came from Connecticut towns large and small, including, Hartford, New Haven, Derby, Manchester, Sprague, New London, Stamford and Greenwich. After a few months at Camp Buckingham, the 10th regiment headed down to Annapolis, M.D. for additional training before joining General Burnside’s North Carolina Expedition to blockade vital Confederate ports. After taking Roanoke Island, the next Union objective was to move up the Neuse River and attack a Confederate position at Newbern, North Carolina, a strategic coastal town, west of the Outer Banks. On the morning of March 13, General Burnside ordered the entire brigade to advance on the Confederate position. The Confederates had established a long line of impressive defensive fortifications manned by 7,000 soldiers and a large number of heavy artillery. Here, a heavy and sustained rifle fire from the Tenth Connecticut weakened parts of the Confederate line. This allowed the 8th Connecticut and 4th Rhode Island troops to charge and begin the rout of the enemy forces. Newbern was soon under Union control. In his report, General Foster praised the men of the Tenth, writing, "...(the Tenth) advanced..., in line of battle, fired with the most remarkable steadiness,..., giving and taking the most severe fire.” -- borrowed with much thanks from E-History and Wikipedia and edited for brevity and relevance and focused on the time of war when this letter was written by Private Miles.







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