1863 Union Civil War Musician's Letter 1st Vermont Sharpshooters
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1863 Union Civil War Musician's Letter 1st Vermont Sharpshooters:
Very interesting 1-1/2 pp. Union Civil War Army Musician's letter dated Nov 4 1863, U.S.A. General Hospital, Brattleboro, Vermont, from Almon D. Griffin, Company "F," 1st Vermont Sharpshooters, to his wife, in South Hero, Grand Isle County, Vermont with original postal cover franked with contemporary US 3c Washington stamp postmarked Brattleboro VT, Nov 4 1863.
The content reads in part:
"I received your obedient letter last night and was glad to hear from you ... I am now in the Commissary Department. I will in my next [letter] send you some money. It will be impossible for me to get to Burlington, but if I am not discharged, I shall move here, for it will be seen that I shall stay most of the time until my time is out ..." He is s pround of her skill as a business woman, and that she has taken charge of the whole of his affairs." I as glad to get those discharge furloughs. I shall try to get home this month some time on a pass. will send part of those keys at a time. I can not send them today, for they are in the knapsack room and I cannot get in there until tomorrow ... Kiss the babes for me. Tell them to be goodchildren, so their father can come and see them soon... [signed] Almon D.Griffin."
Almon D. Griffin of Waterbury VT enlisted on Sep 11 1861 as a Musician, and he was mustered on Sep 13 1861 into Company "F," U.S. Volunteers 1st Sharpshooters. He deserted that unit on Mar 22 1862. On Mar 31 1863, Griffin returned to the service into Company "F," 1st Vermont Sharpshooters. He was wounded at the Battles of Chancellorsville VA on May 4 1863, and at Cold Harbor VA on Jun 12 1864. Griffin was discharged for disability on Oct 26 1864.
Our research file is included.
Both letter and envelope in good condition, letter has contemporaneous ink spot above heading
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