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1864 Civil War Union Soldier's Manuscript Letter 1st New Hampshire Cavalry For Sale
Rare and original, 1864, four page Letter manuscript Civil War Soldier's Letter sent from Camp Stoneman, Washington DC. It was written by Private Henry Field of the 1st New Hampshire Calvary, Company A.
This wonderful Civil War Soldier's Letter was written at camp Stoneman, Washington DC. and is dated May 1st, 1864. It was written by (then) Private Henry Field of the 1st New Hampshire Calvary, Company A. to his Sister. It is written on a 4 page folded letter sheet and each page measures approx. 5" x 8"; the manuscript covers the entire surface of all four pages.
Field writes of his travels with his regiment, and the tiring trip that he had just taken from Concord NH to Washington DC. He outlines his voyage which included travel by boat, train and foot. He mentions a portion of his trip while marching in Philadelphia when “The sidewalks doors and windows were filled with ladeys and children shaking hands with all they could reach” and “waiving flags and offerding us good bye”. He writes that it made him “feel like home and many were the tears that were shed by us as we passed through the street”.
Field continues, talking about how he had been unable to eat due to contracting the Mumps, and his hope that they might remain at Camp Stoneman for a bit, stating how tired they all were after coming “all the way from Phila. in baggage cars packed in like a lot of hogs”. He goes on to describe other members of his company as well as his Captain and Lieutenants favorably, and askes to receive more correspondence from home saying “I should like to here from anybody that I ever knew although I am not any homesick”.
Field concludes his letter by saying “We do not know anything when we will get our horses or arms or whether we will stay here or be ordered some where else” and “Give my love to all my friends that you may see and receive”. The letter is signed "from your brother Henry Field”.
The 1st New Hampshire Volunteer Cavalry was a cavalry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. Four companies of cavalry were organized in Concord, New Hampshire, October 24-December 21, 1861, as a battalion and attached to the 1st New England Cavalry as Companies I, K, L, and M. The regiment did not reach full strength of twelve companies until July 1864. The battalion was detached on January 7, 1864, and officially designated the 1st New Hampshire Volunteer Cavalry. The regiment was attached to the 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, Cavalry Corps, Army of the Potomac and Army of the Shenandoah, Middle Military Division, to February 1865. Cavalry, Department of the Shenandoah, to July 1865. The 1st New Hampshire Cavalry mustered out of service in July 1865. After being mustered in on March 23, 1864, Henry Field was a member of one of seven companies that were organized and ordered to Washington, D.C., April 23, 1864, where they remained at Camp Stoneman, Washington, D.C., until May 17, 1864. Henry Field mustered out of service on July 15, 1865 with the rank of Sergeant.
This very rare, original Civil War Soldier's Letter is in very good to excellent condition. The sheets are clean and crisp and the handwriting is dark and bold - neat and legible.
A rare and fascinating, original, 1864 manuscript Civil War Soldier's letter and a fantastic addition to any collection!!!
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