1st Mass. Cavalry - Strong Views About Generals - North Must Wake Up For Sale
This cavalryman pulls no punches in writing just how he feels about the poor performance of the Union generals and that the North will have to be invaded befor they wake up. WoW! Letter written by CHARLES A. LEGG, Private, 1st Mass. Cavalry. While 21 years old, Legg mustered into Co. B on May 19, 1861. In civilian life, he was a Dyer. He re-enlisted on January 1st, 1864 but not before he was taken as a POW on August 26, 1863 while on picket near Orleans, VA. He was mustered out January 29, 1865. While in the service, he was promoted to Corporal on August, 1863 and Sergeant on May, 1864. Legg was born in Boston, MA. on March 14, 1840. After the war, he became a member of GAR Post #10 (George H, Ward) in Worcester, MA. and died January 27, 1921. All this information will be included in print form along with a picture of Charles Legg (from American Civil War Data Base). Letter is approx. 7 3/4" x 10", in light pencil, signed with full signature. Paper has seperated at a couple of the folds. Some folds are in tact while others are partially or completely seperated. It looks like someone used archival tape to reinforce the seperations. In my view, that's benificial because it makes for easier reading as well as preserving the letter. This letter is probably incomplete because of the way it's written. However, it still is signed and has some great views on what the typical soldier thinks of his generals.The letter reads as follows: "I tremble for the future of our country. Look at what past thinks have arrived through the treachery and imbiselity of our commanders. Our splended armys of Virginia and the peninsular have been surely retreating until now once more we are told that they are where they are now considered safe under the protection of the thirty forts that surround the Capitol and who is to blame for our defeat in Virginia. Pope was put in command. He issued high sounding orders but, in fact, he went up like a rocket and came down like a stoneand we are told he has been relieved from his command here and sent to one in the West. He should have been sent to the devil. Another villian is McDowell. The government kept him in command until his treachery could no longer be conceled, then he was relieved. Oh, how long will this state of things be permitted by the people. Why will they not rise in one voice say that there shall be but one policy, one aim in viewand that the speedy settlement of this struggle. How long? Oh, how much longer shall whiskey, red tapeandpoliticsrule. Will the Northern people wait until Washington is taken or the free states invaded or will they look into this thing before we are informed here (but I dont know how true it is) that the rebels have invaded Pennsylvania and also that they have blown up the arch bridge on the railroad at the Belare House near Baltimore. Perhaps it is the only thing that will wake up the North to invade it, if it is so. I hope it will be done quickly. Something must be done soon or to the devil we go. Well, I have to go after forage so I must close for now. I should like to say more but I have not the time today. Fredrictown, MD Sept 15th 1862 I have an opportunity to send this letter so I will write you a fwe more lines to inform you where I am. We left our picket post at the cannal yesterday and marched to this place 25 miles. We arrived there just as the church clock was striking eight. Oh how familiar it did sound. It is the first one we have heard for nearly a year. It awakened many pleasant recollections I assure you. All I can say is we are here. How long we shall be I dont know. We have been fighting for 3 days. We are told that we are whitening them badly. The fight is amonst the mountains. It is just one week ago since the rebels passed through this place. They took everything they could lay hands on. I have not seen William as yet but they say he is near here. I hope so. I want to see him badly. This is a pretty place of wood poplar but I must close. Hoping you will write soon. Direct to Washington D.C. I remain your loving son in the army Charles A. LeggIf you would inclose halfa dozzen ppstage stampsin your next, I should be much pleased." End of Letter The "William" mentioned in the letter may have been WILLIAM H. LEGG, a 21 year old farmer who inlisted as a private in Co. C, 1st Mass. Cavalry. He died of disease on February 9, 1863 at Potomic Creek, VA.TERMS: Payment by PayPal preferred. Item will be shipped as soon as payment is deposited with PayPal. I ALWAYS leave response. International shipment will require additional postage. Please inquire before offerding. Yes, I will combine shipments under one fee. Questions are encouraged and I'll try to answer promptly.
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