Civil War Letter 52nd Massachusetts James W. Knowlton For Sale
A 4-page ink letter from Baton Rouge, Louisiana March 22, 1863
At this time the writer is in the hospital with a lame elbow
"......Pretty much the whole army is back in its old place. Some say it is to move again soon but we cannot tell. It looks a little as though they meant to burn this place. They are moving the stores onto the levee and all confiscated property they are sending to New Orleans and also those of the sick who are not likely to get well soon.There has been a great quantity of cotton and corn taken since the army started. It is said enough to pay the expenses of the expedition......Have they made a call for more men. I hope not. I hope they will close up this war and not callout any more men. I have seen several men from our regiment today. They say they had an awful hard time one night. After marching all day they stopped at nine all sweaty and had to camp without any blankets and the next nightthe mud was half knee deep and they had to lay right down in it. They were very tired and footsore when they got back here. Most of the officers and men have got about sick of it......JWK".
This is the last letter from a small group ofletters from this soldier. Some letters he signed in full and some just with his initials as is the case here.
Clean letter in excellent condition. Ships folded as found.
James W. Knowlton was a 23year old farmer from Gill, Massachusetts when he enlisted as a Private in the 52nd Massachusetts PAYMENT DUE WITHIN 3 DAYS OF MY INVOICE
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Civil War Letter 52nd Massachusetts James W. Knowlton: $45