Oct 1861 Civil War 14th New York Letter ~ Mcclellan Pens In Rebels From 3 Sides
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Oct 1861 Civil War 14th New York Letter ~ Mcclellan Pens In Rebels From 3 Sides:
Offered here is an interesting Civil War soldier letter written by Corporal Robert H. Hubbel of Company K, 14th New York Volunteers. The letter describes the situation that Hubbel and his regiment found themselves in in October, 1861, facing off against what they believed to be a very strong Rebel host in the vicinity of Fairfax, Virginia. Hubbel has aninterestingcomment about the Rebels being caught in General George B. McClellan's trap, in which he drew an "R" for Rebel in the center of a triangle, surrounded by "Union" forces on all three sides.The letter reads:
Oct 14th 18615 or 6 Miles from Fairfax [Virginia]
Dear ParentsI received the letters sent and was pleased to hear all were well. we have again made an advance and are now about to make another. laying between here and Fairfax are some 15 or 20,000 Rebels and we are hourly expecting an attack because they now have to fight or surrender as they are situated, Gen McClellan says, in this shape [see closeup of triangle formation above] and cannot get out unless they fight out on either one of those sides. We were call by long Roll night before last and also last night. our Reg is now on Picket about 1 1/2 miles from here and the enemy is plainly seen with a glass from a House top that is near our camp so a fight may occur any time. You speak of being comfortably situated. if when we get settled on some place I write. you may send a Blanket as the one we get is rather small but I cannot tell you at present where to send, and if you direct as you do our letters, it might never arrive as [there is] no expression to this place. So do not send at present a quilt will do.
I am now called on guard and will have to close with love to all. I will write every place we stop and let you know I am well.
from your SonR A Hubbel
The letter is written on two sides of 4 3/4" x 8" Columbia patriotic stationery sheet which was removed at the left margin from a standard bifolium sheet.The paper is in excellent, sturdy condition, not stiff, and not particularly delicate. There are two horizontal creases at the locations of original folds. Very little wear to edges and corners.
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