Offering two unrelated Civil War letters, both with original covers, by Privates in the Michigan 1. One of our soldiers was wounded in the Battle of Chancellorsville and the other speaks of fraternizing with Rebels on his regiments breastworks. The 26th REGIMENT MASSACHUSETTS VOLUNTEER INFANTRY.
Completed its organization on September 23, 1861. During the following April, after Farraguts fleet had opened in the lower Mississippi, the 26. Occupied Forts Jackson and St.It later moved up to New Orleans, where it remained doing guard and provost duty until the following summer. The regiment saw its first combat service at La Fourche Crossing, 60 miles west of New Orleans, when the Confederates were moving toward Brashear City. Five companies were attacked on June 21, 1863. The assailants were repulsed with severe loss but the 26. Lost only five with eight being wounded. The regiment also fought at Winchester, VA, and the Battle of Cedar Creek. Was organized on April 29, 1861 with an enrollment of nearly 800 soldiers and had extraordinary service. Was engaged at Gaines Mill, Peach Orchard, Savage Station, Turkey Bend, Harrisons Landing, Gainesville, White Oak, Malvern Hill, Chancellorsville, Fredericksburg, Bristol Station, Brandy Station, Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Appomattox Court House, Petersburg, Hatchers Run, Virginia; Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; Williamsport, Maryland.
Enlisted in the Michigan 1. Infantry on November 12, 1861. He was wounded at Chancellorsville on May 5, 1863 and transferred out on January 1, 1864. 2 pp, 4 ¾ x 7 ½, Camp near Fredericksburg, March 11, 1863, to his sister.I have just got through cleaning up for inspectionI got two Detroit papers and a Statesman the same time I got the ledger and I will send it to you as I read themYou said George Granger read. I could get my discharge if I went right to work. Tell him I dont know everything about itOn the 5. Of this month, I got the box.
Everything was niceHenry is getting all right againFrankis [in] a good place for him. I would like to see him down here and go through two or three good battles. On November 12, 1862, as a Private and was mustered out on November 7, 1864. 3 pp, ALS, 5 x 8, Camp near Petersburg, VA, February 5, to Mary Tenney of Byfield, MA.
I have written two letters and have not received any answered from you. I suppose you have not got them.
You must not think I have forgotten you. We are at the same old place and as dangerous as ever.
I hope that God will spare our life to return home to our mothers and fathers so that we can go to Sabbath School. It makes us feel unhappy to have bells ringing in Petersburg Sunday and we cannot get them to go. You must excuse my writing and not writing a long letter. The Rebels are coming into our lines every nightThe Rebels last Monday and Friday got on the top of those Breastworksand our men got on our Breastworks and we had a good time talking with the enemyOne party fighting for right and the other for wrong.
The Rogers letter is complete but the bottom portion of the last sheet has been removed, which was typical to save paper. The Failing letter has some chipping at the bottom, away from the text. Very nice covers with stamps included with both letters. Our goal is to please every customer. We are pleased to be members of The Manuscript Society, Universal Autograph Collectors Club and The Ephemera Society.The item "Two Civil War Letters MA, MI Rebs, Union Soldiers Fraternize at Petersburg" is in sale since Wednesday, December 20, 2017. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Civil War (1861-65)\Original Period Items\Correspondence, Mail". The seller is "bminnocci6mtm" and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped worldwide.