Civil War NY 17th Infantry Corporal Dies Of Disease; Regiment In Many Battles For Sale
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Civil War NY 17th Infantry Corporal Dies Of Disease; Regiment In Many Battles:
The New York 17th Infantry was involved in the Siege of Yorktown, Seven Days’ Battle, White House, Gen. Pope’s Campaigns, Bull Run, Antietam, near Sheperdstown, VA, Fredericksburg, Richards Ford, Chancellorsville.
Corporal WEBSTER S. TEALL enlisted in the 17th on August 19, 1863, in New York City as a Private. At some point, he was promoted to Corporal. Teall died of disease on Decatur, less than a month after he wrote the letter offered here.
4 pp, 5 x 8, Decatur, Alabama, June 26, 1864, to his cousin. In part, “…You feel disappointed because I did not come to see you. After I enlisted, I had to go to the camp on Staten Island and it was very hard to get a pass. I had one or two passes but then I was on recruiting service and was very busy…I often think of home and all its comforts and would like to see you all very greatly, but I know I cannot till this war is over or my term of service expires…I have had a few bullets…I am always happy to receive papers or letters from my kind friend…The picnics we have tell all are working on fortifications and breastworks. I have one of the best places in the regiment…but the worst in battle. I have no guard or picket duty or fatigue…We may receive orders to march in ten minutes and we might not march in a year. We must be prepared any minute to march or fight. I have been in no battles so far but I hope to be in one before I come home…”
Folds, toning and some foxing. Very readable.
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