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Civil War Soldiers and Writing:

Civil War Soldiers and Writing Information found at website of Gettysburg National Park

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The arrival of mail played a large part in the soldier's life. Letters from home were critical to boost soldier morale, although there never seemed to be enough news from home or about the war. For those who could write, letter writing was a common pastime. Mail was uncensored. Letters contained military information as well as many personal feelings and words from the heart. Writing was the only means of contact with family and friends. It was a good way to maintain morale. Although writing materials were sometimes hard to come by, the effort was always worth it, if it generated a letter from home. Journals, diaries and letters connect us directly to the soldiers who wrote them during their days in camp, on the march, and in battle.

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Blood-stained diary of Alfred S. Rowe, Company C, 6th Maryland Volunteer Infantry. Shows passage of a bullet through the top. Paper, leather. L 14.6, W 7.5, T 1.0 cm Gettysburg National Military Park, GETT 7304

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A soldier addressed this patriotic envelope to Miss Amanda Terwilliger of Erie County, New York. Paper. W 14, H 8 cm. Gettysburg National Military Park, GETT 27630

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A colorful Lady Liberty envelope was addressed to Willowby Pot of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 'in haste.' Paper. L 14 cm, H 8 cm Gettysburg National Military Park, GETT 27703

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Pen used by William Grinstead , Surgeon of Volunteers, Union Army. L 16.5 cm, Diam 1.5 cm Gettysburg National Military Park, GETT 31127A, GETT 31127B

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Group in front of Post Office Tent at Army of the Potomac Headquarters Photograph by Timothy H. O'Sullivan April 1863 Library of Congress, LC-B817- 7396

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Unique design for a diary that used thin sheets of ivory that fold out like a fan. The diary had a sheet for every day of the week that allowed the owner to keep pencilled notes for the week. Ivory. Closed L 8, W 4 cm. Gettysburg National Military Park, GETT 28219

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Love Letter from J. Whaley to James Cariker May 9, 1862 This letter was found with letter GETT 40389. It was picked up on the Battlefield near Middletown by Jacob Bechtel. The letter is transcribed as follows: To Mr. James Cariker Dear Sir I avail myself of the optunity of writing you a few lines to inform you that I am well at present and I do hope that those few lines will find you injoying the same blessing. Jim I received your letter and it was received with a very glad welcome by mee . Jim I am very sory to hear that you did not get a letter. I written to you some time ago. Jim I oftimes think of you and think if I shal ever see you again on earth. you muse write. I like to her from you if I cant see you. Jim you said that thir was some one their that I loved better than you. You must not think that. How can that be when you are the hold power of my harte . I am true to you for I cant love no other one but you. Jim do you sufore . I wold have a man that wold not for his rits I never expect to mary till war break and you get home again. Think think of me Jim and write to me agin soon. Brother William and Malissea is well you must write I must close remember mee till deth your very respectfully from your trulove . Meiss . J. Whaley Paper. L 16.0, W 10.3 cm Gettysburg National Military Park, GETT 40390

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