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    Lt. Calvin Pierce Autograph Letter Signed with Vicksburg Campaign Content. Five pages of a bifolia, 5" x 8", Richmond, Louisiana; April 12, 1863. In this letter addressed to his sweetheart, Cordeal, Pierce discusses the Union's movements towards North Carthage, their stops at plantation homes along the Mississippi river, and his injury from Chickasaw Bayou. It reads in part: "...we leave here in the morning for Carthage I expect, which is situated below Vicksburgh on this side of the River there is a force of Rebels there now. If they don't skedaddle we shall have to parole them...we stopped at several nice plantations rowing our Boats right up to the doors of the Houses. I went into one where the Owners had all deserted leaving one or two old darkies there. The house was furnished splendidly. They had a very large fine Library. I borrowed one or two Books to read we having but little reading matter in the camp. A large amount of stuff gets borrowed in the same way, but never is returned. The company borrowed some 50 or more chickens and Turkeys from one Plantation, to be returned when the war closes if we don't forget about it...I have some fear that my hurt with a Rifle Ball at the Vicksburgh fight is going to be of a more serious nature than I at first supposed. I didn't deem it hardly worth mentioned at first but it sprained...the bone so that it troubles me in marching yet..." Signed, "Calvin."

    Calvin Pierce (1833-1904) joined Company G of the 42nd Ohio Infantry on October 4, 1861. This was the regiment of the future president, James Garfield. Pierce was appointed sergeant April 10, 1862 and by May of 1864 had been promoted to 1st Lieutenant. He mustered out with company December 2, 1864. Pierce married Cordelia F. Lockwood (1837-1891) in December of 1865.

    Condition: Creases are rubbed and lightly toned from age. Minute foxing. Smoothed folds.


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