Union Army Surgeon Recounts Expedition Against Forrest, autograph letter signed, "John B. Bowen", three pages, 7.75" x 9.5", Columbus, Kentucky, February 13, 1864, to Benjamin F. Carter, Woodbury, New Jersey. Surgeon Bowen of the 34th New Jersey Infantry writes to a friend in part: "...We left camp at Union City four days and returned on the 11th of January, making a three weeks tramp through mud knee deep, rain, thunder and lightning, hail, snow, ice, and the thermometer as low as 15 and 16 degree below zero, and really accomplished nothing, except to start the Reb. Gen Forrest down the country...The Regt. is quite small owing to desertions. The number is really frightful...". Bowen would himself resign in five months. Smoothed folds, pages trimmed at bottom. Very good condition. A pencil notation on the first page mentions that the body of a William Ladd was sent home via Cairo, Illinois. Ladd, a private in Co. "D", died on December 15 of disease. Interestingly, the 34th New Jersey suffered fewer than ten battlefield deaths, but lost over 150 men to sickness. From the collection of Henry E. Luhrs.

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