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    Union Letter Archive from the Chadbourn Family of Maine, containing over 40 letters. Twenty-four of the letters are dated during the Civil, mostly written between four Chadbourn brothers. Paul, the eldest, enlisted as a 1st lieutenant in October 1861 serving in Co. "I", 1st Maine Cavalry. Collins, who served as a sergeant in the same company and regiment, was killed in August 1864. Francis enlisted as an eighteen-year-old private in 1862, serving in Co. "K", 27th Maine Infantry; He mustered out in July 1863. Darling did not serve. Through their letters, the brothers notify each other of deaths, sicknesses, promotions, and movements: "Old Hookers hole armey is a bout 25 miles up west of us. they have been fiting all day. we could hear the guns but don't know how they made it [June 1862]"; "Many deserters are constantly coming in to our lines and say they are sick of war [January 1864]"; "The prospects are that there will be most desperate fighting this next campaign; but I fully believe we will subdue this most wicked rebellion yet [January 1865]"; "I ought to have a good rest, and yet I feel if I have any love of country, any patriotism or pride to see the end of this most hellish rebellion I out to remain [October 1864]."

    A September 18, 1862, letter from a military official notifies Darling Chadbourn that "Your brother Lieut. Paul Chadbourn, is here [Washington, D.C.] sick with a fever." Letters from Darling to his wife reveal that he went to the capital to care for his brother. Prior to a November 1862 battle, Paul writes, "We have just received orders to march tomorrow morning at 7 for the front where they are fighting. So be on the look out for Co. 'I' for they are going to keep the Caps. Here and I shall again get to lead it to the charge, and I am determined to cut my way through." A few days earlier, he "went to Baltimore with 15 Rebel prisoners. Went all alone with them by R.R., but got them through all right." In an August 29, 1864, letter, Paul notifies one of the brothers of Collins' death: "I have been to Annapolis with the expectation of finding Collins alive - but alas what was my disappointment to find he was Dean & buried. . . . I never had such a feeling come over me before. . . . I had his remaines taken up & packed. Could not have him Embalmed it had been to long since his death, we shan't be able to have it seen. It will come through this week by Express." An April 9, 1865, letter contains the bittersweet information that Paul is wounded, yet the war is over: "[A] sad accident that had befallen Paul. . . . He with his Regiment was engaged the 31st of March near Hatchers Run and in the first-part of the action he received a wound in the right-shoulder and as we understand it, the ball passed clean through knocking off the upper part of the shoulder blade, he rode 12 miles that day and wrote us the next-day with his right hand. . . . Don't we have glorious news: no more war. when we got the news the old flag went up in haste." The family also writes about the draft and their hatred of the Copperheads. Nine of the letters are dated shortly before the war, while four are postwar. Several letters and various papers are also included, dated from the late 1800s. Many of the archive's letters have transmittal envelopes. Overall fine condition.


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