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    Civil War Archive of Letters by Three Soldiers, William L. Lowell, George W. Lowell, and Henry Robert Greenfield from New York. More than 110 letters addressed to Mary Greenfield of Oakland, Livingston County, New York. Mary was the wife of Henry Robert Greenfield and the sister of William and George Lowell. Greenfield enlisted on August 13, 1862 at Nunda, New York and mustered in as a private in Company I, 130th New York Regiment on September 3, 1862. The regiment became the 19th New York Cavalry and designated the 1st New York Dragoons in September 1863. He was appointed farrier on September 9, 1863 and mustered out of the service on June 30, 1865 at Clouds Mills, Virginia. There are over 80 letters from Greenfield to his wife Mary, dating from September 10, 1862 to June 2, 1865, from various locations in Virginia. He reported on various aspects of camp life, weather reports, his health, movements of his regiment, and current updates on movements of Union and Confederate troops in the areas nearby his camp. He also provided updates to his wife on her two brothers, William, known as "Ren," and George, both of whom had joined his regiment by January of 1864.

    On October 22, 1862, in Suffolk, VA, Greenfield writes of the boys thinking the war will end soon, and an incident of a soldier mangling himself. In part: "A great many think this War will soon end. They think that is the reason that they are Enlisting Regulars for the standing army for they can get ten now Where they cant get one by and by, as soon as the Soldiers hear that they are going to be discharged they will not enlist in the regulars...There was one of the boys in Co. A that shott [sic] off three of his fingers today. He probably will get his discharge before many days."

    George W. Lowell enlisted on December 16, 1863 at Buffalo, New York, and mustered in on January 5, 1864 as a private in Company F, 130th New York Regiment. There are 7 letters from George to his sister Mary, dating from February 6, 1864 to May 22, 1864. In his first letter he writes of nearby skirmishes, mentioning his sister's husband is involved in the battle. In part: "Ren is on gard [sic] now and I have got to relieve him. Our regiment went out on a scout and they are fighting. We can here [sic] the Cannon roar. Henry is with them"

    He died in a hospital in New York City between May 22, 1864 and September 1, 1864. Six of the letters are written from camp near Mitchells Station, Virginia. The last of which, dated May 1864, from camp near White House Landing, Virginia, George informs Mary that "I am yet alive but I cant [sic] say that I am well."

    William L. Lowell enlisted on December 16, 1863 at Buffalo, New York and was mustered in as a private in Company F, 130th New York Regiment on January 5, 1864. He was wounded on May 11, 1864 and was mustered out of the service on June 5, 1865. There are 23 letters, from February 12, 1864 to April 11, 1865, from William to his sister Mary, 7 from camp near Mitchells Station, Virginia, that report on activities in camp and on the health of her husband and her brother George. One such letter, dated September 1, 1864, concerns the recent death of George. "Dear Mary he is gone now where sickness and sorrow never enters and we will not wish him back. But it seems very hard to give him up and I think that we can never see his face again. If I could of only went and seen him. I should of felt mutch [sic] different from what I do now for it seems hard for him to be sent off there and die with no one to care for him but strangers." He reported on his own health after he was wounded, writing 2 letters from a hospital in Chester, Pennsylvania and, later, 11 letters from a hospital in Frederick, Maryland.

    Condition: The letters are arranged in 8 binders. The letters are various sizes, though most of which are 3-4 pages in length on 4.25"- 4.50" by 7.50" bifoliums. Overall condition is very good, except three of the letters from Robert Henry Greenfield. One, dated December 26, 1862, has a tear at the center fold affecting several words on pages 1, 2, and 3, of the 3-page letter. His March 6, 1863 letter has a square cut out of the center at the fold and parts of pages 1, 2, and 3, affecting 4 lines of text on each page of a 3-page letter. An undated letter [#60] from Greenfield has 2 portions of the top of the letter missing, affecting six lines of the first page of a 3 page letter.


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