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    Texas Related: 1863-1865 Union Soldier Documents and Letters.
    1) 4-pg. letter written by an Iowa soldier, part of Federal occupation forces stationed at Indianola, Texas on August 4, 1865. He talks about the weather, filling out "returns" and the disposition of his pay. "I will state that we have daily about 600 men on fatigue which means loading vessels and unloading wagons, cleaning the city and etc." 2) 1-pg. letter with envelope written on October 18, 1865 from San Antonio to Munson Najac (of the 12th Regiment, Rhode Island Infantry) by Captain J. D. Gray, requesting that a commissary package be held pending his visit to Indianola. 3) 2-pg. letter written by G. H. Jenkins from Carrolton, Louisiana on October 6, 1863. Jenkins was among the Union forces that landed in Brownsville, Texas and ultimately marched up the coast to Indianola. "... my regiment left on Sat. 3rd for Brashear whence we suppose the whole corps will go to Galveston Texas and possibly afterwards to Fort Brown on the Rio Grande to watch the movements of the frog and garlic eating french... A board of inquiry to investigate the explosion of the steamer City of Madison is now sitting here in a nice large room in a confiscated house." 4) February 16, 1864 printed and manuscript document signed by Henry Augustus Wise, Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance, written to Commander A. L. B. Zareya of the U.S.S. Antona stationed off Galveston, Texas, transmitting information on Parrott guns (not included). 5) 4-pg. letter with envelope written by Iowa soldier M. C. Hutchinson from Matagorda Isle, Texas, April 15, 1864. "... the officers think more about filling their pockets with greenbacks and getting a big name than they do about anything else... There was a reconnoitering party went out a few days ago with one gunboat. They captured two or three schooners and a few prisoners and had a short engagement with a rebel gunboat..." Milton Charlton Hutchinson (1841-1865) served in the 34th Iowa Infantry and was killed in the Union assault on Fort Blakely near Mobile Bay on April 9, 1865, occurring just a few hours after Lee's surrender at Appomattox. 6) 1-pg. manuscript report with envelope from Lt. Ellis T. Hind of Company B, 13th Regiment Maine Infantry Volunteers, detailing "Camp and Garrison Equipage", some of which was lost in a storm on November 17, 1863 while being shipped from Brazos Santiago, Texas. The regiment fought at Vicksburg and was part of an expedition up the coast of Texas from Brownsville to overrun Fort Esperanza and occupy Matagorda Bay. Ink inscription light, but legible. 7) 1-pg. "Invoice of Ordnance and Ordnance Stores" turned over by Lt. Aaron Ring of the 13th Maine Volunteers off Brazos Bar, Texas on October 29, 1863, for transport on the steamer Clinton. 8) 2-pg. letter written January 30, 1864 from De Crows Point (Matagorda), Texas from Sergeant E. R. Phillips of the 48th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, 13th Army Corps, Department of the Gulf. He was later captured at Sabine Crossroads and was briefly held as a P.O.W. at Camp Ford in Tyler, Texas. "I have been through the flint mill since I started in this war. I have been in Eight engagements and never had blood drawn but once and that was at Shiloah.... some of the hardest fighting that any Regt in the service on the 22 of last month wee made the charge on Vicksburg and our flag was the first on the parapet and was took down again and hail never fell thicker than raining balls did from ten o'cl until eight in the eave. I shot one hundred and forty rounds and charged a gun three times..."
    From the L. B. Paul Collection


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