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    [Battle of Georgia Landing]. Archive of Volney H. Sweeting, 75th Regiment, New York Volunteers. Twelve war-dated letters, written from October 2, 1862, through December 31, 1864. Volney Hughes Sweeting enlisted as private in South Butler, New York on September twenty-fourth, 1861. He mustered into Company E of the 75th Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry on November 26 of that same year. From there he went to serve in Louisiana during the Bayou Teche Campaign and other engagements.

    In a letter dated November 2,1862, Sweeting writes from Thib-o-daux-Ville (Thibodaux), detailing the Battle of Georgia Landing, which took place eight days prior on October 27, 1862. His company was traveling down LaFourche Bayou, and when they ran into a Rebel battery, the combat began. In part: " The fight soon began and for about an hour we had a good chance to smell powder. Captain Goodrich was immediately ordered to make a bridge of our craft and we went at it with the help of the Negroes. As soon as the Rebels found out what we were about, they commenced throwing shells at us...it frightened the Negroes so badly that most of them ran and left us but not a man of Company 'E' and I have since heard the Capt say that he saw a single man in the company that was the least bit afraid. Well, we soon had the bridge finished and the 12th Connecticut and 8th New Hampshire Regts crossed over and charged their Battery...and the fight was ended. Had it not been for the forethought of General Weitzel in bringing the bridge we could not have done anything with them."

    After Thibodaux, Sweeting's regiment moved camp throughout the area, to Brashear City, Bayou Boeuf, Camp Stevens and others. Several letters cover his time there, mentioning his advancement to the rank of Lieutenant, brutal marches, etc. The last few letters were written during his stay in Campbell Hospital in Washington, where he was transported due to illness.

    Condition: All letters have smoothed folds, with normal toning for the age, and slight soiling and field-wear. Some folds show weakness.


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