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    Archive of Cornelius M. Sammis, 3rd Rhode Island Cavalry, Company B. Eight letters, dated from September 19, 1864, through February 12, 1865, written in New Orleans, Donaldsville and Napoleonville, Louisiana, to his father, Captain Isaac Sammis. During his service in southern Louisiana, Sammis writes of guard duty, raids, and his hospital stay, as he was severely ill at the time.

    From Napoleonville, on November 30, 1864, Private Sammis writes of his illness, and conflicts with the Confederates. In part: "Well when I have the diarrhea very bad and Dr. Budlong says for me to eat only dry toast and drink tea...it is impossible for a man to do duty on a loaf of bread that's toasted...We have lost a few men captured by the rebs. About a week ago 7 rebs had a fight with 7 of our men, and the rebs captured a corporal and two men and we had news by telegraph from Donaldsville that one of our best Lieutenants and 12 men were gobbled up...The other day we captured a wagon full of all kind of valuable stores bound for the rebs."

    In a letter from February 12, 1865, in Napoleonville, he seems to show some improvement, possibly caused by his self-medication. In part: : "At present I am getting along tip top since pay day although I did not get any greenbacks except what was owing to me. I invested a few dollars in Blackberry Wine & then I bought a couple of bottles of bitters..."

    Two original transmittal envelopes included, as well as a slip from the paymaster, allotting $300.00 to Sammis.

    Condition: Six letters measure approximately 5" x 8", while one is 7.75" x 9.75", the final letter measuring 8" x 10". All letters show expected toning, soiling, and field wear, with smoothed folds, scattered foxing.


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