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    Archive of Seven Civil War Letters of Private Charles E. Hevener, Co. "I", 117th New York Infantry. Hevener was a twenty-one year old resident of Boonville, New York when he enlisted on August 11, 1862 as a private, and was mustered into Company "I", 117th New York Infantry. In the seven letters contained in this archive, he writes to family members recounting the horrors of battle, the chances of Lincoln's reelection, high casualties, and unofficial truces with the Confederates. Six of the letters cover a period from August 24th to October 7th, 1864, a mere eighteen days before Hevener died in the 10th Army Corps Hospital at Jones Landing, Virginia. All of the letters are 5" x 8". The first letter, three pages, dated December 7, 1862, is written on 117th New York Infantry printed stationary, picturing the United States Capitol.

    In a letter, four pages, from Camp Curtis, Virginia, August 29, 1864, Hevener writes, "We had a man killed last night. The shell that tore part of his shoulder off and took his head off. I tell you it looked hard." In the same letter he assessed the political situation, "You wanted to know who I thought would be president. It is hard to tell, but I think Old Abe won't get it." In another letter, two pages, also from Camp Curtis, August 30, 1864, Hevener tells his brother, "I never saw iron fly as it did last night, and they kept it up all night. There was one hundred in the air at once. I tell you that old Petersburg catched [sic] it last night." In a three page letter, "in the field, near Petersburg", September 17, 1864, tells his sister, "The Rebs told our men last night that if we stopped firing they would. There hasn't been any firing yet this morning. I don't know how long their agreement will last, but I hope for the next six months." There are nine more pages of interesting content in the other three letters. Also included is a laminated 40th reunion ribbon for the 117th New York Infantry. A fine archive.

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