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    Company G 5th Regiment Maine Volunteers: Joseph Leavitt Letters. Nineteen letters written by Union soldier Private Joseph Leavitt to his father and sister between September 5, 1861 and April 9, 1864. The locales include Camp Vernon, Camp Franklin, Alexandria, City Point, Harrison's Landing, Stafford Court House, Warrenton, White Oak Church and Hazel River. Some excerpts: "... We have just got done a fort that we have been working on for the last two months and it is on the farm of the rebel General Lee and has mounted on it twenty five thirty two Pounders... I had to go with the regiment to see the execution of William Johnson a private in the Lincoln cavalry who tried to desert and to give information to the enemy... there was twelve picked men to shoot at him at the first fire there was eight men and he fell but not being killed the other four men fired which killed him instantly then the whole division had to march around and see him... the Rebels attacked General Porter and McCall's Division which position General Porter held against great numbers and the fight continued for three days... we lost our Lieut. Col. Heath which was killed by a musket ball... this Division is called by McClellan the most perfect drilled in the Army.. I do not care about going into a fight because it is not a pleasant thing to have so many of them lead things flying round... The Fights that the Regiment has been into since it left Portland are the Battles of Bull Run which was a hard old run and West Point which we gained and the other Seven days fighting on this Peninsular which was victory as we was not drove from the grounds by the enemy... I see by the Emancipation Bill that this war is carried on for that purpose [for the "nigger"] but as things are now I suppose I ought to take things as they come along cheerfully... the hardest days march was from Manchester Maryland to Gettysburg Pennsylvania where the battle was and where the Potomac Boys gave General Lee one of the lickings and where he lost over thirty thousand of the Northern Virginia Army which is called the best in the Confederate service and which they have found out by this time that the old Potomac Army is not quite Demolished yet but can thrash them any time when they come out of their entrenchments on a more open field.." In his last letter, he threatens to vote a "real Copperhead ticket for President" if he does not receive the commission he has been angling for. The 5th Maine fought in most of the pivotal battles of the Civil War and was mustered out on July 27, 1864. Leavitt never received his commission and was assigned to the Veteran Corps. Some good content, but generally routine subject matter dealing with furloughs, monetary matters, critiques of commanders (McClellan, Hooker) and assigned tasks.

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