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    David Jameson: Sharpshooter KIA Cold Harbor Archive. Collection of thirty-five war-date letters written by David A. Jameson (Co. F, 2nd Regt. U.S.S.S.) to his sister Hattie in Mount Vernon, New Hampshire. Jameson was shot in the right arm and side at Cold Harbor on June 4, 1864 and died of his wounds at Patterson Park Hospital on June 26, 1864. The archive includes thirty-eight [38] Civil War period envelopes that the letters came in, photocopies of pension applications and documents, a tintype of Hattie Jameson along transcriptions of the letters. The letters begin on December 9, 1861 and end on May 19, 1864 and are written in pencil and ink on typical stationery of the period. Some excerpts: "There is some talk about arming us with Colts rifles... Frank Mills got his finger shot on Monday, while carelessly handling a pistol... we could have Sharps as soon as they are manufactured... Yesterday, a man in Co. E. (Vt. Co.) stabbed himself with a bayonet... About all that is to be seen here [Falmouth, Va.] is pigs and niggers. It is amusing to see the darkies try to come to the military... I am out of money, out of paper, out of tobacco, out of patience, and almost out of patriotism... The baggage train that followed us when we came here [Cedar Mountain] was over 10 miles long... 50,000 Western troops will soon be here... We were at Rappahanock Station and helped do the fighting. We were also at White Sulphur Springs... The woods have been cut off and the country resembles a vast desert. The fences have disappeared... has Sam gone to Canada to escape the draft?... The 2 years and 9 months men still continue to leave us. The old iron brigade... has all gone but the Brooklyn 14th, and they are in for the war, but it longer or shorter... you may want to know how I spent the 4th. Well, I was at Gettysburg on picket, and never in my life did I have to lay so close to the ground as I did there, and Mr. Johnnie Reb had to lay just as close as we did. The man on my right was shot through the head. We were in front 3 days, the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th... We expected to have another bout with the rebs before they got across the Potomac, but they gave us the slip... What do the good people of N.H. think of Mead? Don't they think he is some pumpkin?... A few days ago, we were on a corps review by General Mead and he insulted us. Took us for cavalrymen and our rifles for carbines... The idea is a demoralizing one; don't like it... We all made up our minds that if we live to get home, we can get along by cooking ourselves, so the girls may as well make up their minds to be old maids... When I wrote, we were laying at our ease, but a few moments later, we were marching to the front to try our skill in silencing the sharp shooters of the rebels. For fourteen days in succession, we were under fire more or less, but thus far, I have escaped unhurt." [from his last letter dated May 19, 1864, near Anderson's Tavern, Virginia]. These letters are a reflection of a man with a sharp intellect and engaging sense of humor. They are quite delightful to read. As a bonus, we include a sixth plate hand-colored tintype of Jameson housed in an embossed paper case. He is seated wearing his military uniform with his kepi placed on the table next to him.

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