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    Stephen A. Dodge: 3rd Maine Infantry Archive. Collection of letters related to Stephen A. Dodge, a private in the 3rd Maine Infantry (this unit fought at practically all the major battles of the Civil War including Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Cold Harbor and the Wilderness). There are nine war-date letters (eight with envelopes) written between family members. These no doubt have war-related content, but have not been closely examined. There are eighteen letters (twelve with envelopes) written by Dodge (with one exception) between 1853 and 1863, all but two of war-date. Some may be incomplete and not all are dated. Some excerpts: 12-page letter written from Oneida, Ill. October 7, 1860 (loss to corner of the front leaf) dealing with the presidential election ("They were to have a Bell and Everett demonstration that night [in Albany], so I saw one of the New York Wide Awake companies and it was a splendid one... The flags in this city are canvas with various inscriptions printed on them and they [look] well. The Lincoln and Hamlin one especially... there was quite a time here [in Chicago] for Douglas and Johnson. both made speeches... They took a vote [on the train] and they stood 147 Lincoln 371 Douglas and there was some warm debating. Owen Lovejoy was on the train and kept them roaring in laughter... [Harrison's Landing, August 2, 1861] Seems the rebels began to throw shell at the transports opposite the landing when the Galena Monitor just opened on them... the way those loud barkers talked soon silenced the rebel guns which only killed two cavalry horses of ours... the next morning some of our men went over the river and found 30 men killed and 12 horses... We have got new rifles exchanged our Austrians for Springfield rifles this morning. We will have the combustible cartridges. all you have to do is just to ram them down, no tearing paper with the tooth... [Alexandria, August 22, 1861] Yesterday the rebel scouts made an attack upon our picket guard all up and down the river Potomac to find where the weakest points were... This morning the rebels retreated to Centerville... [Alexandra, September 15, 1861] We were paid off in gold and treasury notes. Those preferring gold got it - there were plenty to jump at the new notes... [Bellevue, Camp Fassenden, September 20, 1861 and September 22, 1861] Moses Crofts who got wounded at Bull Run started for Bath... well I sent a knife I found on our retreat home by him... a change in the atmosphere will make the rebels shiver... not more than half of them have tents... Some ninety of the fourth Maine Regiment refused duty and they were put under guard yesterday. they were transferred to the 38th N.Y. regiment in our brigade (some loss with restoration)... [Alexandria, Virginia October 17, 1861 and November 21st] We asked a black boy questions; asked him where his parents were. Sold says he... We stood an hour before Gen. McClellan and his brilliant staff arrived announced by roar of artillery... President Lincoln Seward Cameron and a host of others a hundred I should think, altogether rode around at quick speed and reviewed the troops and as they passed each regiment they gave three deafening shouts after they had rode around them... I got a glimpse of Abe and I recognized him for he looks about the same as when I heard him speak in Illinois... [n.p., n.d.] Gen Halleck who commanded in Mo. is also a great chieftain for his strategic ability was tested in capturing that large body of rebels there... [Camp near Potomac Creek, June 7,1863, written by 1st Lieutenant Wood Hall, Company D, 3rd Maine volunteers, referencing in error Stephen A. Dodge's death in battle] the old third wasent all taken prisoners but we lost very heavey lost 65 out of 250 men... I wish we might get Richmond I think we shal in time but how soon I cant tell. it will be a hard battle who ever lives to see it taken. Yes Old Stonewall Jackson is gone up shure a nuff and I hant sorry... yes I do suppose you miss poor Stephen... if I had of bin with him when he was shot... he must of suffered very much before he he died but he dident live long... [Centerville Hill, September 1, 1864, written by Stephen A. Dodge subsequent to his reported death] we have had another great battle... our army has been driven back... by the enemy who turned the left flank held by McDowell's Corps... The next day at noon the battle opened heavy and our side on the left began to fall back and at 5 PM the battle raged terrible. the enemy grew more desperate... our force fell back onto a high hill and hurled shell into them awfully then the battle waned... We were under fire a few moments... we were going to support a battery which the troops had deserted. we went through the enemies lines to get to it led by Kearney..." Dodge worked in the ship yards in Maine. Many of his letters conclude with a profession of faith in God and the fervent prayer his life may be spared to return home.

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    December, 2015
    12th Saturday
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