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DescriptionGeneral Lee Surrenders at Appomattox Court House: Letter written by Charles Adams, 111th New York Infantry. "If you had seen the men you would have thought they were crazy".
A four-page letter headed Camp of the 111th Regt. N. Y. V., April the 10th, 1865. Writing home to his parents, Charles Adams tells them, in part:
"We have had an awful hard time for the last two weeks. General Lee and his Army surrendered yesterday and if you had seen the men, you would have thought they were crazy."
"The men threw their hats and yelled, and the colors were waved and we had a noisy time."
"We were drawn up in line of battle along the road and stacked arms. After Lee had surrendered, Genl. Meade rode along the lines, laughing and bowing and every little ways he would say they have surrendered, they have surrendered; then the boys would cheer."
"I do not think that we will have any more fighting. I tell you it is not very pleasant to be where the bullets are singing, but after anyone fires two or three rounds, they don't think anything about it."
"We have marched through a splendid country. The apple trees & peach trees were in full bloom. Ten days ago the farmers had fixed their fences and got most of their spring crops in. I tell you there is some splendid farming country down here. There is lots of wheat down here. There is fields of a hundred acres as nice wheat as I ever saw. Today is the first day that we have had to rest since we started."
"The following is a list of the killed and wounded in our Company.
Killed: Corporal James Brumfield.
Wounded: Sergeant Rossman J. Parshall
Gardner, M. Chase
Our Co. has been the luckiest Co. in the Regt. No more at present.
From your Son, C. E. Adams"
Four days later Adams had another opportunity to write, this time from Burkville, Va.
"I am well and hope these few lines will find you the same. I could get no chance to send a letter before, for we have had no communication for nearly two weeks. We were within twenty miles of Lynchburg. I should judge that we have marched between 150 to 200 miles since we started. We have marched three days right along. Yesterday we marched in mud and water up to our knees in some places."
"I do not know where we are going, but I should think that we were gong to Petersburg or Richmond...John Johnson is wounded very badly in both legs. This is the second days rest that we have had since we started. I must close as the mail goes out in a few minutes. From your Son, C. E. Adams."
Condition is very fine with only minor aging. Letters describing the Surrender at Appomattox are especially desirable. From the Calvin Packard Civil War Battlefield Letter Collection
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