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    Private Lewis F. Stockwell: 37th Regt. Mass. Infantry Letters. Seventeen letters with eight transmittal envelopes written by Private Lewis F. Stockwell, 37th Regiment, Massachusetts Infantry between November 1862 and May 1865. The unit participated in practically all the major battles of the war, including: Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, The Wildnerness, Cold Harbor and Petersburg. Some excerpts from the non-routine letters: " [May 16, 1863] ...I suppose you want to know something about the battle of Fredericksburg... we all of us had a harder time of it, over hedges ditches over stone walls double quick... the way the knapsacks haversacks and canteens flew was a caution... I would like to git out of this god forsaken country once more where I could see something besides dead horses and mules... [November 15, 1863 Brandy Station, Virginia] ... this morning about sunrise the heavenly artillery opened again and General mead followed suit... our cavalry charged on the enemys earthworks and captured the rappadan hights... they are bringing in deserters every day or too... [April 9, 1864 Brandy Station]... Well I wonder what the folks up North think of this glorious and unholy rebellion. I think that there is more vice carried on here in the army than there used to be at Methodist Camp meetings. [May 2, 1864 Guinness Station]... the rebs made a charge on us and drove us out of our own rifle pitts we fell back to a brow of a hill and there we held them until after dark and then we took our rifle pitts back again." He mentions Spotsylvania Court House and Hanover Junction. [May 20, 1864 Petersburg, Virginia]... The rebs have some bully fortifications in this place but they will have to hop out of their.... we have lost I cannot tell and the third day we have been here I think I may say one thousand in killed or wounded. [January 23, 1865 U. S. General Hospital]... They have sent a great many to the front today... they are cutting some short corners about enlisting men. [April 21, 1865 Burkesville, Virginia]... Last night it was rumored that Johnson had surrendered his army to Sherman and thousands of candles burning in the evening on the trees for an hour or more. [May 4, 1865, Danville, Virginia] ...some of our boys that are in the regiment now that was in prison there a year ago... I wish you could see the niggars here this morning. you cannot step without steping in some of toes."
    The letters are written in both pen and pencil. They are, for the most part, legible, but the poor spelling and penmanship makes the task somewhat challenging. Fortunately, most of the letters are accompanied by typed transcriptions.


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