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    [Civil War]. James E. White Civil War Archive of Twenty-Three Letters. All letters were written by Union soldier James White was a member of Company G, 26th Maine Volunteer infantry Regiment attached to General Nathaniel Banks' Army of the Gulf, to his family back home. Spanning November, 1862, through September, 1864, White gives details of the siege of Port Hudson (May 22 - July 9, 1863) and the fall of Vicksburg, the drafting of troops into the Union army, and a smallpox outbreak aboard a transport ship.

    Autograph Letter Signed. Three integral pages, 5.5" x 9", "Baton Rogue," February 1, 1863, to his brother, George, regarding his activities during "Banks' Expedition." "I got on picket the other night...it is loansome [sic] Brother out there in the woods on the alleart [sic] for the ennemay [sic] for twenty-four ours [sic] at A time." He tells George that there is a colored "Regiment hear [sic] sixteen hundred of them."

    Autograph Letter Signed. Three integral pages, 5" x 8", "Baton Rogue," January 25, 1863, to his mother about life in camp. "A report that the ennemay [sic] would atacked [sic] us heer [sic] but I don't think they will tho they cent [sic] in a flag of truce three days ago I don't no [sic] what it was for...some says it was somthing [sic] about atacking [sic] the place but I don't think they would send us word." With original transmittal envelope.

    Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages, 4.75" x 8", Port Hudson [Louisiana], June 30, 1863, to his father regarding the continuation of the siege of Port Hudson. In part: "...this plase [sic] is not taken yet they are intrenching [sic] round it I am still with the brig which I wrote about." He meets with an acquaintance who says they "have charged on there [sic] brestworks [sic] twice but have not got in yet." He continues: "The rebs are comeing [sic] out every night some of them into our lines there was A sharp fight down on the left last night we could hear the fireing [sic]." With original transmittal envelope.

    Autograph Letter Signed. Four integral pages, 5" x 8", "Missippi Corintine Station," December 18, 1862, to his "Parients" concerning his quarantine aboard ship: "We are stoped [sic] because [sic] we had the Smallpocks [sic] aboard had one man dye [sic] with it there is no one sick with it now and I hope there will be no more." While sailing south they hit a storm and one ship, the Steamer Sanford "was lost with a load of soldiers she was lost on florride kees [Florida Keys]." With original transmittal envelope.

    Autograph Letter Signed. Three integral pages, 8" x 10", Port Hudson, July 10, 1863, to his father regarding the occupation of the fort after a month and a half long siege. "...the fort has sirrendered [sic] and we are inside now...it is a harde [sic] looking place." Having just heard of the fall of Vicksburg: "Vitsburg [sic] has sirrendered [sic] to [sic] that is good news." Of the supplies taken at Port Hudson, he writes: "the report is that there was sixty pieces of lite [sic] artilary [sic] and thirty pieces of heavy twelve thousand of small arms and...six or seven thousand men...i don't know the number taken at vitsbirg [sic] yet."

    He writes a second letter directly below the first in which he talks about a wound he has suffered: "i have ben [sic] in two very hard Batels [sic] the last day i got...shot in my ankel [sic] but i did not leave the field it did not lame me." Moderately toned along the folds. With original transmittal envelope.

    Autograph Letter Signed. Three integral pages, 4.75" x 7.75", Port Hudson, June 18, 1863, to his brother while involved in the siege of Port Hudson. "Port hudson is not taken yet they still keep fireing [sic] the most of the time upon there [sic] brest works [sic] they will hold out as long as possible but it is a hard place to take...I am on A brig now which we are to lay acrost [sic] the ditch for the battrys [sic] to cross on after the infintry [sic] gits [sic] in side of there brestworks [sic]." Of the opposing army he says: "A flag of truce out yesterday and I saw A lot of the rebbles [sic] and some of there [sic] offericers [sic] they are good looking men we talked with some of the men." Lightly stained edges. With original transmittal envelope.

    The remaining letters talk of mundane doings in camp and ask for new from home. All letters are in fine condition unless otherwise noted.


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    Autograph Letter Signed. Three integral pages, 5" x 8", Newport News [Virginia], November 21, 1862, to his father regarding money that he and his brother are sending home. Of his time in the army he says, in part: "I don't like it much but I stick it out."

    Autograph Letter Signed. Three integral pages, 4.5" x 7.5", Virginia, July 6 [n. y.], to his mother assuring her that he is well and that "The war is moving on slowly and prosperous it looks brighter evry [sic] day i think their [sic] will be a stoping [sic] plase [sic] soon the sooner the beter [sic] for i want to come home."

    Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages, 4.5" x 7.5", "Barons Landing," May 19, 1863, to his brother regarding the movement of his unit.

    Autograph Letter Signed. Two integral pages, 8" x 10" (width varies), City Point [Virginia], September 11, 1864, to his mother assuring that all is well.

    Autograph Letter Signed. One page, 5" x 8", Camp Casey [Virginia], November 14, 1862, to his "Parients" regarding the upcoming draft. "I heard there was agoing to be A draft there I want some of them fellows to come out here and try camp life."

    Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages, 10" x 8", "Baton Rogue," February 8, 1863, to his mother. He tells her all is well and there is no news to report. He says he is sending $5 to George and then tells of the condition of his clothes and his meals.

    Autograph Letter Signed. Three integral pages, 10.25" x 8" (width varies), Newport News [Virginia], November 26, 1862, to his mother regarding money he is sending home. With original transmittal envelope.

    Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages, 5" x 8", n. p., April 18, 1863, to his "parints." "We have had one pretty smart skirmish last Tuesday and have been driveing [sic] them sience [sic].have taken quite a number of prisners [sic] this week." With original transmittal envelope.

    Autograph Letter Signed. Three integral pages, 17" x 10.5", Baton Rouge, February 12, 1863,  to his brother regarding prisoners. ".there was three Rebbles [sic] taken yesterday they got to near our lines they had better keepe [sic] clear of our pickets if they don't want to come in." He continues by lamenting the time that has elapsed: "Five months has passed away since the drafts and in that time I have traviled [sic] menney [sic] miles." Of the locals, he writes: "we shall have some beaf [sic] to morrow for the boys confiscated some to day they will still draw when they can the people that lived hear [sic] most of them left at the aproach [sic] of our armey [sic]." With original transmittal envelope.

    Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages, 5.5 x 8", "Oppolous [Opelousas, Louisiana]," April 23, 1863, to his "parients." "We have been marching the last mounth [sic] threw [sic] the country and have had one short brush with the rebbles [sic]." With original transmittal envelope.

    Autograph Letter Signed. Three integral pages, 5" x 8", "Battonrogue," January 14, 1863, to his brother, George, regarding his time "incamped" in New Orleans. With original transmittal envelope.

    Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages, 4.75" x 7.75", Baton Rouge, March 11, 1863, to his mother. "I supose [sic] we are going to fort hudson the river is full of gun boats." With original transmittal envelope.

    Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages, 5" x 8", Port Hudson, June 7, 1863, to his mother. Involved in the siege of Port Hudson, he writes: "They still keep fireing [sic] every now and then...they are agoing [sic] to besege [sic] the place I believe.we have not been in eny [sic] of the fight yet they are getting there [sic] guns ready." With original transmittal envelope.

    Autograph Letter Signed. Three integral pages, 9.75" x 8", Port Hudson, June 3, 1863, to his brother, George, regarding the fighting around Port Hudson, Louisiana. "They have been fighting hear [sic] for ten or twelve days the rebles [sic] don't fire much only now and then they send a shell over into the woods.our folks keep fireing [sic] into the brest works [sic]." With original transmittal envelope.

    Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages, 5.25" x 7.75" (width varies), "Camp John Pope,"  [n. m.] 22, 1862, to his "Parints" about where he may be heading. He also tells the story of a man who fell off the coach on the way to camp. With original transmittal envelope.

    Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages, 5" x 8", Virginia, November 12, 1862,  to his brother while he is alone in camp with a cold. With original "Union & Liberty" printed envelope.

    Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages, 5" x 8", Baton Rouge, March 9, 1863, to his father. In part: "We have marching orders and two das racions [sic] don't know whare [sic] we are going.some says that we are going out to distroy [sic] A railroad and by the appearance of things I think tis some such thing.when the troopes [sic] will move to fort hudson I don't no [sic] but think before long." With original transmittal envelope.



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