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    Union Soldier Augustine Sackett's War-Dated Correspondence. An archive of ten letters (including one from Sackett) all with original transmittal covers. Of particular note is a June 6, 1864 letter from his brother Homer Sackett of the 2nd Connecticut Heavy Artillery giving a detailed account of the Battle of Cold Harbor. The three-page letter (on a 5" x 7.75" bifolium) written in pencil reads in part: "Cold Harbor. June 6, 1864... we have had several very hard marches & on the first day of June had our first actual battle. We have had a few skirmishes before. Our first duty was to make a charge on the rifle pits of Beauregards & Longstreets corps. We stood the bursting well. It was a fearful undertaking. We took their lines of their works but failed to get their battery. We lost between 2 & 300 men in killed, wounded & missing. Col. Kellogg was killed just after getting over their breastworks. He went ahead of the boys & urged them forward, was a little too much liquor for his own good. We lost 2 killed in Co. H and 12 wounded. I had a ball scratch my neck one half inch more & I was gone. Miner was hurt by a rail knocked against him by a shell. He is in the hospital... we took about 500 rebs. We are in the 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 6th Corps Gen. Sedgwick's old corps. We should have punished them badly had the 9th N. Y. stood their ground. They ran the first thing and let the rebs flank us. The old officers give us the praise...we have been exposed to the rebel fire ever since their shot & shell whistle & burst around and among us...I cannot for the life of me see how our battalion was on picket night before last...an exchange of shots with the Johnies all the time. Just before we were relieved we were informed they were forming in line of battle...when they made a charge. We had strengthened our works & could give them a cross fire. They had to retire...& listen to the cheers of our boys which made the woods ring. The ground in front of our works is covered with muskets, straps & the dead bodies of the rebs, behind lay the muskets of our own poor fellows & the fresh earth of their graves. Such scenes you are spared. The sea soon washes out all traces of your battles...we are all tired and lame from severe marches...the worst one 37 miles in 18 hours. It was to keep ahead of Lee & gain the ford over the Pamunkey which we did. We are now about 9 miles from Richmond...we get our supplies from the White House on the York...we are in a pine grove. There is hardly a tree but has from 1 to 50 bullet marks on it & a good many cut down by shell...the rebs left some 400 dead on the field last night...the Rebs came up in three lines. How they must have been cut up. Our pits run in the shape [draws a stair case here] and we threw a good many shell among them...we lost most of our things on the way here...from your brother Homer". The original stamped transmittal cover, addressed: "Augustine Sackett, 2nd Assistant Engineer USN, USS ship Mattabasett, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron", is included. A portion of the bifolium has been neatly torn off, likely by Homer, as the text of the letter is complete and he carefully writes around the edges. Some soiling, which Homer apologizes for in the text. Though written in pencil, writing is clean and very legible. There is a second letter from brother Homer (4 pages, 5" x 8") dated July 3, 1864 with content about picket duty and news that their new Colonel had been wounded during a recent skirmish, likely by a sharpshooter.

    Other letters in the group include:
    A letter from Augustine Sackett writing from the USS Gunboat Chippewa (3 pages) dated September 21, 1862 to his friend 2nd Asst. Engineer Thomas S. Cunningham who served with him on board the USS Wissahickon during the passage of Forts Jackson and St. Phillip; three letters to Augustine, from his father Homer; three home front letters from George Kellogg with war news and an account of the funeral of Major General John Sedgwick; and a letter of introduction from C.J. MacConnell written aboard the "U.S. Steamer 'Mattahesett'" dated August 25, 1864, to Captain Thomas W. Middleton at Columbia Hospital.

    All letters with flattened folds and gently toned.


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