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4th New York Light Artillery - Killed at Gettysburg

Item LTR-552
March 2, 1862 Isaiah Smith
Price: $185.00


4 pages, original Civil War soldier's letter written in period ink and war dated.

Budds Ferry
March 2nd 1862

Dear Friend Augur,

I received your letter with much pleasure and was glad to hear from so many of the family and also of my friends in Middlefield. Tell them all I remain their friend and mean to come and see them all God willing.

You speak about having a chat and sing with me. It would give me so much pleasure for I have to sing all alone while in camp. But I have another place where I get help that is over to the regiment. Only a few steps from me here in a large tent where we attend service every Sunday and Wednesday evening where God makes himself known to those he feels their need of him. I have felt him good to me while sitting under the droppings of his blessings on our heads. God is here willing and able to bless us. He is my shield and protector. May I never leave my father’s house. Give my respects to Russell Nichols and his family, also to the old lady. I wish them a great deal of joy and hope that boy will grow up to be a comfort to his parents. Give my regards to Rev. Mr. Jewitt and also to Mr. T. Miller’s family. Tell them I would like to have a sing with them again. I suppose I shall have to sit on the back seats when I come home, for you are having so many schools go ahead. I shall hope to see the best choir in your church when I come back.

Is Horace working at the shop yet. If he is tell him I remain his friend and want him to write to me and tell me what is going on in old Connecticut. Tell him not to fail. He must write first then I can feel like writing. Tell him a man wants something to start from or he will get astray living in the wilderness and not seeing anybody but soldiers and blacks. Give my respects to him and wife from his friend I. Smith.

I don’t blame you for rejoicing in the many victories achieved by ou troops. We hear of them about as soon as you do and I suppose make more of a time than you do in rejoicing over them.

We have been expecting to move for ten days. We don’t know where but we expect it will be to cross the river and rout the rebels from their hiding place, ever since the Bull Run affair. We are only seven miles from Bulls Run. The rebels are taking guns away from their pits along the Potomac. We think they are getting ready to leave. We fired some twenty or thirty shots at them the other day and got no response. They are getting tired and sloppy. I have just been telling father that I expected to be home by the fourth of July. I think that will be as long as they can hold out.

The weather is getting settled here and we don’t know when we will get marching orders. They come like telegraph news when they come. Give my respects to Mrs. Augur and all inquiring friends.

From your affectionate friend,

Isaiah Smith
Uncle Sam’s Boy