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150th Pennsylvania Infantry - Bucktails WIA at Gettysburg

Item LTR-78
January 9, 1864 Thomas Chamberlin
Price: $425.00


3 pages in period ink - Bucktail Letter - 150th P.V.
written by Major Thomas Chamberlin: Author of the 150th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, published in 1905.
Wounded the first day at Gettysburg

Letter as follows:

Culpepper, Va. Jan 9th 1864

Dear Lieutenant,

Yours of the 7th containing photographs, reached me today. I am much obliged to you for the picture, which, as you say, scarcely looks the jolly Quartermaster of the 5th.

You speak of having sent receipts for what ordnance stores I turned over to you and invoices for what you issued to me – together with a statement of Colonel Simmons’ account. No such papers ever reached me, and I fear the Dead Letter Office got them. Won’t you be kind enough to have them made out again, and forward them immediately, as I am very anxious to make out my returns at once? I have now in my possession your written receipt for eleven Harpers Ferry muskets complete (i.e. with bayonets) and six additional Harpers Ferry muskets without bayonets ( 17 H.F. muskets and 11 bayonets) – all turned over April 1st 1862. I must also have turned over a good many cartridge-boxes, but have nothing to show for them. Enclosed please find invoices and receipts for the 17 muskets and 11 bayonets mentioned above: the receipts please send back with whatever other receipts you may have for me. I will then destroy the written receipt, or send it to you as you may prefer.

On returning from Philadelphia on the 31st I found the 1st Corps here at Culpepper, where I hope we may be allowed to remain for the rest of the winter. We have built winter-quarters for the fourth time within six weeks, and shall swear course than “Our Army in Flanders” if we have to move again. It is cold – fearfully cold here at nights and even with a double allowance of blankets and laying “spoon fashion” it is hard to sleep comfortably. Rebel deserters are coming into our picket line in large numbers. Last night fifty gave themselves up – mostly Alabamians.

Please let me have the receipts as early as possible (you don’t know how much this dammed ordnance business worries me!) and thus greatly obliged.

Your sincere friend
Thomas Chamberlin
Major 150th P.V.