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5th Connecticut Infantry - Captured at Winchester - NEW

Item LTR-8391
October 13, 1861 Albert N. Lewis
Price: $245.00


Original Civil War soldier's letter. 4 pages, written in period ink.

Camp Ellsworth
Darnestown, MD

October 13, 1861

Cousin M,

I am well and take the first chance to answer your last. We had so much to do that until yesterday, I have not had time for 10 days to write in my memorandum. Since I wrote last, we have had quite a march and returned. Tomorrow, we go on a two days march somewhere. We don’t know yet where. Last Monday, we were ordered to Williamsport. Started about four o’clock p.m. with no provisions with us. Only in wagons. Before we got off our camp ground, it commenced to rain. Four thunderstorms came up one after another. Which with the darkness before we stopped, made the traveling rather difficult. But we soon had large fires built in spite of the rain, which continued till daylight. Our wagons got stuck and did not come up until 7 next morning. So, our suppers were rather scarce, as well as tents. For breakfast we had beefsteaks seasoned with ashes which we cooked Indian fashion. Each man with a long stick, a slice of beef on one end, holding it over the fire. Made a very interesting sight I assure you.

But this was not the worst of it. Nearly all the drinking portion started off in the dark rum hunting and succeeded very well. They were not missed till morning when they found half the regiment gone. Many went for breakfast and had to go ten miles some more before they got it. But these soon returned with the dunkers. One who commenced to shoot hogs, horses and “mules” and doing much damage. One man in Company D shot one of our men through the body. So, he died. The same ball struck the knee of another, wounding him. So, he will always be a cripple. We passed on through Frederick City, where we had orders to return. Banks having heard of the affair, he was sorry. He did not let us go on when he heard how it happened. The men who had done the damage were arrested. And everything made as near right as possible by our Colonel.

Frederick City is a very pretty pleasant place and viewed from the top of a hill, we had to climb to get over into it is one of the most pleasant places I ever saw. Perhaps living in a wilderness two months made out look rather than it would otherwise and then the sight of a train of cars and to hear a whistle made some of the boys nearly crazy with delight. Those who were ready to give up with fatigue of the march were as lively and cheerful as ever. And every time the engine whistled there was a much cheering as there would have been to see the President.

George is well and had a good time on the march, as he was one of the rear guards and had his knapsack carried. The lady who sent her love must be a very loving person to send love to a stranger. And I think would make a very good factory girl, if nothing more.

Give mine to her with much for you.

I remain as ever your friend,

A. N. Lewis