L454 - 32nd Pa Soldiers Letters

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L454 - 32nd Pa Soldiers Letters

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32nd PA SOLDIERS LETTERS This is a pair of letters written by Joseph Stichter to his "parence" [sic] the first on 3 June 1862 from camp at Fredericksburg, VA. He is sending his father a copy of the Fredericksburg ChristianBanner, a newspaper which he wishes his father to start taking in place of the "cesesh" papers he has been reading. He makes several comments about the undesirable kinds of papers being published, tells them he is well & in good spirits and closes by reminding them that the day marks the first anniversary of his leaving home for the war. A single sheet (5_" x 7_") written front and back. The second was written 26 June 1864 to his "parence and sister" from Camp Curtin in Harrisburg, PA. In this letter he writes of troop movements and his great pleasure at being, once again, in Pennsylvania. He allows that the 3rd and 4th PA units have been "detachest" from the "regt since the 4th day of last April under Gen Sigel in the Shenandoah Valley." They are preparing for the trip home as soon as the rest of the regiment arrives, and this soldier is most eager to get there! Slichter enlisted on 7 June 1861 as a Private in the 3rd Reserves which were absorbed into the 32nd Infantry. The unit saw a good deal of action during the operations of the Army of the Potomac on the Peninsula in the spring of 1862, then, after joining the Army of Virginia, fought at 2nd Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam and Fredericksburg. In May 1864, the regiment sustained heavy losses at Cloyd's Mountain, but eventually started for home and was mustered out 17 June 1864. This letter is two pages (in quarto) and is, again, quite a challenge because of his most interesting, phonetic spelling. I have transcribed both letters for easy reading This is a pair of letters written by Joseph Slichter to his "parence" [sic] the first on 3 June 1862 from camp at Fredericksburg, VA. He is sending his father a copy of the Fredericksburg ChristianBanner, a newspaper which he wishes his father to start taking in place of the "cesesh" papers he has been reading. He makes several comments about the undesirable kinds of papers being published, tells them he is well & in good spirits and closes by reminding them that the day marks the first anniversary of his leaving home for the war. A single sheet (5_" x 7_") written front and back. The second was written 26 June 1864 to his "parence and sister" from Camp Curtin in Harrisburg, PA. In this letter he writes of troop movements and his great pleasure at being, once again, in Pennsylvania. He allows that the 3rd and 4th PA units have been "detachest" from the "regt since the 4th day of last April under Gen Sigel in the Shenandoah Valley." They are preparing for the trip home as soon as the rest of the regiment arrives, and this soldier is most eager to get there! Slichter enlisted on 7 June 1861 as a Private in the 3rd Reserves which were absorbed into the 32nd Infantry. The unit saw a good deal of action during the operations of the Army of the Potomac on the Peninsula in the spring of 1862, then, after joining the Army of Virginia, fought at 2nd Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam and Fredericksburg. In May 1864, the regiment sustained heavy losses at Cloyd's Mountain, but eventually started for home and was mustered out 17 June 1864. This letter is two pages (in quarto) and is, again, quite a challenge because of his most interesting, phonetic spelling. I have transcribed both letters for easy reading and both are in very fine condition. Soldier history and regimental history complete this package.
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