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Very Good. 1862-1864. A collection of about 80 letters (all complete except one from c. September 1862 which appears to be missing a page) written home by a Union soldier, all legible and in good condition, some with original envelopes and postmarkings. At 19, Richard Hulse was mustered into the NY 5th Artillery (H Company) and sent shortly after to Harpers Ferry, VA where his regiment was surrendered and then paroled at Camp Douglas in Chicago. He later rode (unofficially) with the PA 18th Cavalry, and fought with them at Hanover, Gettysburg, Hunterstown, Hagerstown (twice) and Falling Water, before eventually rejoining his original regiment, with which he was involved in Winchester and Halltown. Hulse would eventually be captured again at Cedar Creek, VA in October 1864, and, according to the Annual Report of the Adjutant General for the year 1890, would join the Confederate army at Salisbury, NC in December 1864, likely as a "galvanized rebel" recruited into service while in the Salisbury prison camp. The letters give insight into conditions at Camp Douglas, Fort Marshall and Fort McHenry; the events at Harpers Ferry and battles in Virginia and Pennsylvania. Others tell of trading sugar and coffee with Confederate soldiers for whisky and tobacco, his support of Gen. McClellan in the upcoming presidential election, and the dissuasion of his older brother from enlisting ("tell him to keep out of Uncle Sam's claws") as he wavers from patriotic militant to pacifist. With photograph (4 x 2 3/8 in.) of a young man (possibly Hulse as he mentions having his "likeness" done and sending it to his parents) in a cavalry officer's uniform. ; Various; Signed by Author .
Title: Collection of manuscript letters written by a Union (& later Confederate) soldier from 1862 through 1864. With photograph in uniform.
Categories: American History,
Book Condition: Very Good
Item: 1.00 Item
Seller ID: 3419
Keywords: Civil War, Letters, American history, Union Army, Army of the Potomac