2nd Connecticut Heavy Artillery Soldier's Letter / Virginia
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Soldier's Letter, 3 pages, 4to., Camp 2nd Conn. Artillery, Parkes Station, VA, January 22nd 1865. Henry D. Burr, Co. H, 2nd Connecticut Heavy Artillery, writes to his brother:

"...Yesterday morning when I got up I found it raining very hard and was frozen so that everything was covered with ice- & it continued to rain hard all day- & the ground was all afloat. I did not stir out more than I was obliged to. My company came off picket & were pretty well soaked. It has not cleared off yet- & is quite muddy. There was an inspection ordered for to day but I think it will be postponed I hope so...

We are getting some glorious news these days. The other morn a salute was fired in honor of the capture of Ft. Fisher. This was a great victory...The report was last night that Wilmington was taken. I do not know as it is true. Some Johnnies come in every day almost. Seth Taylor Co. H went most over to them the other day while on picket to change papers but they said they had not got any papers. A sergt came out & traded knives & some money & said he thought he should come over before long. 

There is a rumor that one Battalion of our regiment is going to Wilmington & the other is going up where the 1st Conn. are. We should like this if we could get heavy pieces - But - I dont think there is any thing in it. Lt. Oscar Platt has this day got his discharge. He sent in his resignation about two weeks ago. Will start for home in a few days. Perhaps you may see him in New Milford...

Company M received ten recruits the other day - so I have plenty to do to drill them - but some of them have been out before. They are full of money. One of them took me down to the saloon and gave me an oyster supper the other day. And another gave me $5.00 till I get some money. Good thing to have recruits sometimes is it not? I recd that Diary. Ed Calhoun brought it- also some of Susan's wedding cake...

Capt. Marsh also made me a present of quite a nice Diary so I have plenty...

I am in excellent health. Dont think I was ever so flashy in my life...

Henry"

Some edge splits and slight aging. Otherwise, fine.

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2nd Connecticut Heavy Artillery Soldier's Letter / Virginia

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