2nd Vermont Infantry soldier's letter/ Battle of Locust Hill, WV
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Soldier's Letter, 4 pages, 8vo., In Camp near Harpers Ferry, Aug. 25th/ (1864). Benjamin F. Hulburd (Co. H, 2nd Vermont Infantry, killed on 10/19/64 at Cedar Creek, VA) writes pertaining to the Battle of Locust Hill in West Virginia. The letter reads in part:

"...We have laid here now these days but what next cant tell. Have a strong position & have been fortifying since we came here. There is quite a large force of the Rebs within 4 or 5 miles. Has been some little skirmishing going on every day since we came. We left near Charlestown Sunday night.

After fighting all day, the Rebs following us up rather close, but here we make a stand & they as I said 4 or 5 miles back. There may be a fight here but I hardly think the Rebs will attack us here...

I believe I told you about our fight Sunday. I think our loss was set rather high - probably 175 killed and wounded would cover the loss. I dont know as I hit any body but I sent 185 bullets at them - had fair sight at them & I intended to take good aim. The balls whistled around pretty thick but generally rather high. Our lines were on a hill near the top, would rise up & could see over - fire then squat down & load then would be out of sight... B. F. Hulburd"

Hulburd continues writing about his need of tobacco, money getting low, returning soldiers from the hospital, etc.

Pencil, some aging on the last page, otherwise fine. 

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2nd Vermont Infantry soldier's letter/ Battle of Locust Hill, WV

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