20th Massachusetts Infantry soldier's letter/ New Market, VA
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Soldier's Letter, 3 pages, 8vo., New Market, Virginia, April 3, 1863. Horace A. Derry (Co. D, 20th Massachusetts Infantry, wounded 12/11/62 at Fredericksburg, VA and discharged later due to his wounds) writes on a patriotic stationery with a matching cover:

"...I found Seargent Talcoot at Mansfield as he told me I should. We found the Colonel on board of the steam boat that we went on to New York in and he gave us a supper and paid for it him self. He is a fine old fellow dont you think so. We had to go aboard of the steam boat that afternoon and there we found a jolly set of fellows as you ever see together. I tell you we started Friday afternoon and stayed on board of the boat until Monday afternoon when we arrived at Fortress Monroe and landed up in the cove and then we marched up to Hampton where the Rebels burnt the place some time last spring and from there to New Gate and here we are now but we cant tell how long we shall stop here. We expect to have another fight before a great while for there are troops coming in all the time and they are as far as you can see, and we went up to the 18 regiment and they say they are strung all along as far as they can see you. Tell John Rumble that he has better stay at home as long as he can for they are having rough time out here now. They did not say anything to us when we arrived and I dont think they would if we had not come back for another month. Alden he is fat as ever he was. He was on board of the boat when we got there and came on to Fortress Monroe together and we talked the old times over. I still hold my position as Seargent but I have not done anything yet...Horace A. Derry".

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20th Massachusetts Infantry soldier's letter/ New Market, VA

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