29th Massachusetts soldier's letter
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Soldier's Letter 2 1/2 pages, 4to., Harrison's Landing, Virginia, July 2nd 1862. Major Charles Chapman (Co. D, 29th Massachusetts Infantry, died at Petersburg, VA on 8/8/64) writes to Lieut. John E. Smith:

"...I am glad to hear that you have a position one grade higher than you had in the 29th. I hope that you will be successful and rise higher. As near as I can ascertain you are in Maggi's Regt. if so, I have a brother a Lieut. in that Regt... acquaintance with him if you have not done so already. You will find him a pretty good fellow if he is my brother. Also please remember me to Col. Maggi. The boys are pretty well used up but improving. Poor Maj. he got killed at the first of it. The officers and men in the Regt. behaved splendidly with very few exceptions. Dr. Coggswell was taken prisoner. He returned yesterday with a somewhat more exalted opinion of Rebel resources & than he formerly had idea that Gen. Pope has been issuing some very decisive orders such as subsisting upon the resources of the country as they go along. Such orders should have been given a year ago. The war would now be nearly or quite at an end but "better late than never"...I pitied those 6 companies of the 32nd Mass. which arrived here from Mass. the day after we did just from their homes being used to a different life  & wading through mud knee deep which would pull the shoes right off their feet. It was rather hard for them...Chas. Chipman"

Comes with the original postally used cover.  Some fold splits, otherwise very fine.

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29th Massachusetts soldier's letter

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