8th Maine Infantry soldier's letter/ Fort Harrison/ Cedar Creek
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 Union Soldier's Letter, 4 pages 8vo., "Fort Harrison, Chapin's Farm," VA, Oct. 18th, 1864. Joseph L. Bean (Co. A, 8th Maine Infantry) writes to his Mother:

"...I am doing well. I am well and enjoying myself nicely. I tell you as I told you in my last that I expected to come to the Regt. I came here the next day just in time to see the rebels make a charge to take back this fort. Well they didnt get in only those that came in prisoners. They broke and fled back again in confusion leaving their dead and wounded on the field in our possession. The rebel gunboats came down the river and shell us once in while but they dont hurt any one as I can find out we are now about 8 miles from Richmond. We are rite opposite Drewry's Bluff where we had the first Battle my Regt ever was in that was where we got cut up so but if we had gone to digging tranches there the same as we did here we might have been there or in Richmond now. I had my miniature taken this morning...Joseph L. Bean Co A 8th Maine Vols 2d Brig 2d Div 18th Corps Washington DC.

Oct. 19th 1864

I have broken my Corps badge and I am going to send it home. I want you to take good care of it until I get home then I can get it fixed. It is silver and denotes the 2d Div 18th Army Corps...

P.S. There is heavy firing on the night. I guess it is Gen Sheridan pegging away (Battle of Cedar Creek) at them if is we will probably have a fight here. We expect an attack here every day if the rebels attack us here now they will get handled rougher than they did the last time they done it..."

Some aging, otherwise fine. Comes with Rose of Washington Magnus patriotic cover, one of the back flaps missing.

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8th Maine Infantry soldier's letter/ Fort Harrison/ Cedar Creek

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