Camp Vermont near Hunting Creek, Virginia: 5 December 1862. Unbound. Two-page letter with envelope. Envelope is franked with a three-cent stamp (Scott #65) canceled with a circular Washington, DC postmark. The letter and envelope are in nice shape; clean and legible.
This charming letter, written to the wife of a wounded soldier from one of his campmates, is addressed: “This is for Augusta, Wife of H.W,C, the Vt. Soldier who was shot on Picket near the Po-to-mac. Daughter of Capt. King. In keeping of the Doctor. Snow’s Store, Vermont.”
After admonishing Augusta for not writing “You don’t seem to answer my letters very well . . . if you can’t do better, jist copy off a verse or two of scripture – or anything else,“ Lamerburton goes on to inform her that: “Your man is doing splendidly. The Surgeon dressed the wound day before yesterday, and said it looked much better than he thought it would. I was surprised that such a wound should trouble him so little.”
He continues, telling her that despite the December weather:
“Our huts are as warm and dry as need be, and we five fellows are having an uproarious time – that is we are happy and jolly. The cigars you sent came last night – the cheese tonight, just in season for supper. . . . Our thanksgiving yesterday was roast beef, molasses and bread, and probably tasted as good as any supper in Vermont did. . . . as far as I am concerned, if the girls were only here, soldiering wouldn’t be at all hard to take.”
And finally, he passes on word from her husband:
“Don’t let anybody have that sleigh. Also – don’t go up to Capt King’s to sew – not a bit! Also – send your miniature, and Em’s too, as soon as you can – probably means that for me.”.
Very Good. Item #008671
The 13th Vermont Infantry was a “nine-month” volunteer unit that served from October 1862 to August 1863. Although its tour was short, its service was distinguished. In late June, 1863, the unit marched north after Robert E. Lee’s Army of Virginia, arrived at Gettysburg, and entered the fray, saving an artillery unit from capture. It then advanced and captured two rebel guns and 81 prisoners. The next day, it played a pivotal role in stopping Pickett’s charge, leading General Abner Double to stand in his stirrups, wildly wave his hat in the air, and shout, “'Glory to God, glory to God! See the Vermonters go it!”.