New Brunswick, N. Jersey: May 29th, 1864. Unbound. This four-page between sisters consolidates information received from their brother and a friend who were serving aboard Union steamships transporting fresh troops and wounded soldiers along the Rappahannock River following the Battle of the Wilderness at Spotsylvania, Virginia as General Grant continued his war of attrition against the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. In nice shape. Transcript included.
The letter reads in part:
“I have received two letters from Gene since I wrote home, one from Washington dated 15th and when he wrote he said they were going to Alexandria to coal up, and another dated 26th. . .. In his last he said they were going to take a regiment of soldiers to Port Royal for Grant, 600 strong. Poor fellows I don’t see for the life of me where they will all stow themselves. It is almost up to Fredericksburg distance about 200 miles from Alexandria, and when he wrote he was on watch, time 1 o’clock A.M. they were expecting them every moment . . . they did not come that night . . . nor all of the next day and he could not see any signs of there starting. He wrote that two or three steamers had started loaded with drunken soldiers and did not know but what the “Mount” would be next. . ..
Gene wrote that there are any quantity of torpedoes up the Rappahannock river and the Steamer Eagle, Capt. Bender, was blown up and every soul on her was lost or killed this past week. [He] said that while deeply regretting the loss of the ‘Eagle’ hoped the ‘D. H. Mount’ would escape a like fate. I feel awful anxious about them now. . .."
He says he wishes we could only be there and see the activity that prevails. The river is full of boats going & coming all hours of the day and night some on this errand and some on that and to see those loaded with soldiers bound towards Grant & those coming back loaded with sick and wounded heroes, victims of base cruel, and designing politicians. What a terrible record God will have against these double distilled murderers.
"He says night & day, week days and Sundays are all the same there. Sometimes I think Gene will get so hardened that he will forget that he has a Heavenly Father. . ..”.
Very good. Item #009541