Early 2nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Letter and Cover

$95

Item No. AR33754 Category

Description

Very nice early war letter written from Camp Dennison. Dated June 8th, 1861. Written by Phillip Beecher of the 2nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry. A 3 month regiment raised in April of that year following the fall of Fort Sumter. Phillip would muster with Company D at the end of April serving until August of that year in the defense of Washington. The letter for the most part details a visit by Phillips friend Thomas. Phillip was down at the river taking a bath at the time and was unable to visit with Thomas. He does mention that a soldier had drown down at the river that morning. He also speaks of rumors that the 3 month men would be sent back to camp to ride out the rest of their term. That rumor would prove false as the regiment would take part in the First Battle of Bull Run that July losing a handful of men. Very legible letter written in bold ink on patriotic stationary. It is accompanied by the original patriotic cover addressed to his friend Thomas James of Bloomville, Ohio.

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