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Jacob W. Hart 47th Indiana Volunteer Infantry and 93rd USCT War Date Letter to his Wife


Item No. AR27263 Category


Three page war date letter written by Jacob W. Hart who would serve in both the 47th Indiana Volunteer Infantry and the 93rd U.S.C.T. Written to his wife while encamped at Berwick, Louisiana on October 18th, 1864. Jacob would initially enlist as a corporal with the 47th Indiana Infantry in December, 1861. He would be present with the regiment from his date of enlistment through July, 1863 seeing a fair amount of action. Island Number Ten, Port Gibson, Champion Hill, Vicksburg and the Bayou Teche Campaign. During that time he would receive several promotion attaining the rank of 2nd lieutenant by July, 1863. The following month he would take a leave of absence in order to wed his wife Jennie Branyan. He would return to duty that September and be discharged for a promotion to 1st lieutenant in Company E., 25th Corp De Afrique which was later re-designated the 93rd U.S.C.T. Jacob would be present with the regiment beginning in October, 1863 through May, 1865 although he would serve a short stint on detached duty as an engineer at Berwick, Louisiana in July and August, 1864. In May, 1865 he would resign his commission. Written in bold ink, the letter is rather harsh with Jacob scolding Jennie throughout the entire length of the letter for various reasons. Mainly for the fact that she has failed to send him his trunk in a timely fashion, but also for the choice of clothing she had sent him and for failing to send him her photograph which he had requested. He also addresses the letter “Dear Companion” rather than “Wife”. One gets the feeling that there wasn’t much love lost by Jacob for his new wife. He appears to have been a rather harsh and demanding man at the very least. This one is written on larger stationary than we normally see measuring 12″ x 8″. The original cover is also included. A photo copy scan of both Jacob and his wife Jennie is included, however I do not have the original copies. Full service records are included.

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