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Pair of War Date Letters John Brown 2nd Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery


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Pair of two war date letters written by John C. Brown of the 2nd Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery. The regiment would be the largest regiment to serve for the United States during the war with a total of over 5000 men and officers counted among it’s ranks. John would muster with Company A at the end of August, 1862. The first letter is written in pencil on patriotic letter head. Written during the regiments initial creation at Camp Scott. It is not dated but details the camp and discusses a number of men who had already deserted. He also discuss their camp fare with nothing to eat but a few “plaster crackers”. His name given for hardtack. The second letter written in ink is dated January 8, 1863 in camp near Fredericksburg. John discusses some clothing he received that was sent from home and general discussion about every day life. Both letters are transcribed. The regiment would see action in Defense of Washington, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Fair Oaks, Bermuda Hundred and a few others. John would eventually be mustered out of service in June, 1865. Nice little pair of letters.

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