Soldier’s Letter, 10 pages, 8vo., “Christmas Day Dec. 25/ 1862”. Herbert Merriam (Co. H, 44th Massachusetts Infantry) writes a detailed letter to his Mother pertaining to the Battle of Kinston, North Carolina.
“…The taking of Kinston was really war, seeing the dead and wounded did not shock me as much as I should suppose. I went to the rear of the house near the bridge which led to the town, where they were amputating men legs, union & sesesh together…
The rebels made quite a resistance to our entering the city, the 45th reg. losing quite a few men, and the 10th Conn. charges the enemy and lost 100…
The enemy were on the opposite side of the river, the artillery were firing on them besides infantry…”
For full transcription of the letter, please see the scans.
Fully legible pencil. Excellent content. Comes with the original postally used cover/ envelope which bears the unit’s handstamp.