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David W. Sharpe letter

Identifier: MS-SC3766

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of a letter written by David W. Sharpe, a private in the 1st Connecticut Heavy Artillery Regiment, to his brother William Sharpe dated December 11, 1864, Fort Cummings, Broadway Landing on the Appomattox River, Virginia. It encloses a Confederate propaganda handbill signed by Samuel Cooper, Adjutant and Inspector General of the C.S.A., offering deserters from the U.S. Army food and safety. David received the handbill while exchanging papers with Confederate pickets.


  • 1864


Biographical / Historical

David Watson Sharpe (d. 1926, New Haven, CT) was born in Seymour, CT. In 1861 he enlisted as a private in Company B, 1st Connecticut Heavy Artillery, re-enlisted in 1864, and was mustered out of the service as a private in 1865. His regiment saw action in northern Virginia during the American Civil War, including the Siege of Petersburg.


1 folders (1 folder: .5 linear inches (.042 linear feet)) : 1 letter and 1 enclosure

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