American Civil War--Petersburg Campaign
Subject Source: Local sources
Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:
Collection — Box 68
Scope and Contents Letters mostly to his mother discuss the activities of his regiment stationed mainly in Virginia with many references to actions with "the rebs", picket duty and "in the trenches at the front" at Petersburg, Virginia. In Washington, D.C. mentions seeing Lincoln as he reviewed the troops. Last letters come from the Hampton hospital where he was a patient and then worked. He writes of his religious conversion and frequently discusses his faith. A few letters to other family including his "Uncle...
Dates: Created: 1864 - 1865
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.