[CIVIL WAR] Archive of a Union doctor's letters.
Approximately 32 autograph letters, a few with crossed text, written from 5 April 1863 (at Lancaster, KY) to 2 February 1865 (at Alexandria, VA) from a Massachusetts doctor "George" in a Union regiment (possibly the 44th or 45th) to his sweetheart Miss Sarah G. Hooper, Bridgewater, Mass. All housed in a modern binder. Most sheets about 9 1/2 x 8 inches; many with original covers. Generally well preserved and legible, only the first with losses and old repairs, a few with redactions, several letters are toned not affecting legibility, two at end somewhat faint.
The archive opens with a long letter written at camp near Lexington, Kentucky where the doctor describes his route south and also a "squad of two hundred rebel prisoners, taken in the fight at Somerset ... they had no uniforms, few had blankets ... they had plenty of Confederate money and parted with it freely..." Many letters follow from camp at Mt. Vernon, Kentucky, before moving to Knoxville, Tennessee in September 1863, which contains a description of the Battle of Limestone Station: "our boys had to surrender - only a few escaping. We lost as prisoners Col. Hays, Adjt. Rings, Dr. Johnson, 6 Capts, 8 Lieuts, and 200 men ... this is a severe blow to our regiment." There is a gap in the letters from December 1863 to January 1865 when, writing from Columbia, Tenn., George reports being made "Medical Director of the Post of Columbia" with a hospital containing 140 patients. George was also put in charge two other other hospitals, one containing rebel wounded abandoned by Hood's retreat. The final letters are dated from Alexandria, VA as the regiment begins to work its way homeward.
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