1862 SOLDIER LETTER - B.F. STALDER, 63RD OHIO INFANTRY

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4 page letter (1 folded sheet), in ink, measuring 7 3/4" x 12". Fine condition; paper has yellowed with age, with darker shades along fold lines. Scattered small holes along folds as well. All writing legible. Accompanied by typewritten transcription and brief research information.

Dated May 6, 1862, just prior to the Battle of Corinth. Letter is directed to the soldier's parents, Andrew and Fanney Stalder. He writes that his regiment has only about 30 men fit for duty and that the rest will not move forward to the campaign for Corinth. He mentions that they are camped in a swamp under deplorable conditions, that morale is low and "I wish to God the regiment would break up." Relates the tales of soldiers "cutting up and acting a fool" out of boredom. Contains other camp news; asks if the money that he sent home arrived. Stalder ends the letter with the closing "Son till death B.F. Stalder".

Benjamin F. Stalder was 20 years old when he enlisted as a private on 8/20/61; on that date he mustered into Co. A, 63rd Ohio Infantry. On 1/16/64 he transferred into Battery C, 1st Michigan Light Artillery. Re-enlisted 2/28/64. Discharged 6/24/65 at Detroit, MI.

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