UNION SOLDIER LETTER—CAPTAIN DAVID CUNNINGHAM, CO. “B”, 30TH OHIO INFANTRY

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Dated “Camp chase / Aug. 17th 1861.” Addressed to “J.B. Shotwell., Esq.” One page in ink on lined paper, 5” x 8. Exhibits fold-marks, and small tape mend. Else VG

David Cunningham enlisted at age 25 and was commissioned as Captain into Co. “B”, 30th Ohio Infantry, 7/30/ 1861.  He was promoted to Major, 11/29/1862 and transferred to Field & Staff and resigned 9/20/1862. His unit served initially in West Virginia, was transferred to Pope’s Army of Virginia and was engaged at the Second Battle of Bull run, and later at Antietam. Transferred to Sherman’s western Army, 15th Corps, the 30th Ohio participated in the Atlanta Campaign, the March to the Sea and through the Carolinas. During service it lost 128 149 by disease for a total of 277. Major Cunningham resigned and left the regiment just after the Battle of Antietam, September 1862.

In this letter, Cunningham writes J.B Shotwell of his appreciation of the latter’s assistance in finding recruits, but informs him his assistance is no longer required.  Text:

“Since writing you yesterday we have to 12 new recruits which make us easy so that unless you can geta few men without much  trouble you need not kill yourself to get them up, our company is full & all right. Gen Hill is Com here he keeps all the men on guard so that we have none left for any other purpose. The 27th leaves on next Monday our reg. has 3 companies sworn in. Write and let me know how your are getting along. Yours / DC.”

Solid  early war camp correspondence from a Captain of the 30th Ohio.  In protective sleeve.  [JP]  [ph:L]

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