UNION SOLDIER LETTER—PRIVATE ISAAC PRINDLE, CO. “B”, 5TH CT. INFANTRY

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Dated “Hospital / Baltimore, MD / Monday Nov. 4th, 1861.” Addressed to “Dear Parents.” 2 pp. in ink on unlined paper w/colored patriotic motif in upper left corner, 5” x 8. Exhibits fold-marks, ink slightly faded, while remaining entirely legible.

Isaac Prindle was a resident of Simsbury, CT, who enlisted and was mustered in as a Private in Co. “B”, 5th CT. Infantry, 6/21/1861. He was listed as wounded (place not stated) 10/18/1862, and was discharged for disability, 9/2/1862.

Prindle’s regiment, the 5th CT. was mustered in July 1861. The following year it served in the Dept. of the Shenandoah and with Gen. Pope’s Army of Va., participating in the Valley Campaign against Stonewall Jackson’[s forces and engaged at the Battles of Cedar Mountain and Second Bull Run. After which it was attached to the 12th Army Corps with which it was engaged in the 1863 battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg [in action on Culp’s Hill, July 2 & 3, 1863]. After which i transferred to the Western theater, joining Sherman’s Army for the Atlanta Campaign and its March through the Carolinas, and being engaged at  the Battle of Bentonville and present at Gen. Johnston’s Confederate surrender. During service the unit lost 110 men killed and mortally wounded and 83 men by disease for a total of 193.

In this brief letter, written from a Baltimore Hospital, Isaac Prindle mentions his wound, which was received while on outpost duty somewhere on the upper Potomac in the autumn 1861.  Obviously, this wound will fester eventually lead to his discharge for disability less than a year later.

Text: “My wound is doing first-rate it does not pain me much. It is commencing to discharge pretty freely I have not yet got it out of the sling yet [Obviously an arm wound].  I received a letter from Margaret to day and one from Mary last Friday. Mary says that Frank is going in the 12th Regt. I hope he will have good luck…”

Solid 5th Connecticut collectible. In protective sleeve. [JP] [ph:L]

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