FEBRUARY 1862 UNION SOLDIER LETTER—PRIVATE HENRY L. COOLEY, CO. “C”, 2ND VERMONT INFANTRY [GETTYSBURG REGIMENT]

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Dated “Camp Griffn, Va. Feb. 8th 62.” Addressed to “Sister Hellen.” 2 pp. in ink on lined paper, 5” x 8. Exhibits fold-marks, Else VG.

Henry Cooley was a resident of Brattleboro Vermont  who enlisted and was mustered as a private into Co. “C”,  2nd Vermont Infantry, 6/21/1861.He died of disease, 1/11/ 1863. His 2nd Vermont was mustered in Burlington in June 1861. After the Battle of Bull run in July 1861, the 2nd Vermont fought in nearly all the major battles of the Army of the Potomac and was present at Gettysburg [active in repelling Picket’s Charge]. Mustered out July 15, 1865, the Regiment lost during service 224 men killed or mortally wounded and 175 by disease for a total of 399.

In this brief letter asks his sister to send cough syrup and remarks on the scruffiness of captured rebel cavalry. As follows:

“I wish that mother would send a little bottle of cough medicine and send them by Albert when he comes for I have got a bad cough . The cavalry that go with us brought 13 rebels and their horses day before yesterday. They were dirty ragged looking fellows. There is no snow here now but I had rather wade through a foot snow than through the mud we have here…”

Brief camp letter home from a private of the 2nd Vermont. In protective sleeve. [JP] [ph:L]

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