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

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Dated “Camp Griffin / Linersville [?] Va. Mar 25th 62.” Addressed to “Sister Helen.”  2 pp. in clear pencil on unlined paper w/colored patriotic vignette in upper left corner. Exhibits fold-marks, else VG.

Henry Cooley was a resident of Brattleboro Vermont, mustered as a private into Co. “C”,  2nd VT Infantry, 6/21/1861,  died of disease, 1/11/ 1863. His 2nd Vermont was mustered in Burlington in June 1861. Following  the first Battle of Bull Run it fought in nearly all the major battles of the Army of the Potomac and was engaged 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 note Private Cooley wishes he had some chestnuts picked his sister and says he is coming home next summer. As follows:

“I think you and Lyman did pretty in picking chestnuts and wish I had some of them. I am coming home next summer but I must close now. Goodbye.”

In protective sleeve. [JP] [ph:L]

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