FOUR LETTERS FROM 26TH MICHIGAN SOLDIER

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Offered here are four letters written in ink and easily read; and accompanied by typed transcripts.

The soldier is Phillip Patterson who enlisted in August of 1862 and served with the 26th Michigan Infantry until June of 1865. The regiment was in the defenses of Washington, DC, and was sent to New York City during the draft riots. After that the unit was sent to the 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac for the duration of the war.

These letters are mostly short answers to letters received from "Emma". Letters date from October 12, 1864 to March 12, 1865. From about the time the regiment was sent to fight, Phillip was on detached duty in Alexandria, Virginia, as the first letter states. The final letter mentions seeing Lincoln's inauguration as well as his thoughts on Lincoln, that the rebellion is dying, and dislike for the style of the southern ladies.

Phillip Patterson dies an unusual death in Flint, Michigan in 1895. An article copied from his "Findagrave.com" page details that he was crushed to death (if not cut into pieces) by slipping and falling under the wheels of a train car. [jet] [ph:L]

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