1862 Letter by Private Richard B. Blodgett, 1st United States Sharpshooters - "if I ever get out of the army you will never catch me signing away my liberty again"

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1862 Letter by Private Richard B. Blodgett, 1st United States Sharpshooters - "if I ever get out of the army you will never catch me signing away my liberty again"

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Item No. 5235751

An interesting June 1862 letter from Private Richard B. Blodgett of Company G, 1st United States Sharpshooters, to his parents. The letter was written during the Peninsula Campaign while the regiment camped near the Chickahominy River. Blodgett discusses several other men from his company including Lieutenant Charles Shepard, John D. Tyler who was wounded at Second Bull Run, Taylor D. Melvin who died of disease a week later near Gaines’s Mill. Blodgett himself would be captured at the Battle of Gaines’s Mill at the end of June and placed in a Richmond POW camp, where he died of disease in the mid-July. Also mentioned in the letter are friends the Crooker brothers of the 6th US Cavalry, brother George Blodgett of the 8th US Infantry, and Frank Livingston of the 1st Minnesota. The letter reads:

Camp on the Chickahominy
June 8th 1862

Dear Parents
I received your letter last night and was glad to hear from you. Cos G & C are now attached to Gen. [William B.] Franklin division to remain till this affair here at Richmond is settled. We came up night before last. I should judge you have not received the letter I wrote the 6th of May and enclosed $10.

We have been paid off again and I sent $10 in a package of [Lieutenant] Charlie Shepard to his father. You will receive it either from him or Henry Munger. I am glad to hear that George likes soldiering but I must say he has a strange liking. I will say one thing if I ever get out of the army you will never catch me signing away my liberty again no matter what the circumstances are. This being tied down so we have to look up to a miserable little snot isn’t no place for a man of sense. Now I tell you may think I am homesick but before you see me you will have plenty of time to learn you suppositions are unfounded You thought so last winter when John Tyler saw you, so he told me since he came back.

I saw Frank Livingston (Pitts) a couple of weeks ago. He belongs to the 1st Minn[esota] Sedgwick’s Division. He is all right. The two Crooker boys are down here. When we are going back form Hanover Our House I rode with Herman C nearly 10 miles on a baggage wagon which he drives. William Sweet wants me to say he is all right. So are the rest of the Union boys except Taylor Melvin who is quite sick with the fever back to the old camp.

I can’t think of anything to write so I will close by asking who is Pa the master of this year. Jones I presume.

From your son
R. B. Blodgett

The letter was written upon 4 pages of stationery measuring about 5” x 8”. It is in good condition with spotty toning, foxing, and minor soiling. There are also a couple of small holes.

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