June 1864 Letter by Private Daniel J. Taft, 82nd Pennsylvania - Cold Harbor - "We have got artillery enough in position here to bury the Rebs all under"

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June 1864 Letter by Private Daniel J. Taft, 82nd Pennsylvania - Cold Harbor - "We have got artillery enough in position here to bury the Rebs all under"

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A short June 1864 letter by Private Daniel J. Taft of the 82nd Pennsylvania. Taft’s regiment had participated in the bloody assault of June 3 at Cold Harbor and, since then, had been strengthening their defenses while the Confederates did the same. Taft mentioned a friend, Ed Tarbox, who was “shot through the head on the 3rd and died almost instantly.” The fortifications constructed by both sides were formidable. “If they should open the ball here again,” he wrote, “there will be music for the deaf I tell you, for we have got artillery enough in position here to bury the Rebs all under.” The letter reads in full:

Near Cold Harbor Va
June 10th 1864.

Friend Calvin
Perhaps it might interest you somewhat to hear again from the 82nd. Since I wrote you last we have had some pretty rough times, but the boys from about Wrightsville I think are all right except Ed Tarbox, he was shot through the head on the 3rd and died almost instantly. Our reg. was advancing on a charge when Ed was killed. Since the 3rd there has not been much fighting here except skirmishing, but we have been fortifying on the big side. If they should open the ball here again, there will be music for the deaf I tell you, for we have got artillery enough in position here to bury the Rebs all under.

I suppose we are only about 8 miles from Richmond, but I have an idea it’s a rough road to travel.

Nothing more at present. Write as soon as you receive this, and address to the 4th Brigade, 1st Division, 6th Corps, Potomac Army.
Respectfully,
D. J. Taft

The letter was written on two pages of a stationery sheet measuring 5” x 8”. It is in excellent condition with light toning. Creased where originally folded.

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