August 1864 Letter by Major Harley H. Sage, 155th Ohio Volunteers (100 Days) on Prospects of Reenlisting the Regiment - July Raid on Elizabeth City, North Carolina

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August 1864 Letter by Major Harley H. Sage, 155th Ohio Volunteers (100 Days) on Prospects of Reenlisting the Regiment - July Raid on Elizabeth City, North Carolina

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An interesting August 1864 letter written by Major Harley H. Sage of the 155th Ohio Volunteers, a 100-day regiment. As the regiment’s term was drawing to a close, Sage wrote to two gentlemen back in Ohio about the prospects for reenlisting one or two companies worth of men, “however the men are all anxious to get home and if we succeed in getting home promptly at the expiration of our term of service, much can be done.” He then described the regiment’s July 26 expedition to Elizabeth City, North Carolina, in which Sage “had two hundred and fifty of my Regt. and 400 of the 1st U.S. Vols and two sections of the 8th N.Y Indept Battery under my command to act in concert with the 20th N.Y. Cavalry under command of Col. [Newton B.] Lord.” They returned to Norfolk, he wrote, with “about one hundred thousand dollars worth of cotton and about two hundred head of horses. Bully for the 155th O.V.I.” The letter reads:

Head Quarters 155th OVI|
Camp Near Norfolk Va
Aug 4th 1864

Gents
You communication of the 30th ult was received yesterday. I would say in reply that I have not the least doubt in the world that one company can be raised and believe that it will be very little trouble to raise two. Not much can be done here, however the men are all anxious to get home and if we succeed in getting home promptly at the expiration of our term of service, much can be done. I would suggest the propriety of having war meetings in the different townships that have companies in in my Regt as soon after our return as possible and practical. Anything I can do to assist in raising men to fill the quota of our country will be done cheerfully. My men are well satisfied at this time and are all right.

We have just returned from a raid into North Carolina. I had two hundred and fifty of my Regt. and 400 of the 1st U.S. Vols and two sections of the 8th N.Y Indept Battery under my command to act in concert with the 20th N.Y. Cavalry under command of Col. [Newton B.] Lord. We established head quarters at Elizabeth City N.C. and the cavalry scoured the country for 40 miles around. We returned to camp on the 8th day from the time of departure, accomplished our purpose and not a man killed or wounded. Some few of the 1st U.S. deserted. We brought with us about one hundred thousand dollars worth of cotton and about two hundred head of horses. Bully for the 155th O.V.I.

We expect marching orders by the 12th. All getting along very well.
Respectfully
H. H. Sage

The letter was written on three pages of a stationery sheet measuring about 5” x 8”. It is in excellent condition with very light toning. Creased where originally folded. Includes the original stamped cover postmarked Norfolk.

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