1862 Letter- 34th New York - Written on Same Date as His Death?

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1862 Letter- 34th New York - Written on Same Date as His Death?

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Item No. 8336554

Offered here is an interesting 1862 Civil War letter written, evidently, on the same day as the man's death. It was written by Private John H. Crewell of the 34th New York Volunteers to his father at home in Denison, New York. The letter was written from a Philadelphia army hospital on August 22, 1862, which, interestingly, is the same date Crewell is listed as having died of disease in the same hospital. The letter is full of news about Crewell’s improving condition and the arrival of a large number of sick men, filling up their hospital. Whether Crewell died on the 22nd or the records are mistaken, the letter was written by a man who expected to be alive the next day. It reads, in full:

U.S.A. Hospital
Philadelphia August the 22, 1862

Dear Father,

It is with pleasure that I enclose these few lines to you to let you know how I am. I am better with he infection of my legs. I have got the Senmakes[?] in them and my arms but other wise I feel well but I am not strong. Now about the news there ain’t much. I have write to Philip but have had no answer yet but I expect one every day. There came in this hospital the 19th of the month 104 sick soldiers which has fill the house full. The sick soldiers that was here when you was here is all better now. I have been out in the city twice but I did not go but a little way. They had quite a time in the city yesterday for Colonel Jackson he went right through the city on his way to New York City.

This is all at present.
Good bye
Write soon
John H. Crewell
To H. J. Crewell Esq.


The letter was written upon two pages, front and back, of a 5” x 8” stationery sheet. It is in excellent condition with very little wear to edges and corners, other than the left edge where Crewell removed this sheet from its twin. Little foxing and toning. Creased where originally folded. Includes original cover shown.

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