1861 Letter - Young 7th New York Cavalry Recruit Seeks Mother's Consent to Enlist

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1861 Letter - Young 7th New York Cavalry Recruit Seeks Mother's Consent to Enlist

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Item #SQ0086024

Offered here is an interesting 1861 Civil War soldier letter written and signed by Private Harlan P. Martin of the 7th New York Cavalry. He wrote to his mother to update her on his activities and to request that she send her consent for him to serve, as he must have been near the minimum age. In full, the letter reads:

Camp Strong Oct 30th 1861
Troy N.Y.
Dear Mother
I write you a few lines to let you know that I am well. i arrived Friday night. I got Harve Wing to carry me out to Comstocks and he charged me 75 cts. We have good accommodations here we have barracks to sleep in. I passed muster and was sworn into the service on the 22nd. i feel more contented here than where I was before. I am in the same company with the boys from Hartford. Dennis is here we have not got our uniforms yet, but expect them every hour. We will leave here for the fore front of next. Whether we will go to Washington or not I do not know. some think we will go to Staten Island, but I do not know. Probably we will not go far below New oak. We have Prayer meeting every night and a great many are being converted. I was down to Uncle Hiram's last night. I went down to Truman's with Rod Harris, and he got me to go down to Uncle Hiram's. he went down with me. Grandmother is well. Aunty Wing is up to Lansinburgh. I have not seen her. They told uncle Hiram's folks that when I enlisted before that you did not [know] that I was going till after I enlisted and when you write again to them I wand you to tell them different, for you know that we got Leroy to carry us out on purpose. Uncle Hiram tries to get one not to go. They talked pretty hard against my going, but I am going. Our Lieutenant wants me to get a written consent from you to go and I wish you would send it. I am bound to go and if I could not go in this I would go some where else. It is pretty cold. I must now close with soon and send me your consent.
Give my love to all enquiring friends
so good bye
Address Harlan P. Martin
Camp Strong
Troy, N.Y.
Care of Capt [William] Shaw
Company F

Records confirm Martin enlisted in Company F on October 22, 1861, at West Granville, New York. He was mustered out on March 31, 1862 at Washington, DC.

The letter is written on three pages of 5" x 8" stationery sheet. The paper is in good sturdy condition, not stiff, and not particularly delicate even at the folds, where creases remain.

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