1862 Letter - 18th Massachusetts After Antietam - Private Edmund F. Churchill

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1862 Letter - 18th Massachusetts After Antietam - Private Edmund F. Churchill

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Item No. 3589781

Offered here is an interesting 1862 Civil War letter written by Private Edmund F. Churchill of the 18th Massachusetts Volunteers. When the letter was written, Churchill’s regiment was in the vicinity of Sharpsburg, Maryland, where the Battle of Antietam had been fought two months earlier. Churchill mentions hopes of being near Washington for the winter. He also discusses the fruit harvest compared to his home in Plympton, Massachusetts. His brother Theodore (32nd Massachusetts) visited. The letter reads, in part:

Camp near Sharpsburgh Md.
Oct 29th 1862.

Dear Charlotte.

Your letter of the 23d was received yesterday morning. Enclosed was the .50 all right. You need not send any more as I shall not need it. We expect to move from here soon. Don’t know where we shall go, but hope it will be in the direction of Washington. But we never know any thing of where we are to stay when we get on a march. We may bring up in the “Old Dominion” or what is more probable we may winter near W[ashington]… This is a pleasant day and everything out looks as it does at home in September. The leaves are just beginning to fall. We have not had but two fruit yet. I suppose at home all the fruit is gathered & plenty of it. Wish I could stray in to old Plympton for a few hours & enjoy myself eating apples & pears. We get apples here but they are not so good quality to our home apples... I suppose it seems lonely there now, so many of the young men having gone off…. I’ll hot hold any correspondence with her while I serve U[ncle] Sam. When I get home I may be on speaking terms and I may not… I have just been to see Hiram C. & Even Vickery off. They are now on their way to a hospital. Hiram is all run down [and] no better than a pine rail. Even is down with the “runites.” … Saw [Brother] Theodore Sunday. He was over here. There is not much to write here, but I always like to write home if I only let you know that I am well… Do not send another box until we get in to winter quarters, as we are not likely to get one until things are all quiet when we are not under marching orders, as we are now…

From your Bro.
Ed. F. Churchill


The letter was written upon three pages of a 5” x 8” stationery sheet. It is in excellent condition with very little wear to edges and corners. Little foxing and toning. The ink is quite faint, but remains legible.

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