1862 Letter - Private Solomon Gregg, 1st Delaware Volunteers

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1862 Letter - Private Solomon Gregg, 1st Delaware Volunteers

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Item No. 8914009

An interesting 1862 letter written on patriotic stationery by Private Solomon Gregg of the 1st Delaware Volunteers. Written from the regiment’s camp near Fort Monroe, the letter describes the miserable rain, cold, and mud Gregg encountered on the Peninsula—more dismal, even, than the Philadelphia, Washington & Baltimore railroad, he wrote. Conditions were such that regimental drill wasn’t even possible. Only picket and camp guard duty were performed. The letter reads:

Feb 5th 1862 Camp Hamilton
Near Fortress Monroe Va

Mr Draper
Dear Sir
I set down to write you a few lines to let you know that I am still on the land of the living. We are on the barren shore of old Virginia. A more dismal place than the P.W. and B. railroad. It is mud here now in the roads some places two feet deep. We have almost continual wet weather here. We have not drilled any for now two months. We have not much to do but eat and sleep, though picket guard comes every ten days and camp guard every three weeks. Our picket line is mud up to our knees. You remember the day I was out in Newark. I got home safe except I run in to a wagon and broke my carriage and had it to pay for. Give my best respects to friend Willie and tell him to write to me and you must be sure to write to me and tell me all the news in civil life. You must excuse this short letter. I will send you a longer one when you write to me. Give my best respects to all inquiring friends. No more at present but still remain your friend
Solomon Gregg

Write soon
Direct your letter to Solomon Gregg 1st Del regiment Company B in care of Capt Leonard
Camp Hamilton Near Fortress Monroe Va

The 2-page letter was written on both sides of a lined stationery sheet measuring about 5 1/4” x 8”. It is in very good condition with some foxing and toning, along with creases where it was originally folded. The patriotic motif is of an eagle with American flag over the phrase, “The Star Spangled Banner—Long may it wave.”

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