1863 Soldier Letter - 14th New Hampshire Defending DC - Hatred of Army Doctors

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1863 Soldier Letter - 14th New Hampshire Defending DC - Hatred of Army Doctors

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Offered here is an interesting and long (nine-page) July 1863 Civil War soldier's letter written by Private George W. March of the 14th New Hampshire Volunteers to his father George H. March in Danville, New Hampshire. Written during the Gettysburg campaign, March's regiment was posted to the District of Washington and encamped at Camp Adirondack on the northeast side of Washington, DC. In the letter, March writes extensively about the problems with his health that limit him to light duty, his hatred for the surgeons, issues getting paid, and odds and ends from home. It reads, in part:

Our whole regiment have no confidence in our Surgeons and say that they know nothing and are mean also. They are hated and despised by us all…our Surgeon [William H.] Thayer is soon to be tried by a court martial for stealing and I think quite likely in several indictments. He is now at home on a furlough of thirty days…. I have now been on guard six days out of eight, being marked light duty by the Sgn. I have to be on but four hours out of twenty-four which is not hard as I can sit all the time if I choose, do not have to wear my cartridge box and am in camp also. I am not sent to the city on duty as I am not deemed able to go there yet. One of the best men and a good nurse to the sick of our company has offered to take me to the city h[ospital] – to one of the “big doctors” to be examined but I have not yet been…. I should think that all the girls in Danville were learning to make shoes. They will kill the trade for the men, I fear…. I do not want my medal unless we take the field and there is but little prospect that we shall do that at present…. I have been paid off three times since we have been here. You have received the allotment of two payments. We have found out the reason of the third allotments has not been paid. It is because the paymaster through mere neglect did not send home to Concord the payrolls; thus we have been kept out of our past due this long.

Includes original 3" x 5 1/4" cover (with stamp removed at some point). 

The letter was written upon nine pages (three separate sheets) of 4 3/4" x 7 7/8" stationery sheet. The paper is in good sturdy condition, not stiff, and not particularly delicate even at the folds. Very little wear to edges and corners. Strong, clear, legible writing in blue ink throughout. This is but the third letter in blue ink I've owned in 10+ years.

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