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  • Letters, 1862-1865, from Edward P. Flagg of Company F, 5th Pennsylvania Cavalry to his family at home near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, containing personal and regimental news; discussing Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885) and Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865); describing the siege of Petersburg and the fall of Fort Fisher near Wilmington, North Carolina; stating that deserters are entering Union lines; and commenting on camp life around Richmond, Virginia, in the days after the war. In the letters written in June and July 1865, Flagg writes that his commanding officers want to keep his regiment in the service for as long as possible
  • Letters consist of: a) 25 October 1862, discussing family news; b) 8 November 1862, concerning family news, describing camp life, and detailing a skirmish with Confederate troops; c) 24 May 1864, informing his family that he is better and describing the cannonfire and gunfire he can hear; d) 21 August 1864, containing personal news, informing his family he has reenlisted, and describing General Ulysses S. Grant; e) 5 September 1864, stating that his regiment has moved close to the Weldon Railroad and doing picket duty and that two men had been killed while on duty, discussing the upcoming presidential election and declaring that most soldiers prefer Abraham Lincoln's reelection; and containing personal news; and f) 27 October 1864, containing personal news, stating that the regiment has lost more men on picket duty, and noting that the army is preparing to move
  • Also containing: g) 22 January 1865, wishing the war was over, stating that several deserters are entering Union lines, mentioning the fall of Fort Fisher in Wilmington, North Carolina, and declaring that the Confederates are demoralized, h) April 1865, asking if his father had received the money he sent home; i) 3 June 1865, describing camp life near Richmond, Virginia, after the war, discussing when his regiment might be discharged; j) 13 June 1865, stating his regiment will turn in their mounts and begin provost duty in Richmond, wishing that he and the regiment could be at the military review in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and declaring he believes the regiment's colonel is trying to keep it in the army; k) 23 June 1865, describing provost duty in Richmond, wishing to come home, stating that Confederate soldiers have accepted the end of the war, also containing personal news; l) 8 July 1865, again stating that the regiment's discharge is not forthcoming, and sending personal news; and m) 28 July 1865, stating this is his last letter home because his regiment will soon be discharged
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Edward P. Flagg was the bugler for Company F, 5th Pennsylvania Cavalry. He was mustered into service at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 5 August 1861, and mustered out 7 August 1865.
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