The Resource !UNKNOWN LABEL

!UNKNOWN LABEL

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[1865?] Feb. 19
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[1865?] Feb. 19
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Letter, 19 Feb. [1865?], from Union soldier James Elton (b. ca. 1833) of the 207th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, Company B, to his Uncle Romeo Elton (b. ca. 1817). Written from Petersburg, Elton's letter tells of his having seen wounded soldiers returning from nearby fighting, possibly the the second Battle of Hatcher's Run, 5-7 Feb. 1865. Other topics include his participation in the building of breastworks, his uneasiness at the plunder of an elderly local man's house by Union soldiers, his religious faith, and his prediction that the war would soon end, given the increasing number of Confederate deserters
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Biographical or historical data
James Elton (b. ca. 1833) was born in Connecticut, but was living in West Burlington Township, Pennsylvania, by 1860. He enlisted as a private with the 207th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, Company B, on 30 August 1864. Beginning in January 1865, the regiment became a part of the Second Brigade, Third Division, Ninth Army Corps of the Army of the Potomac. Elton was listed as wounded on 2 April 1865 in the assault on Petersburg, Virginia, and mustered out on 31 May 1865 at Alexandria, Virginia. He may then have returned to Connecticut, from which state he later filed a pension application. Romeo Elton (b. ca. 1817) resided in Burlington, Hartford, Connecticut.
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Vi
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Letter
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!UNKNOWN LABEL
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  • The Library of Virginia
Extent
4
Immediate source of acquisition
Historical Collectible Auctions
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
001540988
System control number
65166201
Type of unit
p.

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