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William H. Broughton letters

William H. Broughton letters, 1862-1865
William H. Broughton letters
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Four letters, 1862-1865, written by William H. Broughton (1845-1882), an officer in the 16th Maine Infantry Regiment, Company D, to his father. On 21 December 1862, writing from a camp near the King George County (Va.) Court House, Broughton discussed the possibility of his receiving a commission, his pride in the regiment's charge in the Battle of Fredericksburg, and casualties from that engagement. A 7 June 1863 letter, written from White Oak Church, Stafford County, Virginia, contains speculations on Confederate troops on the move nearby, whether Brigadier General Joseph Hooker (1814-1879) planned to engage them, and the reason behind the 94th New York Infantry Regiment's recent transfer to Acquia Creek. Broughton's 31 May 1864 letter details a grueling month of marching and fighting in battles at the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, North Anna River, and Totopotomoy Creek. Finally, his February 1865 letter tells of picket duty service and his near-involvement in Second Hatcher's Run, 5-7 February 1865
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William Henry Broughton was born on 4 August 1845 in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine, the son of William S. and Frances Broughton. He enlisted with the 16th Maine Infantry Regiment, Company D, on 14 August 1862. He was promoted to sergeant in 1862, second lieutenant on 31 December 1862, and first lieutenant on 1 December 1863. Broughton spent time as a prisoner of war after being captured at Weldon Railroad, Virginia, on 13 August 1864. After his parole, he was made a captain on 9 November 1864. Broughton mustered out on 5 June 1865 in Arlington Heights, Virginia, and returned to Portland, where he was working as book keeper in 1870. By 1880, he was running an eating house in Chelsea, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, with wife Alice L. Broughton (b. ca. 1853) and their children, George (b. ca. 1875) , Bessie (b. ca. 1876), Leila (b. ca. 1877), and William D. Broughton (b. ca. 1879). William H. Broughton died on 27 January 1882 in Portland, Maine.
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