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CIVIL WAR: UNION. ALS: "Corpl. H. [illegible]. Vandemark", 4p, 5x7¾, conjoined leaves. Camped near City Point, Virginia, 1864 August 7. To "Dear Parents one and all".

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CIVIL WAR: UNION. ALS: "Corpl. H. [illegible]. Vandemark", 4p, 5x7¾, conjoined leaves. Camped near City Point, Virginia, 1864 August 7. To "Dear Parents one and all". In full, with original spelling and grammar: "I now seat myself to write A few lines to you to inform you that I am well and I hope these few lines will find you well. I Received A letter from you wrighten the 31 of July I was glad to hear that you was all well. I think James E. has commenced Thrashing quite Early I Should hardley think that Grain was all Gathered yet there was very heavy Canonading last night but I have not heard what the Result has bin onley by flying Reports wich are not Relilable Some of these flying Reports are that the Rebls tryed to Blow up one of our forts but did not sucseed as our men mustrusted the Rebels where goin to Blow up the fort so our men went to work and Tunneled our fort and found the powder wich the Rebels had put under our fort and tooked it all out but A little wich they left in our room then went to work and Removed our Big Guns and placed wooden Guns in thire places it was not long Before the Rebes lit the match that leads to our fourt it did not hurt our fourt much as thire was not Powder Enough left in to hurt it as soon as the Rebes Saw that there Powder had Exploded they came charging Down on our fourt to take it but out men had fixed for this as Soon as they had got pretty close to our fort our men opened on them with three Batterys and they piled them up on heaps so they had to Retreat with A heavy loss This is onely a flying Report wich has come in camp Since this morning so you have it the same as I Received it but I think it is Good I will finish this in the morning as the mail is gone out for today Sunday morning: Augth 7 I will try and finish my letter I am well and I hope you are the same we have had inspection this morning last night we had A Splending Shower and it makes it quite coll I tell you it makes us Soldiers feel good to have A nice Shower for it Purifyes the air and makes it A great deal healthier for us the most trouble we have now days is the flies they are so thick that they most eat us up we have got to fight them night and day but It will not be many Months yet Before we will have A frost and then they wont Bother us I think we will get our pay this week but I would rather wait till we muster again that will be the last of this Month I Received A letter from bub this morning they where all well and I guess is some Afraid of the Draft I guess he thinks he had Better inlist I will not write any more this time as I want to write to Benjamin you must write often write and let me know weather James. E. and Isaiah is goin to Stand there Draft the Boys are well I will now stop." On July 30, 1864, Union troops had blown a gap in the Confederate defenses of Petersburg. Advancing Union forces fell into the crater, and the North suffered devastating losses as a result of the confusion. At the time of this letter, U.S. Grant was expanding his lines westward, but the photographer's following the war did not advance past City Point, where this letter was written. Later in August 1864, William T. Sherman left Chattanooga on his march toward Atlanta. The city surrendered on September 1, and was occupied by Sherman the following day, greatly bolstering Union morale. Creased with folds. Shaded at horizontal folds and mid-portion on first page. Ink smudged at some words, show through of ink. Minor stains at margin and several words of text. Overall, fine and interesting.

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