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E. S. Whitcomb Civil War Letter - 1863


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E. S. Whitcomb Civil War Letter - 1863


"The letter was sent to Mrs. Marry M. Stewart [Mary Stuart] from her nephew Ebenezer Stuart Whitcomb, E. S., as he called himself, wrote to his Aunt Mary from a Union Civil War camp near Portsmouth, Virginia where he was serving with the 16th Connecticut Volunteers."
The letter was sent to Assabet Village, later to become Maynard.
- Peggy Brown





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The text of the letter:

Camp Tennant
Near Portsmouth Va
Aug 18th '63

Dear Aunt - I now sit down to write you a few lines to let you know that I am well as can be expected this warm weather and hope that these few lines will find you the same. You will think no doubt that I have forgotten you but it is not so. I meant to write to you before this but kept putting off day after day until now. I think I shall make to write to you a few lines now to let you how I am getting along which is pretty well at present. The weather is pretty warm here as a general thing but today is quite cool to what it has been. We have a very pretty camp now. It is situated on the banks of the western branch of the Elizabeth River. It is very pleasant but very hot. We have plenty of all kinds of vegetables and have had plenty of all kinds of fruits but apples, them very scarce in this part of the country. Give my respects to Uncle Eben and all the family. You must excuse my short letter for I cannot think of anything more to write this time but will try to better next time. I shall have to draw to a close now.
This from your affectionate nephew. E. S. Whitcomb

Direct to E. S. Whitcomb
Company E. 16th Connecticut Volunteers
2nd Bridgade 2nd Division T. A.C.
Washington DC

Original Format

3 x 5 in. envelope
6.5 x 10 in. folded paper letter