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1864 LETTER – Christian Commission Thank You from a 3rd U. S. Cavalry Bugler

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A nice personal item, this crisply penned and easily read three and a quarter page letter on 5 X 8 inch per page, U. S. Christian Commission stationary. Writing from camp in Huntsville, Alabama on February 19, 1864 trooper Henry Snell, Co. B Bugler, 3rd United States Cavalry is winding down his nearly three year hitch with the 3rd Cav. as he writes a Thank You to a lady who has donated That little bag which I received in the Sanitary today from you. Henry advises that they have a very fine Sanitary which he visits daily, further that they had a meeting as yesterday was Sunday and a pleasant Sunday it was. A great many Soldiers attended but very few citizens as they are pretty nearly all sesesh. Snell comments further that he should not think their Secessionism should prevent them from attending church. He comments that his Regiment is preparing for muster out however there are a great many soldiers in and around Huntsville. which belong to General Sherman. He continues to advise that if he were to write of all of the Hardships we ben through ---------- it would take me a month to write it. He writes that he has a memorandum book listing all of the battles he has been in his nearly three years of service and that he will copy and send it off. He closes by once more sending my sincere thanks a thousand times or more for the little bag you sent to our Sanitary for good and faithful Union Soldiers. Post signature, Henry asks his benefactor to write and offers his full address on the top quarter of the back page. Our quick research offered additional insight regarding Henry Snell (a. k. a. Henry A. Snell in some post war pension records) as we found that he enlisted on 7/25/1861 at age 18, as a Musician in Co. A 7th Illinois Infantry; transferred 8/20/1861, as 3rd class Musician 36th Illinois Band ; then, (date is not given but likely 1861 early 1862) he shows up as a Private Co. B 3rd US Cavalry where he seems to settle in serving nearly three years. Identified as a bugler in his letter and in muster and pension records, we’d guess that Snell continued to serve as a band musician or bugler as on December 14, 1863 he enlisted in the 62nd U. D. Colored Troops with subsequent service in the 64th U. S. C. T. and finally the 65th U. S. Colored Troops
A nice Civil War letter that will appeal to collectors of Sanitary Commission, band, Cavalry, bugler and U. S. Colored Troop material! . As with all direct sales, we are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!


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