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c.1862 - 13th Mass. Infantry - letter of Taynter family Genealogist – Dean W. Tainter



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c.1862 -  13th Mass. Infantry - letter of  Taynter family Genealogist – Dean W. Tainter (Image1)
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This soldiers letter is authored by Dean W. Tainter while serving as a Pvt. of Co. A 13th Mass. Volunteer Infantry. His four page letter is legibly penned from Camp Jackson in Williamsport, Maryland and is dated, Feb. 15, 1862. Tainter had entered service on July 20, 1861 as a twenty-five year old bookkeeper / genealogy author (see: A History and Genealogy of the Descendants of Joseph Taynter by ‎Dean W. Tainter* [1859] ) who according to his letter had passed up potential advancement in the 16th Mass. in favor of commitment to the 13th as it was composed of American born Boston boys among whom was many of my friends and, was about to start without delay. Further expressing the recruits common sense of patriotism and eagerness to help keep the old flag flying Pvt. Tainter advises, I have not regretted my choice yet for the 16th did not leave until Sept. and have remained at Fortress Monroe inactive ever since while we have been in the Potomac from Washington to the Penn. line, had two or three brushes and won for ourselves a name. Tainter writes of a book he had written and comments to the reader regarding his post Civil War plans advising that your scheme about the Museum attracts my attention but he has talked of wool growing out west. Tainter states though, that Antiquities touch a week point in my human nature and advises that he would like to see an inventory of the material which you have to form a Museum. Indeed, Pvt. Tainter seems to have more heart for antiquities than growing wool as he goes on to write more on the subject, eventually circling back to expressing once more a desire to see an inventory for the proposed museum. No deep dish Civil War content but the letter is complete, an easy read and offers interesting insight. Of interest is that according to the HDS database Tainter was discharged for promotion on May 28, 1862 and was commissioned into the U S Navy on that date. We did find record of Navy service as Acting Ensign but will leave research of his Civil War Navy service to the new owner of his letter.
* Dean W. Tainter’s letter offered here is addressed to Charles M. Taintor (yet another spelling variation) who authored an earlier published (1847) Taynter / Taintor / Tainter family genealogy titled The Genealogy and History of the Taintor Family, From the Period of Their Emigration From Wales, to the Present Time. Both works have made their mark and have been considered important enough to be republished through time. Both are currently well represented in print and on the internet. In addition to mentioning his own effort at authorship in this letter Dean Tainter recounts a request received for purchase of the work of both men.
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