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Civil War Letter & Cover Indiana 12th Infantry Soldier On Travel & Camp-life. For Sale
PLEASE NOTE: This week we are selling property from a great collection, celebrating Abraham Lincoln and the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War. S on any of this great, historical Americana!Civil War Soldier ALS & Free Franked Cover to LaFayette Indianapolis. 4p. letter, 7 7/8 x 9 3/4", sent from D.W. Thomas, writing from "Camp near Downstown H.D.", Sept. 4th, /61, addressed to Leslie C. Kirkpartick of LaFayette, Ind. (addressed from cover). Mr. Sharmas writes stating his writing previously to Leslie "…when we were at Indianapolis in Camp Sullivan…", going on to mention postal affairs in the regiment were not great. Later goes on to discuss camp life, "…From Indianapolis we were ordered to Evensville (sic) on the Ohio River where we were quartered awhile. When we were sent down the river some thirty miles to Mount Sermon…When we received orders to march to Indianapolis again, where we received our pay were transferred into the U.S. Service for the remainder of our year…We passed through Dayton, O. where the citizens of the place met (sic) us with provisions of the best quality from where we passed through Columbus…we passed pleasantly until we reached Pittsburg where we changed cards for Harrisburg. We passed slowly up the western slops of the Alleghenyies (sic)…We passed safely over Allegharnies + Blueridge Mountains, passed from Harrisburg to Baltimore + there we received orders to go to Harpers Ferry…I have been to the ferry + saw the arsenal which was burned…The regiment camped there in what is called pleasant valley for some four weeks where we began to move towards Washington + we are now twenty miles from Washington close to the Potomac river. I can hardly tell you anything about the murder of men here in our immediate camp there are some fifteen thousand + at Washington there are one hundred + fifty thousand armed men. There will probably be a general move made soon, but how soon I can not tell." He goes on to discuss some friend attending a St Wayne College and ends with "As I will have to go an drill now soon I will have to close too the present….I hope I may return but if I do not I think you will hear of me falling at my post in defense of the dearest rights of the American people.". With Free-franked cover, marked MC at top-right (Member of Congress), of William Mitchell, Indiana Representative.Taken from Civil War Database; David W. Thomas, a resident of Allen County IN, enlisted on 5/15/1861 as a Private. On 5/15/1861 he mustered into "G" Co. IN 12th Infantry. He was Mustered Out on 5/19/1862 at Washington, DC. Twelfth Infantry Indiana; This regiment was organized at Indianapolis in May, 1861, for one year, was mustered in May 11 and left for Evansville June 11, to take the place of the 11th regiment for blockade duty. It left the state on July 23, for Sandy Hook, Md., where it was assigned to Abercrombie's brigade, Banks' Army of the Shenandoah. The regiment was in camp at Pleasant Valley and Hyattstown until Sept. 11, when it moved to Williamstown, where it was on picket and outpost duty by companies, with frequent skirmishes, until March, 1862. It then marched for Winchester, skirmished near there on the 11th, and was the first regiment to enter the town the morning following its evacuation. It engaged in various movements until April 3, was then in camp at Warrenton until May 5, and was mustered out at Washington on May 14. Its original strength was 788; it gained by recruits, 244; total, 1,032. It lost by death, 22; desertion 83; unaccounted for, 1. The regiment was immediately reorganized at Indianapolis for the three years' service, and was mustered in Aug. 17, 1862. It left the state a few days later, to meet the threatened invasion of Kirby Smith, and participated in the battle of Richmond, Ky., where it lost 173 in killed and wounded. After the exchange the regiment moved for Holly Springs, Miss., and marched to the Tallahatchie River in December. It was stationed at Grand Junction in Jan. 1863, and in the spring was placed on duty at Collierville, Tenn. It was assigned to Logan's (15th) corps, Army of the Tennessee, and moved to Vicksburg in June, remaining in the trenches until the surrender. It then moved to the Big Black River, where it remained until Sept. 28, then went to Memphis and participated in the march to Chattanooga. In the battle of Missionary Ridge it lost 110 in killed and wounded, then joined in pursuit of Bragg to Graysville, GA, where it was ordered to the relief of Gen. Burnside at Knoxville. It remained in camp at Scottsboro, Ala., from Dec. 26, 1863, to May 1, 1864. In the Atlanta campaign it was engaged at Resaca, New Hope Church, Dallas, Kennesaw mountain, and Jonesboro, losing 240 men killed and wounded between Dalton and Atlanta. It joined in pursuit of Hood through Georgia and Alabama and on Nov. 14 moved for Savannah. After the surrender of that city the regiment joined in the campaign of the Carolinas, being engaged at Columbia and Bentonville. It then marched to Raleigh, Richmond and Washington, and was mustered out at the last named place June 8, 1865, the recruits and drafted men being transferred to the 48th and 59th regiments. The original strength of the regiment was 948, and it gained by recruits, 384; total, 1,332. Loss by death, 293; desertion, 8;unaccounted for, 13. Taken from bioguide.congress.gov; William Mitchell (1807 - 1865); a Representative from Indiana; born in Root, Montgomery County, N.Y., January 19, 1807; attended the public schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1836; moved to Kendallville, Noble County, Ind., and commenced the practice of law; appointed first postmaster of Kendallville December 7, 1836, and served until a successor was appointed March 7, 1846; member of the State house of representatives in 1841; justice of the peace; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1861-March 3, 1863); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1862 to the Thirty-eighth Congress; engaged in the cotton business; died in Macon, Ga., September 11, 1865; interment in Lake View Cemetery, Kendallville, Ind.Original creasing with typical foxing, cover shows rubbing to corners with minimal wear, as shown, overall fine condition. Needless to say, this is a genuine original, period piece, not a copy or reproduction. 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