Blanchard, Henry (fl. 1864) to Horace Blanchard
Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04881
Author/Creator: Blanchard, Henry (fl. 1864)
Place Written: Washington, D.C.
Type: Autograph letter signed
Date: circa 1 May 1864
Pagination: 2 p. : envelope ; 19.9 x 12.9 cm.
Summary of Content: Discusses troops movements and a baseball game.
Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877
Full Transcript: Dear Brother, I now take my pen to answer your Kind letter which was received with great pleasure by me. I am glad to hear you are well. We have received marching orders and probaly [sic] by this time tomorrow we shall be on the banks of the Rapid Am or away up towards Madison C.H. One year ago today at this hour (it is now about 6 ock PM) I was issuing amunition out to the rebels on Salem heights one round at a time. I have no particular desire to get into another hornets nest as that was. But when duty calls we must go. In my last letter I mentioned Burnsides Corp De Arme as being at Manassas Plains. It was true. The next day he marched down the  Railroad relieving the 5th Army Corps as he came along with his colored troops. He is now with the remainder of his force at Rappahanock [sic] Station, unless he has moved to day. The 5th Army Corps have [inserted: been] marching to day in the direction of Culpepper which makes me think we are going to move on to Lee’s left flank. Burnside has some Indian troops with him. I will give your compliments to the [con feds] at the same time I send mine over, in the shape of a Shalers sectional. Yesterday a Match Game of ball was played at 6th Corp Hd. Qrts. between a party from the Harris Light Cavalry and a party belonging to the Jersey Brigade. The Jersey Boys made 37 tallies, and H.L.C. 15 tallies. 9 innings each side. We had a fine little Hurricane accompanied [inserted on left hand side of page two: by a thunder shower last night. I wish you could have seen it, it was the most grand sublime and yet terrific phenomena I ever saw, but as my paper is becoming some what crow[d]ed I shall have to come to a stop or change base of operations. So I will stop writing. , Write soon. From your affct brother Henry [T.W]., [envelope], Mr. Horace K. Blanchard, Provin, R.I., Care L.D. Anthony & Co.
Keywords/Subjects: Civil War;, Military History;, Union Forces;, Union Soldier’s Letter;, Soldier’s Letter;, Sports and Games;
Sub Era: The American Civil WarOrder Image