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Painter, Heber (1841-1900) to his aunt

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02016.047 Author/Creator: Painter, Heber (1841-1900) Place Written: New Bern, North Carolina Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1 February 1864 Pagination: 4 p. ; 25 x 20 cm.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02016.047 Author/Creator: Painter, Heber (1841-1900) Place Written: New Bern, North Carolina Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1 February 1864 Pagination: 4 p. ; 25 x 20 cm.

Summary of Content: Written to his aunt, Mrs. George A. Frick (Rebecca Frick). He writes that a battle is currently raging in New Bern and the Rebels are at an advantage. The rebels, advancing during the previous night from Kinston, opened fire on the Union soldiers at Batchelder's Creek. Various Union regiments have been driven back by the rebels. The townspeople and negroes are being armed in preparation for battle. He has heard rumor that the enemy force is at 15,000. A lieutenant colonel, officers, and soldiers have been lost. Reports that the river below Washington is blockaded. Continues writing 2 February and reports that the rebels have attacked and destroyed the gunboat "Underwriter." Suspects that the rebels will try to take New Bern but is doubtful that they will succeed. Asks his aunt to not be concerned for him.

Background Information: Before joining the service, Painter was a trained printer from Danville, Pennsylvania. He was mustered as a private into F Company of the 58th Pennsylvania infantry on 8 October 1861 and transferred ...to I Company on 1 March 1862. While in I Company, he was promoted to Sergeant and eventually mustered out on 21 January 1866 as First Lieutenant. Painter also held a post as Quartermaster's clerk, and performed freedman duties shortly after the war ended. See More

People: Painter, Heber, 1841-1900
Frick, Rebecca, fl. 1803-1862

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: BattleSoldier's LetterMilitary HistoryCivil WarUnion ForcesUnion Soldier's LetterConfederate States of AmericaSlaveryWeaponryAfrican American HistoryAfrican American TroopsDeathBlockadeNavyFreemen

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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