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Painter, Heber (1841-1900) to his sister

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02016.048 Author/Creator: Painter, Heber (1841-1900) Place Written: New Bern, North Carolina Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 4 February 1864 Pagination: 4 p. ; 20.5 x 16.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Recounts the Battle at Batchelder's Creek. There was severe loss on both sides; 200-300 Confederates lost and about 1000 Union men lost at Newport Barracks. Reports that firing was heard in the direction of Washington, but does not know if Plymouth and Washington were attacked. The [Provost Marshal] armed and put blacks in the entrenchments while citizens patrolled the streets with arms. He has written to the portion of his family in Danville about the siege. Expects that he won't be going home anytime soon.

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

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: BattleSoldier's LetterMilitary HistoryCivil WarUnion ForcesUnion Soldier's LetterConfederate States of AmericaDeathAfrican American HistoryWeaponryFreemenSlaveryAfrican American Troops

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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