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Edwards, Oliver (1835-1904) to Eunice Lombard Edwards

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02163.07 Author/Creator: Edwards, Oliver (1835-1904) Place Written: Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 13 January 1863 Pagination: 3 p. ; 22.9 x 14.2 cm.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02163.07 Author/Creator: Edwards, Oliver (1835-1904) Place Written: Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 13 January 1863 Pagination: 3 p. ; 22.9 x 14.2 cm.

Summary of Content: Writes to his mother from head quarters, 37th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers. Appears to follow GLC02163.06 (also to his mother). Location inferred from content. Informs her that Lieutenant Colonel Montague (possibly George Montague) will deliver a flag given to Edwards by Mrs. Morewood. Requests that Mrs. Edwards add to the flag (in gold leaf) the names of battles in which the 37th Regiment has participated: Fredericksburg, Marye's Heights, Salem Heights, Gettysburg. Imparts further instructions regarding the flag to his mother, and inquires as to her health. Notes, "The Regts history for last year I wrote in a great hurry the night before I left for Cleveland you must not expect much for I do not like boasting." Reports that one of his best soldiers died the previous night from typhoid fever. Discusses personal matters, mentioning family members and sending his love.

Background Information: For biographical information pertaining to Oliver Edwards, refer to GLC02163. The 37th Regiment was part of the Army of the Potomac September 1862- July 1864.

People: Edwards, Oliver, 1835-1904
Edwards, Eunice Lombard, 1797-1875

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Battle of FredericksburgBattle of GettysburgMilitary HistoryCivil WarUnion ForcesUnion Soldier's LetterSoldier's LetterAmerican FlagBattleHealth and MedicalDeathDiseaseTyphoid Fever

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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