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Wood, Matthew (fl. 1862-1865) to Sarah Wood

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02176.09 Author/Creator: Wood, Matthew (fl. 1862-1865) Place Written: Knoxville, Tennessee Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 13 November 1863 Pagination: 4 p. ; 20.1 x 25.1 cm.

Written from around Knoxville, Tennessee to his wife. Mentions rebel citizens are rumored to be stealing soldiers' mail. Talks of new clothes, his battalion's shabby outfitting, hopes of buying socks for a dollar with his new pay. Mentions nearly freezing on picket duty and wearing his blanket as an overcoat. Says soldiers are also so hard up they steal, describing an event in which his revolver was stolen.

Matthew Wood served in the Ohio Ninth Cavalry with Burnside's army in Tennessee, and William T. Sherman's army at the burning of Atlanta and capture of Savannah.

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