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Fairchild, Lewis D. (b. 1829) to Sephronia Fairchild

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03523.06.08 Author/Creator: Fairchild, Lewis D. (b. 1829) Place Written: Petersburg, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 30 October 1864 Pagination: 2 p. : envelope ; 24.9 x 19.8 cm.

Summary of Content: Fairchild writes to his wife from camp "right in front of Petersburg," Virginia. Writes about heavy fighting; "our boys mowed the Rebels down like wheat" and took two thousand prisoners. Reports that one hundred volunteers charged and captured a Rebel fort. Comments that the cannon fire intense, noise deafened him for two days. States they are cutting off road and railroad access. Offers his opinion on domestic matters, including the purchase of new chairs and a set of china.

Background Information: Fairchild enlisted on 4 January 1864 at Exeter, New York as a private. He was mustered into "L" Co. New York 2nd Heavy Artillery.

People: Fairchild, Lewis D., 1829-?
Fairchild, Sephronia, fl. 1864-1865

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesUnion Soldier's LetterSoldier's LetterFortificationHealth and MedicalArtilleryRailroadInfrastructureBattleBattle of PetersburgChildren and FamilyConfederate States of AmericaDeathPrisoner of WarHome Furnishings

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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