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Sayles, Sumner (fl. 1862-1868) to Isora Skinkle

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03523.32.31 Author/Creator: Sayles, Sumner (fl. 1862-1868) Place Written: Vicksburg, Mississippi Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 2 January 1864 Pagination: 3p. : envelope ; 20.4 x 25.13 cm.

Summary of Content: Informs his sister that he is no longer with his company, that he has been detached to guard ordnance stores. Writes that he prefers it over staying with the company. Comments that he is not surprised that it takes two stoves to keep her and her husband warm since they are both very large and it probably takes a stove each to warm them. Complains about all the women getting married and says that there will not be any ladies left for the "poor soldiers." Discusses some of the men's drinking. The letter has a watermark on the top left hand corner.

Background Information: Sumner Sayles enlisted as a private on 9 August 1862. He mustered into "H" Co. IL 95th Infantry. He mustered out on 17 August 1865.

People: Sayles, Sumner, fl. 1862-1868
Skinkle, Isora fl. 1860-1868

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesSoldier's LetterUnion Soldier's LetterChildren and FamilyWomen's HistoryHome FurnishingsAlcoholMarriageMilitary Supplies

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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