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Phelps, Diton, fl. 1861-1864 to Edith M. Phelps

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03523.49.04 Author/Creator: Phelps, Diton, fl. 1861-1864 Place Written: Washington, District of Columbia Type: Autograph letter Date: 11 August 1861 Pagination: 4 p. ; 20.5 x 25.5 cm. Order a Copy

Writes to his sister from Camp Gibson. Says that they are placing a masked battery about a mile from camp. Writes that they are clearing an area of trees that is about a mile in width. Says that 14 men out of his company were chopping down trees yesterday and today. Reports that they are about nine miles from Fairfax Court House where there is a rebel camp. They have picket guards in place between them and the rebel camp with the bridge being heavily guarded. Describes an impending battle that General [Winfield] Scott is planning. He is preparing a masked battery to relieve the picket guards from the bridge and allowing the Confederates to cross. The battle is expected to be near the camp which is about nine miles from Washington, up the Potomac River. Comments that he and the boys are anxious to engage the enemy. Speaks of another man named Eugene and his regiment arriving to camp. Says that Eugene and his regiment had a little skirmish in Piedmont, Virginia where they killed eight Virginian horsemen. Writes of camp life and how they have some "mean" men. Tells of an incident involving a slave and a few of the men. A slave was sent into town to sell some apples for his master when their men ran into the slave. They grabbed the bag of apples and dumped them out and ate them all. Written on paper depicting the capitol and the words, "UNITED STATES CAPITOL."

Phelps, Diton, fl. 1861-1864
Phelps, Edith M., fl. 1861

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