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Phelps, Diton (fl. 1861-1864) to Don

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03523.49.09 Author/Creator: Phelps, Diton (fl. 1861-1864) Place Written: Langley, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 15 February 1862 Pagination: 4 p. ; 18.4 x 22.3 cm.

Summary of Content: Writes from Camp Pierpont. Wants Don to visit and see what camp life is like. Tells of the different kinds of societies that exist in camp. Inside the tents he states that there is usually gambling and card playing, even amongst the officers and with those who are under arrest. Discusses the Lieutenant Forrest trial. Says that some of the charges against him were sustained; however, they [the army?] were not satisfied and have brought more charges against him. The first court-marshal resulted in a reprimand from General George McCall. The Lieutenant was found guilty of using disrespectful language towards a superior. States that the Lieutenant "told Capt in presence of the camp he would have a God dammed good time reducing Sergt Perkins to the ranks." Comments that he does not like Captain Bradley or Lieutenant Forrest. Writes that "this Southern Confederacy is about played out." Reports that they hear good news from General Ambrose Burnside's expedition. Comments that they will never try to take Manassas, Virginia; instead they will surround them and starve them out.

Background Information: Diton Phelps enlisted as a private on 15 May 1861. He mustered into "F" Co. PA 35th Infantry. He was mustered out on 11 June 1864 at Harrisburg, PA.

People: Phelps, Diton, fl. 1861-1864
McCall, George Archibald, 1802-1868
Burnside, Ambrose Everett, 1824-1881

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesSoldier's LetterUnion Soldier's LetterMilitary CampGamblingSports and GamesMilitary LawConfederate States of AmericaUnion General

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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