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Coit, Charles M. (1838-1878) to his family

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03603.070 Author/Creator: Coit, Charles M. (1838-1878) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 28 January 1862 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Mentions the boredom and laziness of being aboard the ship. The men pass time between meals by playing checkers and reading. Writes that Captain Harland has shared that he believes General Burnside is attempting to join the division with another group of "loyal men" on land. Harland believes that the time the division is spending on board the two boats is meant to give the other group of soldiers a chance to organize and prepare for their arrival. Written on board the ship "H. J. Brookman," in Hatteras Inlet.

People: Coit, Charles M.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Civil War, Military History, Union Forces, Infantry, Union Soldier's Letter, Soldier's Letter, Literature and Language Arts, Sports and Games, Maritime, Transportation, Union General, Military Camp

Sub Era: The American Civil War