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

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03603.226 Author/Creator: Coit, Charles M. (1838-1878) Place Written: Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 23 April 1863 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Writes that the regiment has established a camp near the portion of the river that they are trying to defend. Comments about Colonel Ward having command over a few regiments as a "compliment for his gallant behavior" when he took control of all the troops. Says that he is unsure of the "shape of the enemy" and that his field glass is very useful.

People: Coit, Charles M.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Civil War, Military History, Union Forces, Union Soldier's Letter, Soldier's Letter, Confederate States of America, Military Supplies

Sub Era: The American Civil War