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

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03603.308 Author/Creator: Coit, Charles M. (1838-1878) Place Written: Petersburg, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 10 August 1864 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Requests more "light reading" and remarks on having read Uncle Tom's Cabin. Writes that he has received his new horse. Notes that 56 of the 100 recruits sent from New Haven have arrived and are about to begin training. Writes about the condition of the new recruits, saying that not one was American, but rather Irish, French and German. Comments that it seems his valise and papers have fallen victim to an explosion during delivery.

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, Children and Family, Library, Uncle Tom, Abolition, Slavery, African American History, Transportation, Recruitment, Immigration and Migration, Military Supplies, Woman Author, Literature and Language Arts

Sub Era: The American Civil War