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

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03603.267 Author/Creator: Coit, Charles M. (1838-1878) Place Written: Deep Creek, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 12 April 1864 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Describes a quiet camp and reading a novel called "Pique" until his candle went out at 4 a.m. Thanks her for sending a book called "Lady of the Lake." Describes singing hymns with the other officers and requests that he be sent his chess set from home. Notes that the regiment does not get very many recruits and that those they do get tend to desert. Writes that there is to be an execution of a deserter who Coit believes joined the Rebel side.

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, Art, Music, Theater, and Film, Literature and Language Arts, Military Camp, Library, Children and Family, Women's History, Sports and Games, Religion, Recruitment, Desertion, Confederate States of America, Death Penalty, Military Law

Sub Era: The American Civil War