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Tillotson, George W. (fl. 1830-1918) To his wife

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04558.063 Author/Creator: Tillotson, George W. (fl. 1830-1918) Place Written: Camp opposite Fredericksburg, [Virginia] Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 19 January 1863 Pagination: 4 p. ; 20 x 12.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Mail delays, marching orders given and countermanded, mutiny: "I hear this morning that we have a little bit of mutiny in our brigade. The 103d regt N.Y.V. last night burnt up all their cartridges. They say there a[i]nt an officer in the regiment that has got his commission and they declare they wont lead them into a fight. I wish the whole army of the Potomac would mutiny and leave for home, [I]'d go in a minute." Mentions sending "dogratype" (daguerreotype) in previous message.

Background Information: Tillotson was thirty-one years old when he enlisted as a corporal on November 5, 1861. He mustered in H company of the NY 89th infantry or Dickinson Guards and later promoted to ...Sergeant. He was discharged on December 18, 1864.See More

People: Tillotson, George W

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesUnion Soldier's LetterSoldier's LetterMilitary CampMutinyAmmunitionArmy of the PotomacPhotography

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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