1862 Civil War 4-page letter from a wagon driver in the 11th New York Cavalry (Scott's Nine Hundred; First United States Volunteer Cavalry) with some racist wording. I wold rather live hear than at the North. I want you to tell my folks to write me for I will not write to them any more for I have (not heard) from them and received no answer if they have got mad and will not write, I want to know it. I will come home some time.I want you to tell what rigment that Charley Dingman enlisted in and give me the directions so that I can write to him. I may see him for I go through the country a good deal. I have lots of fun down he all by myself. You may think that I have a hard schlep and you are not much out of the way.
Negars by the hunderd down hear and wenches lots of em big fat ones. I got to when I was down to port tobacco and brought them in the waggon to camp to miles north of Washington. I have got four gray horses to drive.
And I do drive up hill some times. I drove them from port tobaco to Washington in one day and that is seventy two miles and I had my to neggars in the waggon and they looked cind of pale before they got their. We have lots of fun with them. We make them dance every night and they can dance like the devil.
Write to me and let me know how marred life souts you. Direct Camp Relief scotts 900 rig Cavalry Co. In Care of liutened Allen. Thar a hard thing to get down hear.Is and long John McKnight is. Andrew Fox enlisted on 8/29/1862 at Buffalo, NY as a Private & mustered into M Company of the NY 11th Cavalry. He was transferred to Company L on 10/20/1862 and was promoted to Wagoner.
He was mustered out on 7/25/1865 at Rochester, NY. A yaller girl was a mulatto, a person of mixed-race.
Port Tobacco is a town in Charles County, southern Maryland. During the Civil War, Port Tobacco became known as a stronghold of Confederate sympathizers, although Union troops occupied the town. Charles Dingman; 21 years old.Enlisted on 8/28/1862 at Chili, NY (a suburb of Rochester) as a Private. On 9/13/1862 he mustered into "I" Co. NY 140th Infantry He was mustered Out on 6/3/1865 at Alexandria, VA. CONDITION: Good+ to Very Good- with cross-folds and some 1/2 to 1 inch seam splits at the folds.
SIZE: Measures approximately 5 x 8 inches. The item "1862 Civil War Soldier Letter 11th New York Cavalry Wagon Driver Racist Language" is in sale since Friday, March 20, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Civil War (1861-65)\Original Period Items\Correspondence, Mail".
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