F 98 Guerillas, May 25. 1863, All quiet on the Newport River, S. Skinner writes to his Friend Mate about the playful dealings with Negroes and the capturing of a boat. Also included is a beautiful patriotic cover with a detailed poem that begins, We are coming, Father Abraham.
Cover is possibly not associated with the letter. I was right smart glad to receive a letter from you.
I have heard of that soldier boy you spoke of. He sometimes dreams of attending paring bees playing snap and Ketcham. I should like [to have] been with you and Opal on that grand escape you spoke of. I suppose it was a strategic movement. I didnt understand as you captured anybody.
I took a tour up the Newport River, four or five miles, up through the woods. We captured a boat up the work in the woodsWe are pleasantly situated at present. I should be contented to stay here as long as I stay in the serviceThe 98 guerillas are mostly well and in good spirits, wide awake and full of fun.The boys have lots of fun with Darkeys that pass by. They ask them if they can sing, dance or play the banjoThey can make music.
They are a harmless innocent class of beings. Make them believe or do anything. The boys fool them the worst way, make them believe that one of us is the Chaplain of the 98. That he will preach to them at such a timeTell them that Uncle Sam will be thereThey say they will do anything for the YankeesS.SkinnerDirect to CP 98 Regt. Comes with a beautiful patriotic Civil War cover with a poem to Father Abraham and a wonderful design of soldiers being led in a charge. Toning and light staining to the cover. Our goal is to please every customer. We are pleased to be members of The Manuscript Society, Universal Autograph Collectors Club and The Ephemera Society.
The item "98th NY Civil War Soldiers Capture Boat And Engage Playfully With Negroes" is in sale since Saturday, April 13, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Civil War (1861-65)\Other Civil War-Related Items". The seller is "bminnocci6mtm" and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped worldwide.