New York Cavalry Trooper from Elmira - Six Months Before It Became Hellmira. A New York cavalry private writes home about arriving in Elmira shortly after enlisting. The commandant briefly placed him in charge of one barracks before he traveled to Virginia, where he was mortally wounded in action before the end of the year. Autograph Letter Signed to Jacob Dudden, January 25, 1864, Elmira, NY, 4 pp.I left Troy Saturday the 9. We stayed all night in the cars as there was no room for us in the barracks. Sunday morning we marched to the Warehouse Barracks where I stayed five days. I was appointed seargent [sic] of the second floor containing some three hundred men. Friday I was taken to these barracks. But that evening Col Brooks sent over an order for me to report to these headquarters for duty and for my name to be struck off the pay rolls. I accordingly reported to Col Brook who commands these barracks when he ordered me to take charge of Barrack No. I get along very well with the men now although when I first took command they were rather unruly.
I made them all put out the lights. And all talking to stop after that until morning; also for them to turn out promptly in the morning at roll call.
I had to put two men in the guard house the second night & to place some of the others on police duty. Everything goes on smoothly now. I can eat whenever I have a mind to. There is some seven or eight thousand men here at present, & more coming.
The Circumlocution office is located here & in full opperation & doing a big business just now. The weather is very warm & the the snow has mostly melted. Tom Sheridan & Ed Welch are with. Also S Colburn who is Seargent under me I have not seen any other L boys out here Lansingburgh will loose. One man in Sherwood of Johnsonville who enlisted for L He has had a fit and if he lives the government will undoubtedly throw him out, as he was subject to them before enlisting.The Regt has gone to Harpers Ferry Please write on recpt of this to me at this place. Res[p]ects to Eb & the others Yours in haste. Dudden, Esqr / Lansingburgh / NY / Care / E & C Wood. Camp Rathbun or Camp Chemung was a thirty-acre Union Army training and muster facility at Elmira in south-central New York. Because of its proximity to the Erie Railway, the Northern Central Railway, and the Chemung River, Elmira was convenient for assembling the states soldiers before sending them south. As Union forces advanced South, the need to house more Confederate prisoners forced the state to convert Barracks No. 3 into a prison camp. In July 1864, it accepted its first contingent of prisoners of war. Originally designed to hold 5,000, it would eventually house over 12,000 Confederate prisoners. The facility lacked food, clothing, and medical care, and the death rate topped 25 percent as a result of malnutrition, disease, and exposure. Eventually, Hellmira earned a reputation as notorious in the South as Andersonville Prison was in the North. Woodlawn Cemetery, named a national cemetery in 1877, holds the remains of the 2,963 Confederate prisoners who died at Elmira. By 1862, he was a surveyor in Troy, New York. His family were brush-makers, and the firm of E. Wood (named for his uncle Ebenezer and his older brother Charles) produced brushes of all types for over sixty years from the 1850s to 1915. In January 1864, Wood enlisted as a private in Company L of the 21. He was appointed a sergeant in July 1864. On November 22, he was wounded at the Battle of Roods Hill in General Philip Sheridans campaign in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
Wood died of his wounds on December 7, 1864, at Winchester, Virginia. When General and former President Ulysses S.Wood sent them on account of my share for services ending April, 1865, a reference to Grants role in Union victory, and concluded I owe you this for Appomattox. Historic Documents and Legacy Collections. For over 20 years, Seth Kaller has been one of the countrys largest buyers of important historic documents and artifacts.
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