New York Soldier Tells His Sister They Plan to Finish the War Soon. Those four legged Grey backs have about played out but there is a plenty of two legged ones here yet.... We are going to try & Cleanse out these Johneys this summer & come home next winter. Autograph Letter Signed, to his sister Mary A. Slade, March 10, 1865, 3 pp.
Weather here that I ever saw it has rained 7 days steady Those four legged Grey backs have about played out but there is a plenty of two legged ones here yet & we expect every day to have a turn with them I dont care how soon for my part It is so awful mudy now that we cant? Addison Richard Slade joined Company E of the 2. New York Heavy Artillery in January 1864. Joshua Slade was a private in Company G of the 152.New York Volunteer Infantry, and Charles Slade was a private in Company E of the 2. New York Heavy Artillery participated in the siege of Petersburg, Virginia, from June 1864 to April 1865. By the time Slade wrote this letter, the Union siege lines extended far south and west of Petersburg. On March 25, Confederates briefly captured Union Fort Stedman east of Petersburg, but Union forces quickly counterattacked causing four times as many Confederate casualties.
On April 1, 1865, Union forces attacked the far right flank of Lees army defending the pivotal South Side Railroad, one of the last Confederate supply lines to the besieged city. With victory there, General Ulysses S. Grant ordered an attack along the entire Confederate line on April 2, which led to the flight of the remnants of Lees army and the surrender of Petersburg on April 3, and of Richmond later that same day. Despite Slades prediction that it would take the summer to Cleanse out these Johneys, Lees Army of Northern Virginia surrendered on April 9, thirty days after Slade penned this letter. He married Betsey, and they had two sons, George born in 1856, and Walter born in 1863, before Betsey died in October 1863.
He enlisted as a private in Company E of the 2. New York Heavy Artillery in January 1864, at Unadilla, New York. He was wounded on May 19, 1864, at Spotsylvania, Virginia. He was discharged with his company in September 1865. By 1870, he had remarried to Louisa, with whom he had at least one daughter in 1869.She later married Ross M. 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. More than 10,000 rare manuscripts, documents, maps, and books handled by Kaller are now in institutional and private collections including working drafts of the United States Constitution, Lincoln-signed copies of the 13th Amendment and Emancipation Proclamation, and rare prints and broadsides of the Declaration of Independence. Kaller is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA), the Professional Autograph Dealers Association (PADA), the American Antiquarian Society, the Manuscript Society, the New-York Historical Societys Chairmans Council, and the Papers of Abraham Lincoln Advisory Board. Everything we sell comes with our absolute guarantee that it is original and authentic.
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The item "Civil War Letter from New York Soldier to his Sister about Ending the War Soon" is in sale since Thursday, January 3, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Civil War (1861-65)\Original Period Items\Other Civil War Original Items". The seller is "sethkaller" and is located in White Plains, New York.This item can be shipped to United States.