Civil War letters

Civil War letters

Within its Civil War exhibits are the Museum’s collection of letters written home by local Union soldiers.  Joseph Fountain (age 44, 6th NH, Co. H) enlisted in December 1861 and wrote from the steamer “Northerner” in Roanoke, NC. 1st Lt. Alvah Mansur Kimball (age 32, 6th NH, Co. H) was from Rochester and wrote 40 letters to his wife Annie. Both Fountain and Kimball mustered out in 1863.  Sgt. Levi Newell Sawyer (age 21, 11th NH, Co. K) wrote to his mother from Spotsylvania, VA in 1864: “about 175 killed or wounded…Ben Webster is safe and well…tell his mother.”  Sawyer was mustered out in 1865 as a Captain. Against all odds, all three of these men survived the war.

Location: W3, Civil War Gallery

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