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Painter, Heber (1841-1900) to sister Ella

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02016.071 Author/Creator: Painter, Heber (1841-1900) Place Written: Chaffin's Farm, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 23 December 1864 Pagination: 4 p. ; 25 x 20 cm.

Summary of Content: Reports that a large portion of the Army of the James has gone to sea, but he remains on land. Writes that he received a letter from Miss Lee informing him of the yellow fever epidemic that killed Painter's roommate and many others. Has issued an order to the company to have tents decorated with spruce for Christmas.

Background Information: Before joining the service, Painter was a trained printer from Danville, Pennsylvania. He was mustered as a private into F Company of the 58th Pennsylvania infantry on 8 October 1861 and transferred ...to I Company on 1 March 1862. While in I Company, he was promoted to Sergeant and eventually mustered out on 21 January 1866 as First Lieutenant. Painter also held a post as Quartermaster's clerk, and performed freedman duties shortly after the war ended. See More

People: Painter, Heber, 1841-1900
Painter, Ella, fl. 1844-1870

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Soldier's LetterMilitary HistoryCivil WarUnion ForcesUnion Soldier's LetterMaritimeWomen's HistoryDeathHealth and MedicalYellow FeverDiseaseHolidays and CelebrationsMilitary Camp

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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