Lot 16    

Civil War Letters Between Henry VanBuren, NY 137th Inf., WIA Gettysburg, & Girlfriend
2/3/2011 - ONLINE American History Timed Auction
Lot of 13 letters, plus assorted documents. Henry Van Buren mustered into F Co., NY 137th Infantry, as a Private on 9/3/1862, was promoted to Corporalin March 1863, wounded at Gettysburg on the second day of fighting, and transferred into the Veteran Reserve Corps on 1/1/1865. The letters date from his first few weeks of his service until the middle of 1865 and include important content relating to war and poltical climate as well as his relationship with Miss Emily Fields. All letters include envelopes and Miss Fields' originate predominately from her home in Mt. Vision, NY, near Cooperstown, while his come from Camp Susquehanna, NY, Ayer's? Landing, VA, et. al. The couple were apparently fervent supporters of former Union general George McClellan's anti-war pro-negotiation platform in the election of 1864, as Emily laments in one letter, dated Sept 18th/64, that she can hardly afford anything making girls wages picking hops, but we expect when little Mac IS ELECTED we shall have things at their old prices so WE COPPERHEADS talk is GLORIOUS NEWS THAT.
Also included in the lot is a muster-out roll for "E" Co., 5th Wisconsin Vols, including pay and status information on 32 soldiers, and five blank administrative schedules including Abstract of Purchases, Abstract of Contingencies, Abstract of Issues to Hospital, Account Current, and Return of Commissary Property.


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