Lot of 13 letters from Charles A. Lamos of Company B, 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery, 1862-1865. Several with covers including two with patriotic imagery and one 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery cover. All but one letter sent to his sister Ann during his Civil War service. His letters often contain interesting battle details with colorful language. He excuses his lack of correspondence on August 4, 1864, while on Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley campaign, “we could not mail through without its being captured by the enemy, but at last we have succeeded in getting on their flank and they have skedaddled for Richmond where they will probably stay for a while.”
He saw action and was wounded at the Battle of Cedar Creek on October 19, 1864. He writes to Ann a few weeks later, “I got a slight wound in the leg in the fight of Oct. 19th, it troubles me more now than it did when it was first done. The Doctors says that I must keep still or I will have a bad thing of it. It was done by a piece of shell.” He also expresses his enthusiastic support for Lincoln in the same letter, “I suppose that you are all thinking about who will be our next President. I will tell you, Lincoln of course. We want a union. We are not making a president for the South but for the North, then let us as a company vote for Lincoln and have our rights or frightful years more. We can’t lose all that we have gained, nor we shan’t.”
While stationed at the front lines of Petersburg during the siege in 1865 he vividly accounts the meeting of the two armies: “...our main lines are within a stones throw of each other. The rebs have made several attacks on us but has been repulsed with heavy loss. We have a hard army here to which it is not boys place...I tell you sisters...the main armies of both the United States and the Confed are here, and here it shall end. Great will be the blood that will be shed on that day but we shall at last win. We are right and why shant we prosper.”
Some light singing to edges, some covers torn. Please note that Lamos's spelling has been edited for readability here.
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