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Abraham Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address

Abraham Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address

Source: Yale University’s Avalon Project   Fellow-Citizens of the United States: In compliance with a custom as old as the Government itself, I appear before you to address you briefly and to take in your presence the oath prescribed by the Constitution of the United States to be taken by the President before he enters on the execution of this office.” I do not consider it necessary at present for me to discuss those matters of administration about which there…

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Yours Affectionately – January 28, 1863

Yours Affectionately – January 28, 1863

Met. Hotel N. Y. Wednesday Jany 28th 1863   My dear wife On Sunday night I succeeded in getting my papers through for a leave of absence for ten days. With the next mail I wrote to you to meet me at Albany coming by way of Springfield, writing to me both at Company Hall, Albany & Kingston so that I might meet you at Greenbush, opposite Albany. On Tuesday morning at 3 oclock I started with my horses for…

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Yours Affectionately – December 17-19, 1862

Yours Affectionately – December 17-19, 1862

Camp of 120th Regt NYS near Falmouth Va Dec 17th 1862 My dear wife The mail is just starting and I have written a letter to mother detailing the events of our fight & requesting her to forward it to you. I have but a moment to say that we have been engaged in a five days fight before Fredericksburgh, have crossed the river, and find it necessary to retreat to our former position on this side, which we have…

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Yours Affectionately – December 2, 1862

Yours Affectionately – December 2, 1862

Camp of 120th Regt N.Y.S. near Falmouth Va Dec 2 1862 My dear wife I have not heard from you in quite a while but presume there are letters from me in the mails which have been only partly delivered during the last week. We have joined the Army of the Potomac & am lying opposite Fredericksburgh two and a half miles from Falmouth. We are in the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 3rd Army Corps, 3rd Grand Division (Commanded by…

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Yours Affectionately – November 23, 1862

Yours Affectionately – November 23, 1862

Camp of 120th Regt N.Y.S. near Wolf Rim Shoals Va Sunday Nov 23rd 1862 Dear Mother Your letter was duly received and I have waited for an opportunity to answer as well as for the Carte de Visite which I received a day or so ago from Washington. Their only merit is to represent my daily appearance as I have worn or taken with me no other suit of clothes since our Regiment took the field on the first day…

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Yours Affectionately – November 22, 1862

Yours Affectionately – November 22, 1862

Camp of 120th Regt near Occoquan Nov 22 1862 My dear wife I received your letter of the 16th Inst. Enclosed. I send to you a Carte de visite taken at Washington which I have just received. It represents me in the only suit of clothes I carry with me on the march. We are halting here for rest after a severe march, during a continual rain storm of two days. One of the Captains in the Brigade to which…

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Yours Affectionately – November 11, 1862

Yours Affectionately – November 11, 1862

Camp of 120th Regt N. Y. S. near Manassas Junction Nov 11th 1862 Dear Mother We left Centreville last Thursday marching through this place to Bristow where we camped for the night & remained there over Friday, when we had a severe snow storm lasting through the day. On Saturday we marched to Warrenton Junction passing through Cattless. On Sunday night we returned to this place where we have since camped. I have received letters from Kingston in answer to…

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Yours Affectionately – November 5, 1862

Yours Affectionately – November 5, 1862

November 5th 1862   We received marching orders this afternoon to join the Regiment at Manassas Junction and not having an opportunity to send the letter as yet I open it to communicate this additional news. Our men have built very comfortable board huts for themselves in which they could remain for the winter, while around us are the log huts which quartered some 10,000 rebels last winter. Our men have collected already quite a number of good muskets &…

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Yours Affectionately – November 4, 1862

Yours Affectionately – November 4, 1862

Headquarters 120th Regt N.Y.S. Centreville Va Nov 4th 1862   My dear wife Last Saturday our Division was ordered to take the field. We marched in the evening to Annandale; barracked for the night without shelter or fire; started at day break the next morning and reached this place in the afternoon where our Regiment was left while the Division moved forward. Col. Sharpe is in command of the Post. His duties occupy his whole time. Today he transferred to…

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Yours Affectionately – October 26, 1862

Yours Affectionately – October 26, 1862

From Yours Affectionately,  C. D. Westbrook   Compiled by: Gary M. Ingersoll, Ph.D. Camp of 120th Regt N.Y.S. near Fairfax Semy Va Sunday Oct 26th 1862 Dear Harriet Your letter of the 19th was duly received. We are still on the same spot upon which we encamped after our return from Upton’s Hill, although we have been daily expecting to remove across the creek to more favorable ground for health about a quarter of a mile distant. The nights have…

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