Letter

Date:
September 24, 1861
Creator:
A.E. Lapham

Transcription: "Eagle Hill, Sept. 24/ 61 / I received your kind leter baring date of 16. Was verry glad to heer from you and heer fro(?) that you well. I received a leter from DHL. She wrote that _J was verry sick with the fever though it a doutful case if he recovers. I hope that the next mail will fetch me a leter stating that he is getting well but I feer it will be that he is gon to the land of the sperrits. If it is gods will to take him why should I murmer. I should not but since I herd that he was so sick I havnot slept seers (?) enny perhaps that I mid hav slept better but I am quite sick myself. I expect to come home next weak if I am not beter but I haap that I shall bee better soon fore thare would not bee mutch fun in cumming home sick for the goverment is obliged to pay mi bills unless thay discharge me from the rigement. I will cloas by wishing you good by, this from AE Lapham to his sister HH Lapham, Derect to AE Lapham Co. D, 5 Rig., ME, Alaxandria, VA, Pleas write soon". Written on unlined bi-fold paper with the upper half of the front page taken up by a woodcut portrait of General George B. McClellan in black inside an oval frame of alternating red stripes and blue stars, blue spread eagle at top of frame with E PLURIBUS UNUM banner, crossed US flag and muskets with wreath and banner at bottom, wreath reads "Gen'1 McClellan"; folded, slightly soiled and yellowed on front and back pages.

Description (physical):

L 20.5, W 12.5 cm

Location:
1195 Baltimore Pike Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
2010.0005.0050
Institution:
Gettysburg National Military Park

Welcome To The Hour Of Conflict: William Cowan Mcclellan And The Ninth Alabama

Date:
2007
Creator:
Carter, John C.
Publisher/Studio:
Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press

Welcome the Hour of Conflict: William Cowan McClellan and the 9th Alabama by William C. McClellan, Edited by John C. Carter Letters from a young Confederate in Lee's Army. In the spring of 1861 a 22-year-old Alabamian did what many of his friends and colleagues were doing?he joined the Confederate Army as a volunteer. The first of his family to enlist, William Cowan McClellan, who served as a private in the 9th Alabama Infantry regiment, wrote hundreds of letters throughout the war, often penning for friends who could not write home for themselves. In the letters collected in John C. Carter's volume, this young soldier comments on his feelings toward his commanding officers, his attitude toward military discipline and camp life, his disdain for the western Confederate armies, and his hopes and fears for the future of the Confederacy. McClellan's letters also contain vivid descriptions of camp life, battles, marches, picket duty, and sickness and disease in the army. The correspondence between McClellan and his family dealt with separation due to war as well as with other wartime difficulties such as food shortages, invasion, and occupation. The letters also show the rise and fall of morale on both the home front and on the battlefield, and how they were closely intertwined. Remarkable for their humor, literacy, and matter-of-fact banter, the letters reveal the attitude a common soldier in the Army of Northern Virginia had toward the day-to-day activity and progression of the war. John C. Carter includes helpful appendixes that list the letters chronologically and offer the regimental roster, casualty/enlistment totals, assignments, and McClellan's personal military record. John C. Carter is a Civil War enthusiast and independent researcher employed by Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia.

Location:
6125 Boydton Plank Rd.Petersburg,Virginia 23803
Institution:
Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier

Letter Opener

This letter opener was a souvenir from Yosemite National Park. Yosemite Valley was first legally protected in 1864, and officially made a National Park in 1890. The completion of the Tioga Road in 1915 provided Owens Valley residents a shorter route to visit Yosemite during the summer months.

Description (physical):

Metal. L 13, W 1, T .2 cm

Location:
5001 Hwy. 395 Independence,California 93526
Identifier:
MANZ 4117
Institution:
Manzanar National Historic Site