1862: John Linzy Fish to John Blaney Fish

This letter was written by 22 year-old John Linzy Fish (1839-18xx) — a member of the 1st New Hampshire Light Artillery Battery. John enlisted in September 1861 and was killed at Fredericksburg on 13 December 1862. John was the son of John Blaney Fish (1811-1875) and Mary Holmes Barrett (1818-1905) of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. Birth records … More 1862: John Linzy Fish to John Blaney Fish

1862: John Frederick Pierson to J. T. Pierson

This letter was written by John Frederick (“Fred”) Pierson (1839-1932),¬†the son of a New York steel merchant. Fred joined the New York National Guard in 1857 (7th New York Regiment, Co. “K”), but once the Civil War broke out, he was attached to the 1st New York Infantry, Co. “H,” as a lieutenant. He quickly … More 1862: John Frederick Pierson to J. T. Pierson

1862-64: James Philander Walker to James Alexander Walker

These letters were written by Dr. James Philander Walker (1826-1892), the son of Joseph Culton Walker (1786-1841) and Lucretia Fletcher (1790-1851).¬†Joseph was born in Adair county, Kentucky, on 6 April 1826. His father removed to Illinois and settled on a farm in Sangamon (now Logan) county in 1830. Seven years later found the Walker family … More 1862-64: James Philander Walker to James Alexander Walker

1862: Surgeon’s Certificate by Isaac White

This interesting surgeon’s note was written in July 1861 by Capt. Isaac White (1837-1889). Isaac was born in Charlottesville and graduated in 1859 from the Medical College of Virginia. He married Mary Virginia (“Jinnie”) Day (1840-1922) on November 6, 1860. He and Mary bore two sons, John Day White (1864-1923), and George White. On May … More 1862: Surgeon’s Certificate by Isaac White

1862: George Everett White to Elisha Stone White

This extremely rare letter was written while lying on the battlefield at Fredericksburg by Pvt. George Everett White (1843-1895) of Co. K, 120th New York Infantry. He wrote the letter to his parents, Elisha Strong White (1806-1869) and Jane (Doane) White (1812-1885) of Ashland, Greene county, New York. During the Battle of Fredericksburg, the 120th … More 1862: George Everett White to Elisha Stone White