Archive of seven (7) Civil War era items, including letters and diary of William Budlong, Rhode Island 5th Regiment Heavy Artillery, and General R.S. Ewell ALS. 1st item: Original Edition Clayton's Octavo Diary, for 1862, printed by E. B. Clayton's Sons, New York, belonging to Budlong. Partially filled, detailing his time aboard ships including the Kitty Simpson on January 8 and the USS Hunchback on January 17. He describes the events of The Battle of New Bern (also known as the Battle of New Berne) fought on 14 March 1862, near the city of New Bern, North Carolina, as part of the Burnside Expedition, writing "We got up from our wet bed in the woods and marched 1 1/4 miles and came onto their Batteries their [sic] the fighting began at about 7 1/2 O clock AM and it was a hot fight they were Drove [sic] from their batteries by the 21 Ma[s]s but they could not hold their Position…our 1st Lieut fell…and lost 2 boys". He mentions Brigadier General Ambrose Burnside (1824-1881) several times, writing "…at 10 o clock Gen Bernside [sic] came down on A steam tug cam [sic] along side in a small boat and Bade us good day was cheered…" on January 9, "…Gen Bernside [sic] and his Aids Came to be Carried to Newport…" March 26, and "…we had Dre[s]s Parade this Afternoon at 4 PM and two Complimentary letters one from Gen Bernside [sic] the other from Gen Parks…" on May 5. Other notations of interest include that "…Gen George Scott of Winsucket came on Board with Dan Curtis & Sargt Borden…" on Jan 21 and that they were "…calld [sic] to help the steamer Louisiana…" on March 11. 6 3/4" H x 4 3/8" W x 1 3/8" D. 2nd item: ALS. One page handwritten letter on lined paper. Concerns Abram M. Lambert, Virginia Infantry, 5th Regiment, Company C, stating that he is aged 24 years old, six feet, and with a fair complexion, requesting transportation between Staunton, VA and Orangr, CH [sic?]. Signed by General Richard Stoddert Ewell (1817-1872), Captain Thompson, and Captain Price, with inscription that the request was approved by order of General Lee, dated March 6, 1864. 11 3/4" H x 8 1/4" W. Note: The 5th Virginia Volunteer Infantry Regiment was an infantry regiment raised in Virginia for service in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. It fought in the Stonewall Brigade, mostly with the Army of Northern Virginia. The regiment was known as the "Fighting Fifth". 3rd item: Cabinet card fragment depicting a group of men, probably soldiers, with beards. 2" H x 1 1/2" W. 4th item: ALS. One page handwritten bifolium letter on lined paper with "United States Capitol" letterhead. From J. H. Perigo, Washington, D.C, to Anna, his niece, dated July 14, 1864. He writes of Washington, D.C. and his religious beliefs, stating "…Remember Anna that youth is the time to seek the Lord seek him then that your Mothers prayer may be answered that you might be saved from the Eveils [sic] of this world and meet her in heaven Above I have seen much of the depravity of the human heart since I have been here…". 8 1/8" H x 10 1/8" W. 5th item: ALS. One page handwritten bifolium letter on lined paper. From Joseph R. Vincent, Westerly, RI, to Anna M. Buel, dated September 9, 1863. He writes of his religious views and church involvement. 7 3/4" H x 9 1/2" W. 6th item: Excerpt from an Evangelist newspaper titled "Furloughs–A Soldier's Testimony. Camp Near Brandy Station, Va., March 1, 1864". Written by a Union Solder identified by the initials T.B.S. describing his experiences in General Joseph Hooker's Division. Part of a religious article en verso. 9" H x 2 7/8" W. 7th item: Bifolium handwritten poem titled "A Mother's Love" by Annie Buel. 8 1/8" H x 10 1/8" W. Mid 19th century. Private Middle Tennessee collection, by descent in the family of William Budlong. CONDITION: All items with toning, foxing spots, areas of dampstaining, tears, etc. to be expected from age. 1st item: Diary in fragmentary condition. 2nd item: Areas of dampstaining, foxing spots render the writing very faint and difficult to read. Top third of letter is separated along fold line. Ewell signature in good condition. 4th item: Letter with losses to edges and dampstaining rendering some of the writing illegible.
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