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War-date Union soldier's letter, 4pp. 8vo., written by Pvt. William Crawford, Co. B, 73rd Penn. Vols. [WIA Chancellorsville 5/02/63 & POW MIssionary Ridge, Tenn., 11/25/63], Montgomery Co., Maryland, Nov. 22, 1861, in part: "…this is our pay day…we have got our 26 dollars…the boys are now playing bluff with cards for money and liquors. We are drilling everyday and skirmishing and we are going through the battalion drill every afternoon…by…forming the whole company and braking in half…we march in a solid body and then wheel right or left keeping a straight line. It is a very nice thing to do. The boys are very anxious to know where we are going…but we cant learn…General Banks is doing his best to get us down south…we turn out very early, answer to our names, then sweep our streets with cedar branches…if there is any man who is not in line…he is made to pick out the stones in the ground and do all the dirty work so that is punishment. I hear very heavy firing. They are at battle somewhere. We was out on picket guard on Tuesday and Wednesday along the Potomac river some 4 miles from Edwards Ferry…there has been one death in our regiment. One of the orderly sergeants has died last night with the Typhoid Fever…he will be buried tomorrow. There was one of our men with it but he is better and out…William Crawford…". Crawford's phonetic spelling has been corrected. Light soiling, else VG
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Punishment, Battalion Drill, Heavy Battle Prepares The 73rd Penn. For War.

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