Moffett Papers, 1862-1917, MS 1373

Moffett Papers, 1862-1917

Maryland Historical Society


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Moffett Papers, 1862-1917
Maryland Historical Society

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Calendar of Correspondence in the Moffett Papers, 1862-1917

MS 1373

Maryland Historical Society

Baltimore MD 21201-4674




[UNK] Letters -



1 - January 24, 1862 - Letter to Brother Cad - Telling about being paid Off, and having so much money and asking to be remembered to friends at home -




2- - Jan. 24, 1862 - Letter to Father - Telling about being vaccinated for small-pox, also about being paid and sending him father $10.00 as a present.




3 - Aug. 1, 1862 - Letter from Friend Philip M. Shive, asking Wm. H. Moffitt to send his horn by Adams Express to him at New Creek, Va.




4 - Aug. 5, 1862 - Letter to Father - Telling of his arrival at Fortress Monroe, tells of his birthday on board the boat - chicken dinner for the occasion, terrific thunder storms, and messages to relatives and friends at home.




5 - Sept. 22, 1862 - Letter to Father - About arrival in Williamsport Camp sends love to Mother, Sister and Brothers -




6 - Oct. 12, 1862 - Letter to Father - Orders received before breakfast to leave everything and fall back on the Regiment at the farm in Williamsport, after marching for two hours came across the Regiment drawn up into line of Battle in the woods, continuous rain during whole time; supper into an open field with a section of a Battery of 3rd N.Y. Laid on their arms all night.




7- Nov. 2d, 1862 - Letter to Father - Telling he received 3 letters from - that they expect marching orders at any time, a section of Alexandria Battery is laying next to them - spent two hours in Williamsport to get paid off, helping with the Company Pay Rolls -




8- Nov. 5th, 1862 - Letter to Father - Telling about being on the move stationed in street on picket - report about Md.Brig. leaving Williamsport - Cavalry made a dash -




9 - Nov. 14, 1862 - Letter to Mr. Wm. H. Moffitt, Sr., written by John McGeehan, about his being located at Harper's Ferry, or arriving by train to find the regiment had already crossed the river, that the Camps of Jackson's were visible but they thought it safest not to attach - had become a clerk to Gen'l Warren's Head Quarters.




10 - Dec. 1st, 1862 - Letter to Father - Unable to answer letter because of absence from Camp, in Hagerstown two days - tells about new cannons and a patent breech loading piece which accidentally burst killing one and wounding five others Tells of his friend Tom in service receiving $40.00 per month.




11 - Dec. 4th, 1862 - Letter to Father - Tells about Brigade Inspection, composed of all Infantry, Cavalry and artillery - his company received the praise for best looking and cleanest located in Camp Concealment - but tells of conditions in Hagerstown -




12- Dec. 28, 1862 - Letter from John McGeehan - Telling about the fight in Fredericksburg - picket duty next day, also about his Division going to Aquia Creek in a few days.




13 - Jan. 2, 1863 - Letter to Father - Remarks about New Year's day, also about Gen. McClellan being ordered to Fortress Monroe, from which point he will proceed up the James River. Large reinforcements having arrived as they feel the enemy will make an attack.




14- Jan. 9, 1863 - Letter to Father - About travelling for six hours on the railroad and being delayed - expects to remain in camp all winter -




15 - Jan. 17, 1863 - Letter to Father - Expecting furlough, wanted to get home, but all furloughs canceled - etc.




16 - January 20, 1863 Letter to Father - Telling of cruelty and negligence of non-coms, unncessary deaths due to soldiers sleeping on wet ground. Dissatisfaction of the men because Regulation Warrants for each Non-Commissioned Officer in the Regiment furnished by the War Dept. had not been distributed by the Colonel, but were being held by him, other things mentioned causing unrest among the soldiers.




17- January 27, 1863 Letter to Father -Returning $50.00 a part of which was to be applied on a loan which his father made to him. Tells of the soldiers only being paid up to October 31st. - That he will do nothing drastic if and when the consolidation of regiments take place.




18 - February 1, 1863 Letter to Father - Tells of friend being promoted to a Lieutenancy. Capt. of his Regiment and Gen. Kenly were doing everything to get the soldiers papers, but Gen. Schenck was opposed to it, wouldn't be surprised if he didn't receive marching orders and there seemed nothing but change and doubt in the whole outfit.




19 - February 1, 1863 Letter to Father - Tells father the money he sent him would be safer in the house than in the Bank in case anything should occur. The weather continues cold, snow 1½ feet deep. States he is well but not in very good spirits for 2/3 of his Company has deserted since pay day - 150 from the Regiment and more were leaving every day.




20 - February 2, 1863 Letter to Dear Cad - Tells about the clothes they wear, shoes like gun boats, woolen stockings that make the look as dutch as sour kraut - Tells of another friend being made a Lieutenant.




21 - February 3, 1863 - Letter to Father - Enclosing a picture of himself, and asking his opinion.




22 - February 12, 1863 - Letter to Father - Asking him to have his mother purchase some clothing for him, also some cloth for trouser stripes. Asked to have his mother go to McKim Hospital and enquire for one Samuel Fisher who belonged in his Company and was ill and without friends or relatives who cared, and wanted his mother to do everything she could for him.




23 - February 22, 1863 - Letter to Father - Thanks father for strips of cloth and the Chevrons - encloses trial of [UNK] John [UNK], stating if he is guilty of the charge they should hang him instead of dismissing him from the service. Also asked to have a gold pen repointed in Gold Pen Factory in Baltimore St. nr. Holliday St. Snow still 1½ feet deep very cold. One of the boys in Comp. B. died, there was also a case of Small Pox which case was removed immediately in the woods in a tent, said to be 17 and more expected before the winte was over.




24 - March 3, 1863 - Letter to Father - Asking if his mother has seen Fisher, mentioned in a previous letter, the weather warmer, asks father to discontinue the American Newspaper to him as he receives it through an agent in camp - No pay for two months, do not know whether they will get it or not.




25 - March 9, 1863 - Letter to Father - Telling about camp moving across the river, and he was left at the old camp to send the lumber and remains over, never worked harder in his life. Now in Virginia but hopes they will not cross to the other side of the Potomac. Also hopes nobody in family gets small [UNK].




26 - April 27, 1863 Letter to Father - Tells of further movement, is now detached from Md. Brigade and under Gen Milroy's Command. Is in the 1st Brigade 2nd Division. Sunday night at 10 o'clock orders issued to report immediately at Winchester, everyone was asleep and knew nothing about it until next morning. Moffitt was acting as Corporal of the Guard in John Taylor's place, he having gone to Baltimore. Started to march in rain they made Berryville a distance of 23 miles and put up in a church for the night, all wet to the skin with no change of clothing, had to sleep in wet clothes but never slept better in his life. 50,000 troops stationed in Winchester, ordered to be ready, rebels expected to attack. No chance of getting home all passes stopped




27 - June 4, 1863 - Letter to Father - Sends Father 40.00 Adams Express which he asked his father to put with his other money he is keeping for him, paid off for two months, or up to April 30th. The $40. is full pay for two months. Tells of Will coming in with Wagon Train for Forage andc Having practice battles tells about guns, accouterments and lack of confusion - however, privates have one night in bed and next night out, expecting big fight.




28 - June 16, 1863 - Letter to Father - Gives father detail of battle, telling him he is still safe and well - marched 25 miles goes in great detail of battles, how charges were made the Union 7,000 and the Rebs 40,000 strong.






29 - Nov. 5, 1863 - Letter to Father - Telling how they are waiting around expecting to be ordered to the front. Asks for fishing line and tackle, have come across many streams in Va. where fish were plentiful - mentions about becoming a part of the Army of the Potomac.




30 - August 24, 1864 - Letter to Father - Tells of making another Flank Movement, as they hold the P.andW. R. R. against all forces that have been brought against them. Hard fighting for three days in which the Rebels were worsened. Tells of a ball going through his hat, so close to his head that it rubbed his hair, in Sunday's fight a ball struck him on the fore part of the right arm, but did not enter the flesh, but caused great pain.




31 - September 12, 1864 - Letter to Father - Asks father to send him some spending money - Tells of package of newspapers coming but having no time to read them as they move about so often from one place to another they are sure to be lost, useless to send them at all while the [UNK] continues. Wind so high impossible to write.