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Collection Reference Number GLC03603.231
From Archive Folder Collection of Charles M. Coit, field and staff, 8th regiment, Connecticut, infantry 
Title Charles Coit to his family, announcing that he has hired a new servant named Bill
Date 24 May 1863
Author Coit, Charles M. (1838-1878)  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Says that he has hired a new servant named Bill. The Chaplin gave the soldiers a supply of new books and newspapers. Requests that his mother take the money he has sent and buy some letter paper to write him rather than the "old scraps" she has been using. Notes that he waits until he is alone in his tent to open his letters because of the poor quality of the paper. Requests news from home on the marriages of Mrs. Bull and Mrs. Dyer. Sends his regards to his extended family and friends and requests a green checkered shirt. Responds to news that a doctor from Connecticut is planning on fighting with the 18th regiment. Mentions that if the doctor is fighting, he must not have made a very good hospital steward. Writes of a kind of fly that plagues the camp: it "bites and poisons its victims in a manner that's most unpleasant." He also complains about wood ticks and other flies.
Subjects Medical History  Civil War  Military History  Union Forces  Union Soldier's Letter  Soldier's Letter  Children and Family  Servant  Religion  Military Camp  Library  Journalism  Book Selling  Soldier's Pay  Finance  Women's History  Marriage  Clothing and Accessories  Hospital  Health and Medical  Wildlife  
People Coit, Charles M. (1838-1878)  
Place written Suffolk, Virginia
Theme The American Civil War; Health & Medicine; Women in American History; Religion; Children & Family
Sub-collection Papers and Images of the American Civil War
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945
Civil War: Theater of War Main Eastern Theater  
Civil War: Unit 8th Regiment, Connecticut, infantry  
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