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Collection Reference Number GLC03603.237
From Archive Folder Collection of Charles M. Coit, field and staff, 8th regiment, Connecticut, infantry 
Title Charles Coit to his family, commenting on his 'excellent new servant'
Date 29 May 1863
Author Coit, Charles M. (1838-1878)  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Writes that he is not very busy and that his "chief employment is battling the flies." Mentions that he plans on visiting Lake Drumond with a group of other officers and that they are to be "poled out by a couple of darkies, the distance is 12 or 15 miles and directly through Dismal Swamp." Notes that he has requested a leave of absence so that he can take care of some business at a savings bank. Says that he has an excellent new servant who keeps things very clean. Describes the foods he has been eating which include codfish balls and strawberries. Writes that he is suspicious of his servant because he is so good and charges a low price (only $10 a month). Says that he has heard rumors of the regiment moving west. Writes, "The prospect of a speedy capture seems to be dissolving and fading a way farther and farther each day."
Subjects Civil War  Military History  Union Forces  Union Soldier's Letter  Soldier's Letter  Military Camp  Geography and Natural History  Travel  African American History  Contrabands  Finance  Banking  Servant  Diet and Nutrition  Military Provisions  Soldier's Pay  
People Coit, Charles M. (1838-1878)  
Place written Suffolk, Virginia
Theme The American Civil War; African Americans; Health & Medicine
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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