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Collection Reference Number GLC03523.14.52
From Archive Folder Collection of Dolphus Damuth, D company, 29th regiment, Wisconsin, infantry 
Title Dolphus Damuth to Maria Damuth writes that the men are ready to fight in the battle of Pleasant Hill
Date 3 April 1864
Author Damuth, Dolphus (fl. 1839-1913)  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Writes that the men are waiting to fight. A battle is going to take place at Pleasant Hill, thirty-five miles from their campsite. Tells a story about some men out on picket the day before who were captured by a plantation owner who "mad his negros tie them he marched them out in the woods to shoot them." One man is dead and the other two escaped. Damuth describes seeing the dead man's body and his anger that the murderer "pretended to be a union man." Reports that Texans they have captured were completely unaware of Northerners coming South. Predicts the war will be over by the summer and asks his family to plant extra food in anticipation of his return. Says that "thear was a paper printed here once but when our forces came the Editor left." Some men have issued their own paper nominating "Gen Banks for President and Wade of Ohio for vice President." The last page of Damuth's letter, marked "Private and Confidential," discusses the possibility of entering a new regiment or being promoted within his own company. Mentions "the boys dont like Curtis but dont say a word to anyone about it."
Subjects Civil War  Military History  Union Forces  Union Soldier's Letter  Soldier's Letter  Confederate States of America  Battle of Pleasant Hill  Battle  Slavery  Prisoner of War  Death  African American History  Texas  American West  Children and Family  Agriculture and Animal Husbandry  Journalism  President  Vice President  Government and Civics  Politics  Election  
People Damuth, Dolphus (fl. 1839-1913)  Damuth, Maria (fl. 1862-1865)  
Place written Natchitoches, Louisiana
Theme The American Civil War; African Americans; Children & Family; Government & Politics; Health & Medicine; Agriculture; Slavery & Abolition; The Presidency; Arts & Literature
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: Recipient Relationship Sister  
Civil War: Theater of War Main Western Theater  
Civil War: Unit 29th Wisconsin Infantry, D company