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Collection Reference Number GLC02016.012
From Archive Folder Collection of Heber Painter, I company, 58th regiment, Pennsylvania, infantry 
Title Heber Painter to sister [Ella] about her education, his captain's boils and news of the Merrimac
Date 20 April 1862
Author Painter, Heber (1841-1900)  
Recipient Painter, Ella  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Reprimands his sister for not answering all his letters and tells her that composition is a very important part of her education. Asks his sister to remember him to a certain Mollie M. whom he feels would make an interesting correspondent for him. Reports that his captain is suffering from boils and is unfit for duty but will be fine in a few days. Also reports that the Merrimac has not reappeared and that the troops at Newport News have been sent on to Yorktown. Wishes that the Merrimac were out of the way so that the Monitor could get to Yorktown and McClellan could storm the rebel batteries. Recipient inferred from content.
Subjects Soldier's Letter  Military History  Civil War  Union Forces  Union Soldier's Letter  Education  Women's History  Health and Medical  Ironclad  Navy  Confederate States of America  Battle  Union General  
People Painter, Heber (1841-1900)  Painter, Ella (fl. 1844-1870)  
Place written Camp Hamilton, Fortress Monroe, Virginia
Theme The American Civil War; Naval & Maritime; Education; Women in American History
Sub-collection Papers and Images of the American Civil War
Additional Information Before joining the service, Painter was a trained printer from Danville, Pennsylvania. He was mustered as a private into F Company of the 58th Pennsylvania infantry on 8 October 1861 and transferred to I Company on 1 March 1862. While in I Company, he was promoted to Sergeant and eventually mustered out on 21 January 1866 as First Lieutenant. Painter also held a post as Quartermaster's clerk, and performed freedman duties shortly after the war ended.
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 Eastern Theater  
Civil War: Unit 58th Pennsylvania Infantry