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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Collection of Heber Painter, I company, 58th regiment, Pennsylvania, infantry
|Heber Painter to sister [Ella] about her education, his captain's boils and news of the Merrimac
|20 April 1862
|Painter, Heber (1841-1900)
|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.
|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
|Painter, Heber (1841-1900) Painter, Ella (fl. 1844-1870)
|Camp Hamilton, Fortress Monroe, Virginia
|The American Civil War; Naval & Maritime; Education; Women in American History
|Papers and Images of the American Civil War
|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.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945
|Civil War: Recipient Relationship
|Civil War: Theater of War
|Main Eastern Theater
|Civil War: Unit
|58th Pennsylvania Infantry