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Collection Reference Number GLC02016.013
From Archive Folder Collection of Heber Painter, I company, 58th regiment, Pennsylvania, infantry 
Title Heber Painter to sister [Kate] re her schooling, lack of furlough, the war at sea and the poor content of her letters
Date 30 April 1862
Author Painter, Heber (1841-1900)  
Recipient Painter, Catherine (fl. 1844-1870)  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Commends her on her improvement in school under a new teacher. Feels strongly about having his sister properly educated and encourages her to persevere in her studies. Writes that no furloughs for illness or business are being granted for the men in his division. Anticipates a third appearance from the Merrimac when the weather improves. Reports that the steamer Vanderbilt will cooperate with the Monitor to capture the Merrimac and that he will remain at camp until the Merrimac is taken. Complains of the contents of his sister Ella's letters stating that, "there is nothing worth reading it." Expects to hear from both sisters soon. Mentions that he is trying a new type of writing in the present letter. 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  Confederate States of America  Navy  Steamboat  Military Camp  
People Painter, Heber (1841-1900)  Painter, Catherine (fl. 1844-1870)  
Place written Camp Hamilton, Fortress Monroe, Virginia
Theme The American Civil War; Naval & Maritime; Women in American History; Education; Health & Medicine
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  Lower Seaboard Theater and Gulf Approach  
Civil War: Unit 58th Pennsylvania Infantry