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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 being transported by sea, seasickness, a skirmish and the poor and ignorant Southerners
|15 January 1863
|Painter, Heber (1841-1900)
|He has traveled from Norfolk to Fortress Monroe by the steamer "Expounder". Complains that the steamer was unsafe for transportation and that the men suffered from seasickness. The soldiers continued on to Beauford (also known as old Troxel Inlet), boarded another dangerous vessel, and disembarked at Morehead, where they took the railroad to New Bern, North Carolina. States that General Burnside "whiped the rebs so handsomely" that there were hundreds of graves everywhere. Gives a lengthy explanation of a long march through the woods. Reports on a skirmish along the railroad. States that New Bern is nicely laid out but has much poverty. Describes the poor people he meets and writes that "ignorance of the masses in the South accounts for this rebellion." The last page of the letter is cross-written.
|Soldier's Letter Military History Civil War Union Forces Union Soldier's Letter Travel Fortification Steamboat Transportation Health and Medical Railroad Union General Death Battle Education Confederate States of America Poverty
|Painter, Heber (1841-1900) Painter, Ella (fl. 1844-1870)
|Batchelder's Creek, North Carolina
|The American Civil War; Education; Banking & Economics
|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