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Collection Reference Number GLC02016.027
From Archive Folder Collection of Heber Painter, I company, 58th regiment, Pennsylvania, infantry 
Title Heber Painter to sister Ella about being transported by sea, seasickness, a skirmish and the poor and ignorant Southerners
Date 15 January 1863
Author Painter, Heber (1841-1900)  
Recipient Painter, Ella  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description 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.
Subjects 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  
People Painter, Heber (1841-1900)  Painter, Ella (fl. 1844-1870)  
Place written Batchelder's Creek, North Carolina
Theme The American Civil War; Education; Banking & Economics
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