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Collection Reference Number GLC02016.058
From Archive Folder Collection of Heber Painter, I company, 58th regiment, Pennsylvania, infantry 
Title Heber Painter to sister Kate about her attending school and not reading "wishy Washy" novels, Grant's reinforcements and a Union-Confederate interaction over cattle
Date 22 September 1864
Author Painter, Heber (1841-1900)  
Recipient Painter, Catherine (fl. 1844-1870)  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Sarcastically informs his sister that he has stopped writing weekly letters because his sisters never reply. Is happy that his sister has decided to attend school and advises against reading "wishy-washy" novels, which do not enlighten people or make them wise. Was surprised to hear that N.F. Lightner, Esq. had joined the Grand Army of the Union. Reports that Grant is receiving reinforcements daily and in large numbers. Recounts a brief interaction between a Confederate and a Union soldier regarding some stray cattle. Reports that there is no news from the Army of the James.
Subjects Soldier's Letter  Military History  Civil War  Union Forces  Union Soldier's Letter  Education  Literature and Language Arts  Union General  Confederate States of America  Women's History  
People Painter, Heber (1841-1900)  Painter, Catherine (fl. 1844-1870)  
Place written Bermuda Hundred, Virginia
Theme The American Civil War; Women in American History; Children & Family; Education; Arts & Literature
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