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By William Remmel

Uncommonly articulate letters from a tender German-American soldier with the Union forces.
During a clash that observed loss of life stopover at many families within the land, this is often the tale of a tender recruit’s devotion to relatives and state. William Remmel’s letters conceal greater than complete years of provider within the 121st manhattan Infantry Regiment in the course of the Civil battle, from August 1862 to October of 1864. they supply information on army and social historical past within the jap theater of operations and at the event of the homefront in upstate long island between a principally immigrant, working-class family members and neighborhood. like several different soldier in another battle, Remmel’s stories are either common and exact. they're common in his adventure of boredom, privation, ache, and finally, obliteration. His conditions have been idiosyncratic in that he used to be an immigrant boy, critical, considerate, articulate, who represents a constituency of one.
Sergeant Remmel’s unit (which used to be for a time commanded by way of Emory Upton, a massive determine within the post-war military) used to be a part of the sixth Corps, military of the Potomac. He used to be a German immigrant who had settled along with his mom and dad and relatives in some distance upstate manhattan. the writer wrote in English and it appears his mom and dad answered in German. might be this cultural distinction led Remmel to be fairly cautious in his writing and to give an explanation for occasions with strange precision.
In addition to the $64000 fabric on an immigrant family’s event, Remmel additionally offers with the query of slavery, sickness and medical institution care (when he used to be wounded), the matter of challenging war/total conflict, in addition to the campaigns of Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and the Shenandoah Valley in 1864. He disappears, MIA, on the conflict of Cedar Creek, October 19, 1864. His kinfolk believed he died as a POW at Andersonville felony, and so they spent a great deal of effort and time vainly attempting to make sure his fate.

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You'll, in fact, first desire to recognize no matter if i'm good and no matter if i've been in any conflict considering the fact that final I wrote you. i'm chuffed to assert first that i'm having fun with very good health and wellbeing, and feature been seeing that i've been within the South. i haven't but been in any engagement, and feature met without undesirable good fortune. i feel that during my final letter I wrote you that our regiment were very close to a number of battles, and so it has, yet now we have been lucky adequate to not be known as in. on the time that the conflict of Wednesday close to Sharpsburg used to be fought, our regiment was once mendacity approximately six miles [from] there in a mountain. where the place we have been is named Crampton hole, the place a couple of days earlier than a conflict was once fought through normal Slocum, which I wrote to you approximately on the time it came about. thirteen we've, for the final weeks, been encamped approximately 2 miles from the Potomac River and approximately sixteen miles from Sharpsburg. we're very pleasantly positioned the following and may wish to remain the following your time; yet most likely during this i'll be upset, for i feel the military will circulation from right here into Virginia prior to lengthy. we now have, as much as the current time, lived with out tents. yet this day we've got got them and we're chuffed adequate too, for prior to this we now have needed to take rails, or the rest, to make shelters of to guard us from the elements. and infrequently we have now needed to sleep out with a blanket for a masking; yet these items have omitted, and that i believe none the more severe over it. 14 the elements the following at the moment is especially friendly, although quite hot from time to time, occasionally very uncomfortable. the elements here's a lot assorted from yours at domestic, it truly is even more regular climate. considering the fact that we now have been right here, we haven't noticeable sooner or later whilst it has rained through the complete time, and no more than or 3 times have we been rainy in any respect. The nights were very chilly the following and we now have, for the prior 2 weeks, saw frost upon the floor early within the morning. the folk the following have harvested so much in their grain. they've got simply minimize their very own corn. The corn here's diversified from that at domestic. it's the huge Ohio corn and won't ripen as quickly. Apples are very lots right here and the lads purchase a very good lots of them. we now have additionally received many peaches. Our residing right here at the moment consists of the subsequent issues: 1st sea crack- On Our approach for Washington / eleven ers, 2d red meat, third espresso, 4th sugar and fifth clean red meat two times per week. once we wish the rest, we need to purchase of both of a farmer or a sutler. yet we now have came upon that it'll now not solution to shop for a lot, or we are going to haven't any cash. i've got received yet $5 out of $17 left now, so that you see it expenditures me anything to stay. the day past and the day sooner than, we have been out at the wood alongside the Potomac. We observed a number of rebs around the river picketing, yet they didn't shoot at us so we didn't fire on them. We had a really fine time and met without injuries. final evening we went over to the river and stuck loads of fish, and this morning we had a truly fine breakfast. at the present time we got here again to our tenting floor. One observe concerning the regiment; there are at the present a very good many ill.

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