Portraits of Privates

A Thanksgiving Letter Home

The below letter was written by Charles Clarence Miller (1843-1912), Gates, Monroe county, New York. In the 1860 US Census, 16 year-old Charles was enumerated in his parents household in Gates where he attended school and worked as a farm laborer. 140th NY depicted at Saunders Field In August 1862, he enlisted with Company D… Continue reading A Thanksgiving Letter Home

Civil War Trivia

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from your historian at Belle on the Battlefield Blog! Everyone has their own holiday traditions. Perhaps you’re visiting family you haven’t seen in a long time. Maybe you’re hosting a big dinner with your loved ones. If you have kids, I’m sure you’re having a blast watching them scream and… Continue reading Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!