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, Portraits of Privates

Personal Politics

Nothing is every cut and dry. No issue can ever be labeled in direct, easy terms. There's a little shade of gray in every conflict. The deeper I delve into Civil War history, the more that becomes VERY apparent, especially on the controversial issue of slavery. While we can read about the views and platforms… Continue reading Personal Politics

Civil War Trivia, Portraits of Privates

What Did They Write About? – Civil War Letters

I have always liked a saying that I heard in a documentary once that the life of a pirate consisted of long period of absolute tedium and boredom, punctuated by intense moments of danger and excitement. The same can be said for soldiers of the Civil War (or any war for that matter). What did… Continue reading What Did They Write About? – Civil War Letters

Portraits of Privates

A Chancellorsville Letter

Below is a transcribed letter from a soldier in the 140th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company H. After mustering August, the author of this letter, Hugh Quinn Adams, he and the rest of his company traveled through Maryland and into Virginia, settling north of the Rappahannock after the battle of Fredericksburg. Their first major engagement came the… Continue reading A Chancellorsville Letter