10th Connecticut - Lt. Benjamin Wright, 8 Legal-Size Pages, Written on Morris Island, July 1863 - Great Description of Mortars & Artillery

This 8 page letter written in ink by Lieutenant Benjamin Wright, Company I in the 10th Connecticut Infantry gives an excellent description of the Union fortifications on Morris Island outside of Charleston, South Carolina.  The letter is written almost in diary form, with Wright starting on July 29th, 1863 and adding a portion on the 31st and August 1st.  The letter is in fine condition and comes with a Xerox copy of a Greenwich CT. book showing a picture of Wright, a copy of his obituary, several copies of documents that he signed in his National Archive file, and a photograph of Benjamin and his wife Abigail’s tombstones. 

·         “There has been quite brisk firing at the front this afternoon.  I think some of our Siege Guns have been playing on the Rebs.  They continue to shell us night and day.”

·         “I think if one of our rifled Parrot Guns gets the range on it, the effect on those who are gazing on us from it will be some like the effect on the builders of that unlucky tower…”

·         “…I do think one of Col. Leggett’s old shirts put on a stick would make a better officer than Greely…”

·         “The grand guard turned out to be to go to the front and lay in the ditches for 24 hours…. Although the Rebs tried somewhat to injure us.  It was dreadful hot lying in the trenches all day.  During the night we lay in a Mortar Battery… When they commenced that we had to get out of it.  We fell back to the rifle pit in the rear.  It was a splendid sight to witness the shells from the Mortars.  They looked like a ball of fire.  You could see them from the time they left the Mortars until they burst or went down on the fort out of sight.  A mortar shell is thrown different from a rifle shot.  A rifle shot goes straight ahead, while the shot from a mortar goes way up in the air, progress perhaps half a circle more or less according to the elevation.  They can drop them right down anywhere they like.  I would rather have them throw rifle shots if I am going to lay in the trenches.”

·         “During the day the IRONSIDES came up and opened on Fort Wagner…. She did everlastingly throw things at the.  She is a splendid vessel.  I consider her the best we have got.”

·         “They were to mount either two or three TWO HUNDRED POUNDERS last night.  We have a THREE HUNDRED  POUNDER PARROT lying down on the beach.  That will be mounted about the time the Arago gets down.  She is going to bring Ammunition for it.  If that Gun don’t make things howl, I don’t know what will.  It ought to throw without difficulty five or six miles.  They throw regular boot legs from it.”

·         “We have also got some WHITWORTH Guns to mount.  The Rebs are also very active.  I think they will have a job if they drive us off the island…”   

·         “You speak of the riot in N.Y. …I consider it the most disgraceful affair that has happened since the war began. If it had not been that we had a PRESIDENT a man every inch of him.  Who stood right up on his dignity and said the draft must and should be enforces.  It would have been more disastrous to our cause...”

·         From the bottom of my heart I can say God bless Abram Lincoln, he has saved the Nation.”                                                                                                                     

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