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20th Indiana Infantry – A Hard Fought Regiment Reaches its Final Goal at Appomattox Court House – Letter by David R. Cottrell - “THE SURRENDER WAS MADE APRIL 9TH, AND I DON'T THINK THAT DAY WILL EVER BE FORGOTTEN BY THOSE THAT WERE PRESENT. IT APPEARED TO ME THAT EVERY MAN IN THE ARMY HAD GONE WILD.”
David Cottrell enlisted in Company H on July 22nd, 1861. He reenlisted on January 1st, 1864 as a Corporal. The 20th Indiana was a hard fought unit in the 3rd Corps of the Army of the Potomac for most of the war, and finishing in the 2nd Corps. Our letter, 3-pages in ink, is headed, “Head Quarters Co. "H" April 20th, '65”. Cottrell writes his sister:

• “I am glad to say this morning that I am in good health and feeling proud to think that I HAVE LIVED LONG ENOUGH TO SEE THE OLD FLAG WAVE OVER RICHMOND & PETERSBURG AND STILL MOVE.”

• “IT WAVES OVER THE PROUD ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA, THE ARMY WE HAVE BEEN FIGHTING FOR ALMOST FIVE YEARS, BUT AT LAST WAS COMPELLED SURRENDER TO ITS OLD FOE THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC.”

• “THE SURRENDER WAS MADE APRIL 9TH, AND I DON'T THINK THAT DAY WILL EVER BE FORGOTTEN BY THOSE THAT WERE PRESENT.” • “IT APPEARED TO ME THAT EVERY MAN IN THE ARMY HAD GONE WILD.”

• “We remained on the ground for two days and then started for Farmville, about two days march and from there we came to this place. We are in camp near Burksville on the south side R. R. about 55 miles south west of Richmond.”

• “We have a very nice camp and I hope when we leave, it will be for home. I think we are awaiting the surrender of Johnson's Army to Sherman, and then I think we will be sent to our states to await our discharge. It will be some time before we will all be mustered out of the service, but if we get back to the state, we can get a pass to visit our homes.”

• “As I have business that calls me from my desk for today, I hope you will excuse my short letter and write soon. Truly yours David R. Cottrell”



A fine letter with great comments about the surrender at Appomattox.

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