Matching Patriotic Stationery & Letter Sheet – “Stand by the Flag” – From Musician in the 5th New Hampshire Infantry (This regiment had greatest loss of numbers in Civil War)
This letter is 4 pages in length written in nice neat pencil and comes along with a cover addressed in ink. The cover has a fine Washington, D.C. November 11th cancelation. The letter is headed “Camp Casey Bladensburg, MD.” and is dated November 9th, 1861. The writer Frank P. Sawyer was a 22 year old musician from Alton, New Hampshire.

In this letter, Frank is writing his brother Alonzo and recounting his trip from New Hampshire into Maryland.

“The object of our march was to protect the Union men at the election. Our Brigade was on the left column of 16 thousand. Part of the Penn. Regt and two companies of our Regt was left at Upper Marlboro... I got a pass and went down on election day to see how they performed. About half of the people were drunk and the remainder felt pretty good. Some were cheering for the Union, and some for Jeff Davis.... This Brigade is commanded by Gen Howard of Maine. While we were gone we heard some pretty heavy firing in the direction of the Potomac. We hear firing every day from here”

Because of the matching stationery, this is a fine piece for display.

#L474 - Price $125