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7th Mass. Light Artillery – An Inexpensive Letter Mentioning Christmas & Playing Football! Corporal Newman W. Storer – “Our Regiment had a Christmas dinner, given us by the Colonel's wife of chickens and butter, and we enjoyed ourselves first rate.”
This 3-page letter in ink was written from Fort Albany, Virginia on January 5th, 1862. Newman Whipple Storer, who signs the letter “N. W. S.”, enlisted in May of 1861 as a Corporal into the 7th Mass. Light Artillery. By the end of the war he had worked his way up to Captain. Writing his brother, Billie, he states:

• “I am now engaged with 5 others in guarding the cross roads close by the Fort. We have a dwelling house to stay in, and we live as comfortable as we could wish out here.”

• “There is a good many Massachusetts men out here. We see them every day. There will be a great move of the Army before long. At least that is what this morning's paper says. To act in concert with the Burnside's exposition.”

• “The paper says that the expedition will sail this week. We shall hear of some great victories before long. It is my opinion.”

• “Did you have a Merry Christmas? I hope you did. Our Regiment had a Christmas dinner, given us by the Colonel's wife of chickens and butter, and we enjoyed ourselves first rate.”

• “We had a game of football and altogether we had a good time.”

• “I would take this opportunity of wishing you a "Happy New Year." The weather is pretty cold here now. The ice on the canal will almost bear. It would be fine skating if we only had our skates.”

• “I have been expecting a letter from you for a week, and I have been disappointed. I received a letter from Albert and Lin Whipple last week, but I have not answered it yet. That fellow that writes to Clara has experienced religion, and he takes a part in the meetings. There has been a great many that has asked for prayers. Now write and answer this as soon as you get it, won't you? But as I have nothing particular to write, I will now close. From your true friend N. W. S.”


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