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96th Pa. Infantry Letter Written After Gettysburg by Daniel Faust – “AT GETTYSBURG… WE WENT DOUBLE QUICK IN THE FIGHT, AND I FEEL I COULD RUN RIGHT THROUGH THE REBELS.”
This 4-page letter, written in nice dark ink, was written by Daniel Faust a member of Company H of the 96th Pennsylvania Infantry, who enlisted on September 16th, 1862. The 96th had completed the battle of Chancellorsville where it had 79 casualties. It had been fought at Salem Heights and had quite a few casualties there before going into the Gettysburg Campaign. The letter is headed, “Camp Near New Baltimore Va.” and is dated August 27th, 1863. Daniel is writing to his brother.


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• “You requested me to let you know how I liked soldiering yet. I like it very well as long as it agrees with me as well as it has agreed with me so far. I am now over one year in service and never have been sick of any account yet, and I am hardier and heavier than I ever was before I enlisted. I think I weigh about 160 lbs. now. I have often tried what I could stand. I have laid on the ground half covered with water and raining as hard as it could, and I never as much as to catch a cold, and I have always a very good appetite.”

• “When we was on this long march to Pennsylvania, I had lost some weight. We couldn't sometimes get rations for a few days, and sometimes if we had it, we had to march day and night that we had no time to cook or eat.”

• “THE DAY WE WENT IN THE BATTLE AT GETTYSBURG, WE MARCHED 20 HOURS WITHOUT REST OR ANYTHING TO EAT.”

• “IT WAS SOME THIRTY MILES WE MARCHED, AND THEN RESTED ABOUT ONE HALF HOUR, THEN WE WENT DOUBLE QUICK IN THE FIGHT, AND I FEEL I COULD RUN RIGHT THROUGH THE REBELS.”

• “I never straggled. Sometimes there was three or four with the company, and I always was one of the number when we stopped.”

• “You stated that you would like to get in our Regt. I am not aware of that if they have their choice to get in any Regt. they choose, but I should think you had. If you get drafted, I would try my best to get in the Regt. We have got a very good Col.”

• “I am still serving the Lord and intend to do so till I die. It is hard to keep from the many temptations that are around me all the time and no one to encourage me, but I do the best that I can.”

• “Dear Brother, pray for me and I pray for you. Write soon again. I send my love to you all. So much from your affectionate Brother Daniel Faust”

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