Charles Sealy to his sister Mary Ann (Mate) Sealy Woodward written April 19, 1863 at Camp Shaefer.

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Charles Sealy to his sister Mary Ann (Mate) Sealy Woodward written April 19, 1863 at Camp Shaefer.

Description

Charles Sealy was born in the town Castle Cary, Somersetshire, England. He moved with his parents and brothers to Rochester, New York in 1835. They later moved to Geneva , NY and finally Rockford, IL in 1855. He and his 2 brothers served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. Charles enlisted in Company G, 44th Regiment (a Winnebago County, Illinois Regiment of Volunteers, General Sheridan's Division) as a private. It is unknown whether he was ever promoted. He was captured during the Battle of Chickamauga and died as a P.O.W. in Andersonville Prison on June 10, 1864, Grave #1787 ( his name was misspelled Seely in the roster). Most of his letters were sent to his sister Mary Ann "Mate" Sealy (through 1861), Mary Ann "Mate" Woodward 1862 -1863. (Mary Ann married Amos Woodward.)

Creator

Charles Sealy

Date

April 19, 1863

Rights

Midway Village Museum

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Identifier

2013.70.17

Text

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Camp Shaefer
April 18 1/6[3]
Dear Sister
I hardly know as I have much news to tell you the last letter I wrote you was at the out picket near Salem I told you that I was not feeling very well at the time but since I have felt better. I do not know as I can do better than to give you an account of the present’s that Gen Sheridan have received the first was a splended [sic] sword on the scabard [sic] was the Gen’s name with the names of those persons who presents it to him the belt and sword was set in dimonds [sic] the price of the sword $10,00 the belt $2,50 a pair of Revolvers ivory handles with a dimond [sic] set in each; cost
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$35’0. A silver set consisting of a tray two Golblets [sic] two wine cups a large and small pitcher a sugar bowl and two wine decanters of cut glass comprised the set the last of all a splendid saddle and bridal [sic] for his horse the whole cost [$3,500] our brigade paid him a visit on Friday and saw the presents. as I have just come off of picket and I wish to write to [Geneve] and to the Boys I hope that you will excuse this short letter hopeing [sic] that I may not have to write many more letters excuse the bad writings as the ink used is poor and I can get any more in the Brigade write soon and oblige your loving
Bro.
Chas Sealy


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Letter

Citation

Charles Sealy, “Charles Sealy to his sister Mary Ann (Mate) Sealy Woodward written April 19, 1863 at Camp Shaefer.,” Midway Village Museum - Digital Collections, accessed July 29, 2021, https://midwayvillagemuseumdigitalcollections.omeka.net/items/show/15.

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