Charles Sealy to his sister Mary Ann (Mate) Sealy Woodward, written May 17, 1863 at Camp Shaefer.

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Title

Charles Sealy to his sister Mary Ann (Mate) Sealy Woodward, written May 17, 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

May 17, 1863

Rights

Midway Village Museum

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Identifier

2013.70.19a

Text

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Camp Schaefer
May 17th 1863
Dear Sister
It being now two weeks since I wrote you I think that it is time that I wrote you it is not from mere thoughtlessness that I did not write last week for I was on guard and consequently I had not time to write I recieved [sic] your two last letters and was glad to hear from you the box that you spoke of came to light on Friday the same day that I recieved [sic] your last letter but was not able to go after then until
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as I did not know that they were here until late on Friday eve and we were on picket yesterday and came of (sic) this morning the thing that you sent are good you could not of done better I can not send the money at present to pay the express(sic) on them now but will as soon as I can draw my next pay and probaly [sic] some more with it as I have a severe headake [sic] and this is going by a friend from the 74th you will excuse this short letter and I will comply with your request of your last letter on the fore part of the week give my love to all good bye
From you loving
Bro
Chas Sealy

Original Format

Letter

Citation

Charles Sealy, “Charles Sealy to his sister Mary Ann (Mate) Sealy Woodward, written May 17, 1863 at Camp Shaefer.,” Midway Village Museum - Digital Collections, accessed July 29, 2021, https://midwayvillagemuseumdigitalcollections.omeka.net/items/show/17.

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