Charles Sealy to his sister Mary Ann (Mate) Sealy Woodward, written December 14, 1862 from Camp Sheridan.

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Charles Sealy to his sister Mary Ann (Mate) Sealy Woodward, written December 14, 1862 from Camp Sheridan.


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.)


Charles Sealy


December 14, 1862


Midway Village Museum






Camp Sheridan
Dec 14th 1862
Dear Sister
So goes the world! it so happens if I do not get all of your letters you get mine but if I get all of yours you do not get mine. I received your letter of the 7th yesterday afternoon staiting [sic] that you had not received a letter from me for the past week. if you have not received a letter it is not my fault for there has not a week passed for the past 5 weeks but what I have written to some one in the family I am still on Provose guard at Mrs Maxwells and are likely to stay
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some time yet you staited [sic] in your letter that the 74th had 700 sick in the regiment it is not so they have a great many sick but they have no such number as that sick they do not fare any worst than any other regiment you seem to think that I do not think as much of my nephew as Bert and Geo. you know that I do not make much fuss over children at any time it is true that I did not have much of a thanksgiving but I fared better than most of the soldiers although the wedding cake that you sent has been on the road now for over [3] weeks I have not received it yet but hope that I shall soon you staited [sic] in your letter that Tillie Anyon was married who did she marry have you
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from Geneva lately Mate owes me two letters I do not know why she does not write to me I wrote to Geo a week or two ago but do not know whether he got it with the directions I put on it tell Hattie Goodman to be a little more careful how she directs his letters for I have received some of his letters from her directed to the 44th instead of the 45th if it had been some person he would never have got them without being read as I wish to go to the 74th to church I must close write to me every week whether you get my letters or no and I will do the same my love to all tell Walter to write direct the same as before Good Bye
From your Affectionate
Bro Chas Sealy

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Charles Sealy, “Charles Sealy to his sister Mary Ann (Mate) Sealy Woodward, written December 14, 1862 from Camp Sheridan.,” Midway Village Museum - Digital Collections, accessed April 23, 2024,