George Sealy to his father Richard Sealy on October 31, 1863 from Vicksburg, Mississippi.

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George Sealy to his father Richard Sealy on October 31, 1863 from Vicksburg, Mississippi.


George A. Sealy was born in the town Castle Cary, Somersetshire, England, May 11, 1841 to Richard Sealy (born c. 1804 in South Welton, England) and Maria Louisa Champion Sealy (born c. 1803 in Wells, England). His family (including 2 brothers & 1 sister) moved to Rochester, New York around 1843. They later moved to Geneva, NY and final settled in Rockford, IL in 1855. He and his 2 brothers served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. George (along with brother Robert) served in Company G, 45th Illinois Volunteers. He enlisted September 17, 1861 as a private and was later promoted to sergeant by his brother Robert. He was involved in both the siege and the occupation of Vicksburg, and was mustered out July 12, 1865. He married twice. His first wife was Jennie A. Paxson, who died of consumption at age 33 May 4, 1876. His second wife was Fannie E. Zimmerman (died in 1908), whom he married August 5, 1877 in Winnebago County. After the war, George worked for Emerson, Talcott and Co. in Rockford, acting as their superintendent. Upon leaving Talcott Emerson in 1896 he spent a short while working for Henry Sears Cutlery in Chicago before retiring the next year and moving to San Jose, CA. It was there he passed in November 15, 1909 suddenly, while dancing at a social gathering.


George Sealy


October 31, 1863


Midway Village Museum







Vicksburg Miss
Oct 31st 63
Dear Father
Nellie arrived hear [sic] on Wednesday at about noon and with her came your letter I had written you on the Sunday before or I should of answerd [sic] it before this time and then she wrote that same night.
She brought us very sad news about Charlie and I assure you that we felt very sory [sic] about it we had supposed that he was sick and not in the Battle untill [sic] Brad got back and he told us that Charlie was wounded in the foot but we wer [sic] in hopes that it was not so serious but when Nettie came
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and told us that he had lost A limb and that you had not heard any thing direct from him it made me feel very bad and I have thought A great deal about him and how you and Mother must feel. I hope that you have heard from him direct before this time and that he is not so bad off as we have feared.
The peaches and Horse redish [sic] was very nice you could not of sent us any thing nicer than the Horse Redish [sic] it is so nice to eat on our meat I ate supper with Nellie at Mrs Blake’s the first night that she was hear [sic] she made A very quick trip and was very fourtunate [sic] in coming thrugh [sic] as quick as She did. I received A letter from John Rose by Brad and he says that he is going into business by the first
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of Next week and that he would like me to send him the money ever since I got the letter we have been expecting our pay every day and I did not answer his letter on that account we have signed our Pay [Chekes] and sent them in and as soon as we are paid I will send his money but cannot send yours this time as we do not get but two months pay this time but we wer [sic] musterd [sic] for two more to day and shall probely [sic] get it soon and then I can pay you and Bob
We have moved out of the City and are now about half A mile from it have got very good Camping ground and are fixed up very comfortable. the Col just called me up and gave me A Warrent [sic] for the office of Com Sergt I am to fill Henry Thomas’ place get four dollars more A month and have A horse to
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ride it is A much better position than I have been in. I am to enter on my new duties tomorrow morning. hoping that this will find you well & that you have heard from Charlie and with kind love to you all I remane [sic] as ever your affectionate son
George A Sealy

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