October 10, 2011

First Soldier's Letter: 'Trip of the Normal Rifles to Pittsburg'

Location: Camp Wilkins, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Passenger train at depot, Hanover Junction, 1863 (Source)

I'll have more about the author of this letter, Corp. Elias H. Witmer of Company E, in a future post, but for now enjoy the first of a long series of letters published in the Daily Evening Express documenting events and emotions in the life of the Lancaster County Regiment.  A couple other notes:
This letter appeared in the October 11, 1861, Express only one day after it was penned: (alternate link)

"Allegheny Tunnel" Stereoview by Purviance, W. T. (William T.) via Wikimedia Commons

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