Offering an assemblage of five Civil War letters, 11 pp, from H.P. Chard, who writes his first letter aboard Steam Tug H.A. Wolkyns, Alexandria, VA, and instructs the recipient to send a response in care of Captain Brown Harbor Master. Most of the content is chatty with the highlights being “a great many wounded coming in from the front,” death of his friend who had joined the Zouaves, fun in the barracks during which the superintendent drew his revolver to calm the disturbance.
April 9, 1864, Geisboro Point, 2 pp, 4 1/2 x 7 1/4, aboard the steam tug Alfred A. Wolkyns in Alexandria.
“I arrived here safe and sound yesterday morning after running around Washington three or four hours for a pass. I found the tug and have got along first rate, and like it very well. Andrew Roams who enlisted in Collis Zouaves is dead. His father came on with me after his body. Alexandria is the same old place. As I have no news of any account, I will draw to a close with my best wishes for all the family...H.P. Chard...Steam Tug H.A. Wolkyns, Alexandria, VA, Care Capt. Brown, Harbormaster”
June 3, Alexandria, 2 pp, 4 x 7, “...There is a great many wounded coming from the front. I am glad to say I don’t see anybody I know. As my hand is very sore with bile, I will have to close with my prayer to God to watch over us and lead us safely to heaven. Remember me to all inquiring friends...H.P. Chard”
December 23, ’63, Geisboro Point, 3pp, 5 x 7 3/4, “...It surprises me to hear that you did not know I had left Richmond. I am a kind of underboss here. I came on with a young man named Fogg...He has a nice rich uncle in Washington...The fun is in the Barracks where we sleep. There is six of us here who have from 20 to 25 men and they make a terrible fuss tonight. They flew at the superintendent of the mess house and would have hurt him but he drew a revolver...and that settled it. I should like to be to the festival on New Year’s but I can’t do it for last Sunday I had to call my gang out to work and work all day...This is a great country down here where you cannot do anything without being locked up...I tell you it is a great trial for a Templar down here for all hands are drunk tonight getting ready for Christmas...I wish you would go over to our house and tell Sallie to send some more postage stamps for I lost all of mine yesterday through the negligence of the watchman...Harry P. Chard”
July 9, Fortress Monroe, 2pp, 5 x 8,“...I have been laying here about a week but expect to go up the [James] River in a few days...You want to know when I changed my position. I done it about two weeks ago. You also want to know when I am coming home. I cannot tell for it is uncertain now...”
August 19, 1864, Washington, 2pp, 5 x 7 3/4, “...I have just returned from Fortress Monroe, where I went on business...You say Richmond is the same old place...I tried very hard to get home when I lay over in Baltimore...When you get those letters send them on to Fort Monroe...I had a nice time in Baltimore. I hunted for two days and nights for a Temple but could not find one...”
The letters are in very good condition. The final letter is slightly light with a couple of small edge splits.
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