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Painter, Heber (fl. 1841-1900) Collection of Heber Painter, I company, 58th regiment, Pennsylvania, infantry [Decimalized .001-.182]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02016 Author/Creator: Painter, Heber (fl. 1841-1900) Place Written: [various places] Type: Header Record Date: 1860-1866 Pagination: 182 items

Summary of Content: The collection mostly consists of correspondence from Painter to his aunt and sisters. His letters contain descriptions of camp life, his feelings towards slavery, and anti-Yankee sentiment in Virginia shortly after the war. More specifically he witnesses fighting between the Monitor and Merrimac, the Battle at Batchelder's Creek, the Battle of Fort Harrison/Chaffin's Farm, the fall of Richmond, and the Union occupation of Petersburg. A collection inventory is available.

Background Information: Before joining the service, Painter was a trained printer from Danville, Pennsylvania. He was mustered as a private into F Company of the 58th Pennsylvania infantry on 8 October 1861 and transferred ...to I Company on 1 March 1862. While in I Company, he was promoted to Sergeant and eventually mustered out on 21 January 1866 as First Lieutenant. Painter also held a post as Quartermaster's clerk, and performed freedman duties shortly after the war ended. See More

People: Painter, Heber, 1841-1900

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Soldier's LetterBattleCivil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesUnion Soldier's LetterMilitary CampSlaveryAfrican American HistoryReconstructionIroncladNavyFreemenInfantry

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