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i think that I shal go to my rigment in a weak or to they hant but 73 men left in my rigment so the paper says so that i dont no as i could find them if i should try to....i am glad they are a goen to draft so they will be apt to get som of them that is a fraid they will half to sleap on the ground

L. A. GRAHAM. Autograph Letter Signed, on patriotic letterhead, to his sister, August 18, 1862, Paterson’s Park Hospital, Baltimore, 3 pp.

Inventory #21265.29       Price: $150

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                    August 18 62

                     Patersons Park

                      Hospital Baltimore MD

Dear sister i resived your cind leter to day and i was glad to here from you and here that you was well i am a great deal beter than i was when i wrote to you before i think that I shal go to my rigment in a weak or to they hant but 73 men left in my rigment so the paper says so that i dont no as i could find them if i should try to i havent hurd from the rigment sence <2> i left the rigment and i expect to now i have wrote 4 leters to the rigment sence i have ben here i dont no of eney nuse to wright to you you i am glad they are a goen to draft so they will be apt to get som of them that is a fraid they will half to sleap on the ground i got a leter from a fellow the other day and he sead that he would inlist if it want for sleaping on the ground and i hope that he will get drafted and all the rest of such men i think that you will be lonsom when the <3> boys leave those i cant think of eney thing more to wright to you I want you to wright to me as soon as you got this and tell me all the nuse that you can think of to wright to me so good by for this time this from your brother L A. Graham to Carey E

Historical Background

During the Civil War, Patterson Park in Baltimore served as an army camp. In 1862, the army established Jarvis U.S. General Hospital in Patterson Park. It was particularly busy after the Battle of Antietam in September 1862 and the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863.

The 102nd New York was recruited in various parts of the state and partially organized in January 1862, and further organized in March. It moved to Washington in March and April, and then to Harper’s Ferry in May. The 102nd New York participated in the Battle of Cedar Mountain on August 9, 1862, where it lost 115 in killed, wounded, or missing, or more than half of the total taken into action, which Graham reflects in his letter.

One month after Graham wrote this letter, the 102nd New York fought in the Battle of Antietam and suffered an additional 37 casualties. In 1863, the regiment participated in the Battle of Chancellorsville and the Battle of Gettysburg. In late 1863, it participated in the battles lifting the siege of Chattanooga, then the battles in the Atlanta campaign. It accompanied General William T. Sherman’s army in the march to the sea and siege of Savannah. It continued in early 1865 through the Carolinas and was present at the surrender of Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston’s army in April. The 102nd New York took part in the Grand Review in Washington, D.C. in May and was mustered out of service in July 1865.

L. A. Graham is probably Larimore A. Graham (1840-1894), who was born in Yates County, New York. He was a farmer in 1860, and he enlisted on February 5, 1862, as a private in Company H of the 102nd New York Volunteer Infantry. He reenlisted in February 1864 and was promoted to corporal in July 1865, two weeks before the company mustered out of service at Alexandria, Virginia. After the war, he returned to Italy, New York, in Yates County, where he was a farmer. He married Laura Serena McConnell (1842-1905) in November 1865, and they had no children. He served in various town offices in Italy for eighteen years.


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