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<~~ Chatfield's January 5, 1864 postmarked envelope for his same date letter to mother
<~~ Chatfield's March 8, 1863 postmarked envelope for his same-date letter to his parents
The August 21, 1862 mischievous letter penned to Edward by brother David (16) while in school (David's only letter) mentions the death of a classroom friend foreshadowing David's own fate within 25 months
October 27, 1862 letter to mother reviewing: monthly pay, equipment and uniform issues; Edward's readiness for war and the his regiment's morning's march to (adjacent) Camp Douglas to quell a prison riot.
December 6, 1862 letter composed in berry juice while on picket in the hills above Oxford, Mississippi, describing: (CS General Sterling) Price's retreat south of the Tallahatchie River; living off the land; Grant's division approaching from the east; and the discouraged mood of numerous deserting Confederates
February 14-15,1863 letter from Young's Point, Louisiana (on DeSoto Point, just west of "Butler's Ditch" ) recounting: death's mounting toll by disease; the canal dig; the rising river; a gunboat running the blockade; the brigade's young drummer boy; Chatfield's "splendid Enfield Rifle" (taken at what Chatfield called a "little fight" at Arkansas Post)
March 18-20, 1863 letter to Father and Mother from Young's Point, with a map of the peninsula and a narrative of the scene at large as Commodore Farragut pounds Warrenton, below Vicksburg, and Chatfield's 113th and other regiments embark by steamer to rescue Admiral Porter's trapped war ships at Rolling Fork beyond Deer Creek and Black Bayou
July 4, 1863 Chatfield's jubilant letter, written while ill, chronicling the fall Vicksburg and his expectations to march on the morrow with Sherman's Corps to force CSA Joe Johnston out of Jackson, Mississippi

Private Edward L. Chatfield's Letters

Here are a few of the hundreds we transcribed.
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Chronology of Letter Ownership

(1862-1878) Edward and his parents, Kankakee, Illinois
 
(1879-1916) Edward and Anna Bates Chatfield, Littleton, Colorado
 
(1917-1923) Edward, Littleton, Colorado
 
(1924-1959) Edaline Chatfield and Bernard Rhea, Colorado,
California, and Arizona

 
(1960-1963) Edaline Chatfield Rhea, Yuma, Arizona
 
(1964-2015) Margaret Chatfield McCarty and Terry M. McCarty, California, Hawaii, Florida and Texas

 
(2015- ) the Huntington Library, San Marino, California
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