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Chronology of ownership and location of
Chatfield's Civil War Letters:
 
(1862-1878) Edward and his parents, Kankakee, Illinois
 
(1879-1916) Edward and wife Anna Bates, Littleton, Colorado
 
(1917-1923) Edward and daughter Edaline, Littleton; Colorado
 
(1924-1959) Edaline Chatfield Rhea and Bernard Landon Rhea, Colorado, California, Arizona
 
(1960-1963)  Edaline Chatfield Rhea, Yuma AZ
 
(1964-2015)  Margaret Chatfield McCarty and Terry M. McCarty, California, Hawaii, Florida, Texas
 
( 2015- ) the Huntington Library, San Marino, California
 
<~~ Top : Chatfield's January 5, 1864 postmarked envelope for his January 3 letter to mother
 
 
 
 
 
 
<~~ Bottom:  Chatfield's March 8, 1863 postmarked envelope for his same-date letter to father and mother
 
August 21, 1862 mischievous letter penned to Edward by brother David (16) while in school--his only letter--the death of a classroom friend foreshadowing David's fate within 25 months.
 
October 27, 1862 letter to mother citing monthly pay, equipment and uniform issue, waiting-readiness to march, and the morning's march to (adjacent) Camp Douglas to quell a prison riot.
 
December 6, 1862 letter penned in berry juice while on picket within the hills above Oxford, Mississippi. Chatfield describes (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 from Young's Point, just west of "Butler's Ditch": 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 the "little fight" at Arkansas Post.)
March 18-20, 1863 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 describing the fall Vicksburg and (although sick) his expectations to march the morrow with Sherman's Corps to force CSA Joe Johnston out of Jackson.
 

Private Edward L. Chatfield's Letters

Here's a few of the many we transcribed..
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