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Letter from George Carwardine

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Admin/Biog History CARWARDINE, George - Cpl., Company E, 2nd Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
George was born circa 1840 at New York. Jose (George) Cawerdine was listed in the 1860 federal census as a day laborer residing with the family of John D. Jones in the first ward of the city of Oshkosh, Winnebago County. He was born circa 1840 at Wales. George was single and a carpenter residing at Oshkosh when he enlisted there on Apr. 21, 1861. Standing 5'10" tall, he had blue eyes, brown hair and a dark complexion. George was killed in action on July 1, 1863 in the battle at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Classification Archives
Collection Civil War Small Collections
Dates of Accumulation October 30, 1862
Abstract 1 letter on patriotic letterhead from George Carwardine to his siblings:

Camp near Berlin, Maryland.
Oct 30th 1862.

Dear Brother and Sister,

Yours of Oct. 5th come duly to hand. I hope you will excuse me for not answering it before. We are still in Maryland, but are now in a fair way to get out. We have been marching and counter marching, up and down the river, all the time since I wrote [last], and have not stayed in one place more than 48 hours at one time. We are now down opposite the point of rocks and expecting to cross. Most of the army is across. They have been a crossing since Sunday morning. We are about the last. We expect to cross tonight or tomorrow morning [and continue] on [the] march. Expect to hear some stirring news before long from the Army of the Potomac. I presume, when you receive this, I shall be over in Dixie and taking the first step towards the new campaign, which is about to transpire.
The weather is fair here, getting [a] little cool [at] night, and some light frost, which is of course [through which we] sleep nights. We have to carry a very large knapsack. I will give you a list of what we have to carry: a blanket, both rubber and woolen, overcoat, two shirts, socks, tent, and various other little things, which is necessary for [a] soldiers comfort. And when we get it all in a knapsack it makes a very heavy one, besides our gun and cartridge box with 60 rounds of cartridges.
I presume that you have heard it in Wisconsin, that we was coming home to recruit the regiment this winter, [so] our Colonel has heard. About a month ago the Governor was in Washington and seen the Colonel and told him, "Ill take the regiment home and recruit them." He told the Governor that he would rather recruit them in the field and it was agreed upon to do so. And since then he has denied it and denied that there was any such conservation occurred, when we have it right from [the] men that were there in the Hospital at that time, and said it. And the Governor went to other Hospitals and called on all the Wisconsin boys that was sick and wounded, and told them the same thing. So you can guess that our feelings are anything but amicable.
We were sure in high glee about going home this winter, but now it has all proved a sham. And we have now got to march and pack knapsacks, and fight, and endure anything and everything else. We heard yesterday that the Enemy was retreating from Winchester, falling back down the Valley, and to Gordonsville, where they will probably make a stand. [I] suppose there will be some hard fighting done before they are dislodged from there.
You spoke of my getting a furlough. It would be useless to try because there is none granted, only in case of sickness [where] a change of climate would save life. And for me to ask for a furlough it would be useless. We hear orders published to us every little while to that effect so that we shall not forget. I have made up my mind to stick her out and make the best of it. I do here from home every little while. I received a letter from Amos the other day, the first one for four months. They are all well at best, about James' children was growing finely and all. Tell Mr. Metzer that I will write to him the first opportunity, without fail. That is all at present. I will close with my best wishes to all
Your brother George Carwardine
Event Civil War
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Notes CARWARDINE, George - Cpl., Company E, 2nd Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
George was born circa 1840 at New York. Jose (George) Cawerdine was listed in the 1860 federal census as a day laborer residing with the family of John D. Jones in the first ward of the city of Oshkosh, Winnebago County. He was born circa 1840 at Wales. George was single and a carpenter residing at Oshkosh when he enlisted there on Apr. 21, 1861. Standing 5'10" tall, he had blue eyes, brown hair and a dark complexion. George was killed in action on July 1, 1863 in the battle at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Object ID SC411.5.12.2
Object Name Letter
People Carwardine, George
Subjects Civil War
2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
Iron Brigade
Camps
Equipment
Ammunition
Title Letter from George Carwardine
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