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[The following letter was written to Henry Reardon, Jennie's brother. He and Edgar Viall had just arrived in Corinth to set up a sutler's store.] [Addressed on the back]: Near Ripley October 7, 62 Lieutenant Ruby, give this to Henry Reardon. Hancock Three miles from Pocahontas Or 25 or 30 miles southwest [northwest] of Corinth Monday 2 PM October 7 [1862] Henry, Here we are without much fighting; only one or two slight skirmishes. We are pressing the enemy hard. We have here met their pickets and may have a battle here. Write home and to the "Sentinel" or "Wisconsin" all the information you can get of our losses killed and wounded in the battle Friday. Captain [Samuel] Harrison is alive, one leg off below the knee. Captain [Levi] Vaughn's body could not be found by us as we passed on over the old ground. Go to headquarters and get all the information of my killed and wounded. I can give you only figures in the engagement that I know of. Fifty three wounded and some twenty missing. [I] think they are not all prisoners. Sergeant Major [John M.] Read and Orderly Sergeant [Henry] Blackett are prisoners. Send my regimental mail and late papers as often as you can. My health is good, but nearly used up. Would sell myself as cheap as ever. Hancock Write a line to my sisters Mrs. A. P. Stevens, Athens, Bradford County, Pennsylvania and to Mrs. L. N. Clark, Morris, Osage County, New York, relative to the fight and my whe [Samuel Harrison enlisted in Company F at Depere on October 21, 1861 and assigned as 2nd Lieutenant. He was promoted to Captain on August 4, 1862. He was wounded on October 3, 1862 at Corinth and died of his wounds on October 20th. Levi W. Vaughn enlisted in Company E at Kewaunee on October 13, 1861 and was assigned as 1st Lieutenant. He was promoted to Captain on April 18, 1862. He was killed in action at Corinth on October 3, 1862. Henry S. Blackett enlisted at Baraboo in Company K on September 18, 1861 and assigned as 1st Sergeant. He was captured at Corinth on October 3, 1862. Following his release, he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant. He resigned on June 8, 1864.]
Letter from John Hancock to Henry Reardon. -THE CIVIL WAR -Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
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