Letter written by Henry W. Fielding from Rappahanock Station to his sister on July 29, 1863

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Letter written by Henry W. Fielding from Rappahanock Station, Virginia, on July 29, 1863, to his sister, Mrs. Roselia H. Taylor, of Russia Corners, New York: a machine readable transcription


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WASHINGTOND. C. (District of Columbia) (Washington, District of Columbia)
AUG 1 1863

Mrs Roselia H Taylor (Taylor, Roselia H. (Mrs.))
Russia Corners
Herkimer Co
N..Y (New York) (Russia Corners, New York) (Herkimer County, New York)

PAGE IMAGEJuly 29 / 63
Rappahanock (Rappahannock) Station (Rappahannock Station, Virginia)
Dear Sister (Taylor, Roselia H. (Mrs.)) & Brother

Again I find a few
moments to write you
a few lines, We have
been on a steadey (steady)
march untill we reached
this place, can not tell
how long we shall
we remain here
All of the Potomac army (Army of the Potomac) is armed here
do not know whether
we shall cross the river
here. Most likely the
most of the army
will, the pontoons
are allreadey (all ready) to swing

PAGE IMAGE across now, It may
commence crossing
this Afternoon. Can not
tell whether our Division
will cross or not we
were flankers a coming
here we had rather
do that than to be
in advance all of the
time, I under stand
the new cavalry goes
in advance this time.
There is a great deal cavalry
around here & I
hear that we have sixteen
thousand a following
the rebs in the rear
We left Berlin (Berlin, Maryland) the
next day after I wrote
you we followed the
blue ridge up did
PAGE IMAGE not meet with much
opposition untill
we came to Chester
gap (Chester Gap, Virginia) , & there the rebs
had got three hours
the start of us, we
run around so as
to come in there
front. but we found
so rebel Infrantry (infantry) & Cav
that we could not make
any stand so we fell
back a mile & camp
the next day the rebs
were so hard pressed
us to have to run
there (their)  waggon (wagon) train
in sight so that our
artillery shelled them
which stop them for
five hours, then the
PAGE IMAGE rebels advanced on us
in solid line of Infrantry (Infantry)
& cavalry which of
course drove back out
of reach of there (their) train
We do not hear much
news from abroard (abroad)
here. Some think
that we have Charles town (Charlestown) , & I hope really it
is so, if so it will be
a great damper on the
rebels, We found along
the mountain a great
many cattle & sheep that
the rebs brought from
many lands & Penn (Pennsylvania) (Pennsylvania) we
took it all pretty much
Please write me soon I
am anxious to hear from
you I have not heard in a
great while from you SJ

Yours Ever Henry (Fielding, Henry W.)
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