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By William Remmel

Uncommonly articulate letters from a tender German-American soldier with the Union forces.
During a clash that observed dying stopover at many families within the land, this is often the tale of a tender recruit’s devotion to kin and country. William Remmel’s letters hide greater than complete years of carrier within the 121st manhattan Infantry Regiment through the Civil conflict, from August 1862 to October of 1864. they supply info on army and social background within the japanese theater of operations and at the event of the homefront in upstate ny between a principally immigrant, working-class relations and neighborhood. like any different soldier in another conflict, Remmel’s reviews are either common and distinctive. they're common in his event of boredom, privation, ache, and eventually, obliteration. His situations have been idiosyncratic in that he was once an immigrant boy, critical, considerate, articulate, who represents a constituency of one.
Sergeant Remmel’s unit (which was once for a time commanded by way of Emory Upton, a major determine within the post-war military) used to be a part of the sixth Corps, military of the Potomac. He was once a German immigrant who had settled together with his mom and dad and relations in some distance upstate ny. the writer wrote in English and it seems that his mom and dad replied in German. possibly this cultural distinction led Remmel to be fairly cautious in his writing and to provide an explanation for occasions with strange precision.
In addition to the $64000 fabric on an immigrant family’s event, Remmel additionally bargains with the query of slavery, ailment and health facility care (when he used to be wounded), the matter of challenging war/total battle, in addition to the campaigns of Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and the Shenandoah Valley in 1864. He disappears, MIA, on the conflict of Cedar Creek, October 19, 1864. His kin believed he died as a POW at Andersonville felony, they usually spent a great deal of effort and time vainly attempting to ascertain his fate.

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My future health continues to be reliable and belief this finds you to boot. Hoping to listen to from you quickly. I stay your affectionate soldier brother, Wm. Remmel Camp of the 121st Regiment close to Hazel River, Va. April eleventh, 1864 pricey mom and dad, Having aplenty of rest time, i presumed i'd take this chance of shedding you a couple of traces. i'm good, as i've got continuously been capable of write you. we now have skilled a few really unpleasant and powerful climate for the earlier three weeks. It has stormed the following approximately the complete time for close to twenty days. It started out first with a heavy fall of snow, which laid or 3 days, whilst it began raining and we've got had rain the larger a part of the time considering that. The excessive water within the river has carried off the various bridges among the following and Alexandria, in order that we've had no mail considering Saturday. 33 Our brigade is among 2 rivers, separated from the remainder of the military altogether. along with the govt. bridge around the Hazel River, throughout which we 102 / bankruptcy three. 1864 procure provides, there were 2 others outfitted by way of the boys of the brigade— which price enormous exertions. those either have long gone down flow by means of the freshet and the govt. bridge equipped of boats needed to be taken up, the water raised so excessive. i feel, besides the fact that, that our wet climate is ready over and reasonable climate will keep on with. as long as it retains raining not anything will be performed within the army line of any significance. should still the elements transparent off and the roads turn into dry, the military, i feel, will circulate inside of 2 weeks if now not quicker. basic Meade had issued an order that each one sutlers and voters should still go away the military by means of the sixteenth of this month and that the officers should still pack such articles as they won't want and ship them to Alexandria, for secure retaining, until eventually the military settles down back subsequent fall. merely five days are left for this order to be performed and, if the sutlers are then but within the military, their items are used for the hospitals. 34 This indicates it seems that that, once the elements will let, a ahead circulate should be made. the warriors don't appear to care how quickly the time arrives for the bloody paintings that is sooner than us. it's got to be performed and the earlier it really is started, the speedier will probably be via with. all of us consider confident that we will whip the rebels with the massive military that we have got this spring and, may still we do that, i'm definite that the heavy fighting could be over with and the uprising will quickly be beaten. may perhaps God prosper us within the strong crusade and all might be good. I despatched you $25 alongside the final days of March. when you have acquired it, write me quickly. I despatched it in a letter. I additionally despatched again the $5, that you despatched me in a letter. allow me recognize on your subsequent no matter if this cash has been acquired. I stay, very affectionately, Your son, Wm. Remmel Camp of the 121st Regiment close to Hazel River, Va. April sixteen, 1864 expensive mom and dad, Your welcomed letter has been duly got. It might be was once unwise in me sending you that quantity of cash in a letter, yet, as I had by no means misplaced any cash prior to, i presumed i might ship the $25 within the comparable manner—there being in simple terms debts, a $20 and $5.

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