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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 loss of life stopover at many families within the land, this is often the tale of a tender recruit’s devotion to relatives and state. William Remmel’s letters hide greater than complete years of carrier within the 121st long island Infantry Regiment through the Civil warfare, from August 1862 to October of 1864. they supply info on army and social heritage within the japanese theater of operations and at the event of the homefront in upstate ny between a principally immigrant, working-class family members and neighborhood. like all different soldier in some other struggle, Remmel’s reviews are either common and specified. they're common in his event of boredom, privation, soreness, and finally, obliteration. His situations have been idiosyncratic in that he used to be an immigrant boy, severe, considerate, articulate, who represents a constituency of one.
Sergeant Remmel’s unit (which was once for a time commanded by way of Emory Upton, an incredible determine within the post-war military) was once a part of the sixth Corps, military of the Potomac. He used to be a German immigrant who had settled together with his mom and dad and kin in a long way upstate manhattan. the writer wrote in English and it sounds as if his mom and dad answered in German. probably this cultural distinction led Remmel to be quite cautious in his writing and to give an explanation for occasions with strange precision.
In addition to the $64000 fabric on an immigrant family’s adventure, Remmel additionally bargains with the query of slavery, ailment and sanatorium care (when he was once wounded), the matter of demanding war/total conflict, 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 kinfolk believed he died as a POW at Andersonville felony, and so they spent a great deal of effort and time vainly attempting to be sure his fate.

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The inhabitants of the complete metropolitan sector handed 1000000. Ira Rosenwaike, inhabitants heritage of latest York urban (Syracuse: Syracuse college Press, 1972), forty two, 55–56, sixty three; usa Census Bureau, 8th Census (1860): inhabitants, Manufactures, Mobility and Miscellaneous (Washington, D. C. : govt Printing Office, 1864), 609. five. George okay. Rogers, a resident of Salisbury, died on the age of forty-three on February four, 1870, and is buried in Dibble-Tuttle Cemetery in Salisbury. “Mr. Kimble” might seek advice from Chester Kimball of Salisbury, who died in 1892 on the age of eighty-two and is buried in Stratford Cemetery in Salisbury, or to G. H. Kimball, a mechanic who lived in Stratford. most sensible, background of the 121st, 6–7; Dibble-Tuttle Cemetery files, Herkimer County old Society; Stratford Cemetery documents, Herkimer County ancient Society; Gazetteer and enterprise listing of Montgomery and Fulton Counties, manhattan, 1869–1870 (Syracuse: Hamilton baby, 1870), 277–79. 6. those routine by means of Union and accomplice troops happened initially of the Antietam crusade. OR, 19:814–15; OR complement, 46:457, 504. 7. throughout the conflict of South Mountain the sixth Corps attacked A. P. Hill’s place at Crampton’s hole. The 121st ny got here lower than artillery fire whereas entering into place. The regiment, which used to be no longer placed into direct motion, was once ordered to lie at the back of the protecting disguise of a hill. Remmel saw the conflict from this vantage. Col. Joseph J. Bartlett commanded the brigade to which the 121st belonged. The 121st suffered no casualties within the conflict. OR, 19:374–82, 388–90; top, background of the 121st, 15–21; Stephen W. Sears, A panorama grew to become purple: The conflict of Antietam (New York: Ticknor and Fields, 1983), 145–50. eight. citadel Lincoln, situated in Hyattsville, Maryland, shaped a element of the defenses round Washington, D. C. The regiment named the fortress within the president’s honor after receiving Lincoln’s compliment in the course of a assessment of troops. most sensible, heritage of the 121st, 7; Cilella, “The 121st New York,” 27–29. nine. participants of the Remmel kin pointed out during this letter comprise more youthful brothers Augustus, Caleb, and Harmon, more youthful sister Ada, and older sister Louisa and her husband, William Empie. Remmel, “Harmon L. Remmel,” 2. a hundred and forty / Notes to Pages 8–11 10. Alphonzo Casler of corporation H acquired a furlough at Camp Schuyler in September, which lasted till October 1. In Casler’s provider checklist his first identify is spelled “Alphonzo. ” Remmel sometimes spells it “Alphonso. ” Remmel’s spelling has been retained in his letters, yet all editorial references to Casler spell his identify with a “z. ” provider documents, microcopy 551, roll 23. eleven. Maj. Gen. Henry W. Slocum commanded the second Brigade of the first department, which shaped a part of the left wing of Maj. Gen. William B. Franklin’s sixth Corps through the Maryland crusade of 1862. the realm Remmel calls “Hampton hole” is de facto named Crampton’s hole, which figured prominently within the conflict of South Mountain on September 14, 1862. Franklin’s lack of ability to correctly persist with up his hard-won good fortune of September 14 helped to make sure the accomplice catch of the arsenal at Harpers Ferry by means of Stonewall Jackson.

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