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Collection Number: 05357-z

Collection Title: S. Millett Thompson Letters, 1863-1864

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Size 11 items
Abstract S. Millett Thompson was born in Barnstead, N.H., and lived in Durham, N.H. He enlisted on 13 August 1862 and joined Company E of the 13th New Hampshire Infantry Regiment on 19 September 1862 as a first sergeant. He was promoted to seconnd lieutenant on 10 June 1863 and fought mostly in Virginia during the Civil War. Wounded during the Siege of Petersburg on 15 June 1864, Thompson was discharged from an infirmary in Hampton, Va., on 4 October 1864. After the war, he moved to Providence, R.I., where he lived until his death on 26 May 1911. The collection contains eleven letters, 1863-1864, from S. Millett Thompson in the 13th New Hampshire Infantry to family members, and one letter, 18 April 1864, from Thompson requesting a day pass to Richmond, Va. The letters describe troop movements around the Pamunkey River and York River in Virginia, including General John A. Dix's "Blackberry Raid," the burning of Martha Washington's house, and foraging. Later letters describe Thompson's injuries from the Siege of Petersburg.
Creator Thompson, S. Millett, d. 1911.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the S. Millett Thompson Letters #5357-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchases from Historical Collectible Auctions, Burlington, N.C., in October 2007 (Acc. 100782).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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S. Millett Thompson was born in Barnstead, N.H., and lived in Durham, N.H. He enlisted on 13 August 1862 and joined Company E of the 13th New Hampshire Infantry Regiment on 19 September 1862 as a first sergeant. He was promoted to second lieutenant on 10 June 1863 and fought mostly in Virginia during the Civil War. Wounded during the Siege of Petersburg on 15 June 1864, Thompson was discharged from an infirmary in Hampton, Va., on 4 October 1864. After the war, he moved to Providence, R.I., where he lived until his death on 26 May 1911.

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The collection contains eleven letters, 1863-1864, from S. Millett Thompson with the 13th New Hampshire Infantry during the Civil War to family members, and one letter, 18 April 1864, from Thompson requesting a day pass to Richmond, Va. The letters describe troop movements around the Pamunkey River and York River in Virginia, including General Dix's "Blackberry Raid," the burning of Martha Washington's house, and foraging. Later letters describe Thompson's injuries from the Siege of Petersburg.

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Contents list

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11 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Folder 1

Letters, 1863-1864 #05357-z, Series: "Letters, 1863-1864." Folder 1

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Processing Information

Processed by: Amy Roberson, January 2008

Encoded by: Amy Roberson, January 2008

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