Incredible heart wrenching early war letter from Wisconsin General Charles Hamilton (as colonel of 3rd Wisconsin Infantry), written to his second in command, Lt. Colonel Thomas Ruger.
The letter is concerning the dangerous condition Hamilton's wife and family are in due to illness.
"Fond du lac
May 27 61
My dear Ruger
I have no heart for anything- my wife is dangerously ill with the scarlett fever.
I have four children sick besides, but that is nothing.
I live in fear & trembling for my wife. God grant she may recover- but if he wills otherwise- you will fill my place in the 3d.
I can never leave my 5 little ones.
Have the blankets faced the whole length & breadth either with the lightest rubber or enameled cloth.
C. S. Hamilton"
The letter comes with the original envelope. Hamilton would soon become a major general in the union army.
You can almost feel the fear in Hamilton when he wrote this letter! In fine condition, with wear as shown in the scan.
$350.00 plus shipping
Hamilton, Charles S., major-general, was born in
Westernville, N. Y., Nov. 16, 1822. He was graduated at the
United States military academy in 1843, went to Mexico in 1846
as 1st lieutenant in the army of occupation, was brevetted
captain for gallantry at Contreras and Churubusco and was
severely wounded at Molino del Rey. He subsequently served on
frontier duty until 1853, when he resigned his commission and
engaged in farming and milling at Fond du Lac, Wis., returning
to the service of the United States at the beginning of the
Civil war as colonel of the 3d Wis. volunteers, May 11, 1861,
and being promoted six days later to brigadier-general. When
Banks opposed the advance of "Stonewall" Jackson in northern
Virginia, Gen. Hamilton commanded the 1st division. He was
transferred to the Army of the Potomac in 1862 and served in
the operations of that year, including the siege of Yorktown,
receiving promotion to the rank of major-general of volunteers
Sept. 19, 1862. Being transferred to the Army of the
Mississippi, he commanded the 3d division at Iuka, Sept. 19,
1862, and at Corinth on Oct. 3 and 4, and was then, until
Jan., 1863, commander of the left wing of the Army of the
Tennessee. Resigning from the army in April, 1863, he
returned to Wisconsin, was member of the board of regents of
the University of Wisconsin, 1866-75, being president of the
board, 1869-75, and from 1869 to 1875 was United States
marshal for the district of Wisconsin. Gen. Hamilton died in
Milwaukee, Wis., April 17, 1891.
Source: The Union Army, vol. 8