Wardwell (E.H.) Papers, 1862, 1 Item
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Cite As:E.H. Wardwell Papers, 1862, Pearce Civil War Collection, Navarro College, Corsicana, Texas
Forms Part of: Pearce Civil War Collection
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Accession Number: 2005.150
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Abstract: One 4 page letter dated May 18, 1862, and written by E.H. Wardwell to \"Miss Annie\" relates details his experiences during the naval engagements at and around New Orleans.
Ernest Hilliare Wardwell was born in Maryland. He enlisted on September 7, 1861 as a 20 year-old private from Methuen, Massachusetts and was mustered into \"I\" Company of the Massachusetts 26th Infantry on October 23, 1861.
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One 4 page letter dated May 18, 1862, and written by E.H. Wardwell to \"Miss Annie\" relates details his experiences during the naval engagements at and around New Orleans. Wardwell writes of \"the famous Butler expedition\" successes at New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Natchez. He then elaborates on his experiences in New Orleans. He speaks of the New Orleans citizen\'s brutality toward the Union forces and their insufficient number of troops. Wardwell mentions his promotion to commissar of the fort, but quickly says he will probably not be in the position for long. He then describes the bombardment of the forts at New Orleans. He describes the attack as the most beautiful thing he has ever seen. \". . . the glow of the shot and shell illuminated the whole heavens.\" Wardwell closes by talking about the massive attacks his fort has endured, and states that it is still strong enough to protect them from \"any force the rebels can bring against it.\"