Wood (William F.) Papers, 1862, 1 Item

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Cite As:William F. Wood Papers, 1862, Pearce Civil War Collection, Navarro College, Corsicana, Texas

Forms Part of: Pearce Civil War Collection

Location: 1-E24-a

Transcription(s): Incomplete

Scanned Copies on File: No

Accession Number: 2005.105

Processed by: Mary Hayes, April 2006

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Abstract: In this signed letter, written on patriotic stationery and dated October 4, 1862, William Wood writes to his brother and sister about his experiences at Fort Pulaski, Georgia. He describes weaponry in some detail, then talks of an expedition resulting in the acquisition of some Rebel furniture and other items “too numerous to mention.” William’s letter reflects his attitudes concerning battle strategy and includes some details of camp life, including the food, Sunday sermons, and his irritation at some of his commanding officers.

Biographical/Historical Sketch

William F. Wood was 18 years old when he enlisted as a private in the 48th New York Volunteer Infantry in Brooklyn. The 48th New York Volunteers were also known as “Perry’s Saints.” He was promoted to Corporal on March 26, 1864 and shortly thereafter was seriously wounded at Drewry’s Bluff. He died of these wounds in Annapolis, Maryland on September 24, 1864.

Scope and Content Note

In this letter written on patriotic stationery and dated October 4, 1862, William F. Wood describes in some detail the expeditions in the area of Fort Pulaski, Georgia that he has witnessed. He describes the weaponry in some detail, as well as the equipment and supplies garnered at the expense of the Confederates. William goes on to write, “Beauregard boasts that he will take Fort Pulaski in his speaches to the soldiers at Savanah all that our Boys want him to do is to come and try it . . .” William seems not to shrink from the dangers of wartime. He writes, “Wherever there is danger there you will find me if there is volunters called for or I can get on the expedition.” His thoughts on the strategies of battle become clear to the reader. He believes that delay is “injurious in the end to themselves. by allowing the enemy to get themselves better ready to receive them . . .” William states that he found the Sunday sermon somewhat inspirational. “The subject was Moses and his choice and which course he took quite ably delivered. it was quite interesting it quite took my attention . . .” Lastly, he writes that he doesn’t know if he will be paid this month “as the new recruits have taken so much money for their Bounties.”


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