Waldo (Alfred E.) Papers, 1864, 1 Item

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Cite As:Waldo (Alfred E.) Papers, 1864, Pearce Civil War Collection, Navarro College, Corsicana, Texas

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Abstract: Autograph Letter Signed by Alfred Edward Waldo, 35th Massachusetts, died of wounds received at Spottyslvania one month after this letter, which is 4p. octavo, pencil, dated April 21, 1864, Annapolis, Maryland with cover addressed to his parents, it reads in part: ...The 56th Mass (veterans) was here when we got here and the 57th came last night. I expect that the 58th & 59th will come in a day or so. There is one Division of Negroes to be in this Corps and Gen. Ferrero our old Gen. is going to command them. That is the report and they are pretty smart looking chaps too. I guess that they will fight too, get them into battle and they had better fight if they are going to use them as they did at Fort Pillow. I expect that there will [be] a few hundred greybacks strung up to pay for that scrape. I suppose when they talk about our having the black man to help us fight they forgot that they have the red man to help them and if there is a more savage race of men on the face of the earth I have not heard of them. We have been in all of the departments but one and have had a chance to see men from all of the southern states. While at Knoxville we had to fight against the Indians and one morning when our pickets were drove in there was a man shot through the back that belonged to the 57th P.V. of our brigade and we being on the skedaddle we could not help his falling into the hands of the rebels. The next day we charged on them and drove them back to their old position, we found the body of the 57th man and they were not satisfied with shooting him but after he was down and helpless they ran a bayonet through his head. This is but one instance out of many that we was witness to while at Knoxville & East Tenn.

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