Selected Letters of Seth Gilbert Evans
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June 14, 1862
Seth Gilbert Evans to his sisters
Fair Oaks Station

Evans is concerned that his letters have not been received. He mentions a battle on Sunday (most likely this is the battle of Seven Pines or Fair Oaks, and took place on Sunday, June 1). He has seen his first battle and hopes it is his last. Evans details a soldier's diet . Evans reports that his cartridge box has been stolen, and so he "borrow[ed] one from Mr rebel."

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September 8, 1862
Seth Gilbert Evans to Mother and sisters
"Not verry far from Poolsville, MD"

The march continues from Harrison's Landing. Evans must walk because his horse has a hurt back. There is a humorous side note dated "Sat" night," in which a Mr. Hull has forgotten to mail the letter, and insists that Evans open the letter and place the blame on him.
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September 16, 1862
Seth Gilbert Evans to his friends
Boonsborough, Maryland

Evans describes skirmishes leading up to the Battle of Antietam. There are wounded and dead along the roadsides as they march. It is also Evan's 20th birthday. Evans describes the countryside that they have marched through including the reaction of the local secessionists. He notes that they passed through the town where John Brown was tried and hanged (Charles Town, Virginia). While on a ship out of Newport News bound for Alexandria Evans revolver is stolen (12-shot). Mostly Evans provides a chronological account of his own path from Harrison's Landing to Maryland.
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December 5, 1862
Seth Gilbert Evans to "Sister Jennie"
Falmouth, Virginia

The weather is rain or snow. Evans' horse blanket has been stolen and he has been constructing one of grain bags. Jeff, his horse, charged him and bit his arm. He describes his meager Thanksgiving Day meal and his duties. Evans indicates that he has not liked General McClellan since the battle of Fair Oaks. Evans describes McClellan's headquarters"train" and compares it to that allowed to a regiment. Evans supports John Fremont to command. Rumor states that Burnside is in jail in Washington and there is speculation that General Sumner is in charge, and with him, no furloughs will be given. Capt. Gott is rumored now to be Lt. Col. of the "Iron Sides Regt." In addition, an amusing scrape with General Hancock is described.
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February 1, 1863
Seth Gilbert Evans to Mother
Camp near Falmouth

Evans describes winter quarters in Virginia. In addition to personal correspondence, Evans also states that while battles rage he does not mind the loss of life, for it is exciting. It is afterwards that the death and destruction affects him.
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