Selected Letters of Seth Gilbert Evans
Page Three
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March 24, 1863
Seth Gilbert Evans to Mother
Camp near Falmouth

The regiment's rations are listed. The weather has turned warmer. An inspection was called and three "dead beets" were paraded by with heads half-shaved, buttons cut off, and at bayonet point. Evans states that "dead beets" are those men who are always in trouble.
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August 20, 1863
Seth Gilbert Evans to Mother and S
isters
Camp near Bealton Station

Evans details in this letter the execution of a deserter.

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February 24, 1864
Seth Gilbert Evans to Sister Ada, ML, and Mother
Camp near Brandy Station

Evans has just received potatoes to ration and he notes that about half of them are frozen. The men and officers "got to throwing them." The officers are having a ball and Evans thinks it is out of place when the money and materials could be put to better use and the camp is no place for unmarried ladies. Evans notes two possibilities: 1) the war will be over by summer, or 2) God will not let it be over because the North is full of "wicked men." He also notes that men returning from furlough are reporting "more Rebels around N York than around Richmond," speaking of the Copperheads. He has more respect for the Confederate soldier. In addition, he praises his "little sister ada" for her patriotism and love of country.
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March 3, 1864
Seth Gilbert Evans to his sisters
Camp near Brandy Station

This is mostly correspondence. There is an interesting response by Evans to his sister Jennie concerning the "knights of the olden times." He claims that they had little to fear with their armor but it would not save them from a rifle ball. At present, Evans is reading a history of the Mexican-American War and notes that "this is a much larger war what was a battle then would not be a skirmish now..."
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March 16, 1864
Seth Gilbert Evans to his sisters
Camp near Brandy Station

Mostly personal correspondence, Evans does mention a visit to Dan Vaughn and reminisces on Fair Oaks. There is a very interesting ghost story or superstition mentioned here, that by calling for "Jack" a "rebel" spirit will rap on the table.
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April 24, 1864
Seth Gilbert Evans to Mother
Camp near Stevensburg, Virginia

Evans adds some description concerning his winter camp as well as a mention of an "infidel book" that he had discovered in an abandoned camp. [At this time, I do not know the identity of this "infidel book," although several possibilities have been suggested, such as "The Planter: or, Thirteen Years in the South," and Darwin's "Origin of Species."
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April 21, 1876
Certificate of Honorable Discharge - New York State Militia

The certificate of honorable discharge from the State Militia of New York. Evans has achieved the rank of Captain as Ordinance Officer.
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