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Original 116th Pennsylvania "Irish" Letter by William A. Smith



 
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Original 116th Pennsylvania "Irish" Letter by William A. Smith


This letter is dated June 12th, 1863. Smith is writting from general hospital and describes artillery firing as he writes. There is interesting story about "Old Joe" Hooker who visited the boys on picket line and was very impressed with the large 100 pound cannon.

"I guess Old Joe is giving them a taste for glory or an appetite for their breakfast this morning. There was fighting all day yesterday with muskets. Old Joe was over to see the pickets, he was riding along the lines com up to where there was a 100 pound cannon laying. He said that was the boy to have on the hill. If they dont get out of there it would have to put it up to help them to get away from there - so I think he had it put up there last night as some of the boys was down here this morning.... he said there was an order to camp for a detail for some men and they thought it was for the purpose to put it up.

There is some talk of the 2nd Corps moving back somewhere to do provost guard duty but it is not likely...Old Joe cannot let us go away from the front, for that is our place ever since we have been here. There is another cannon shot off now, so goodbye and give my love to all my friends and love to you all. Your son, William A. Smith."

This letter is written in ink, it is 3 pages long and in fine condition. It comes with an envelope less the stamp.



116th PA Monument on the Gettysburg Battlefield. William A. Smiths name can be found on the PA Monument.

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