Private James Sterling, DOW, 7th Connecticut Volunteers, Civil War Archive, Including Letter Concerning His Death
An intimate collection of 8 letters with transcriptions from Pvt. James Sterling of the 7th Connecticut Volunteers, his brother, Edgar C. Sterling, and his sister.
Dear Brother, writes Pvt. Sterling in a letter dated Nov. 29, 1861, I take my pen to write you a few lines there is a great deal to Write about so much that I scarsley now what to write first but as you wanted to describe all that I have seene and soforth I will begin with the time I started from Fortress Monroe...he continues to describe a terrible hurricane that he encountered while sailing with a large fleet.
In other letters Sterling goes on about the woes of camp life, 15th of Nov you wrote you were about to sit down to your supper I wish that I was there to sit down to the old chery bord with you...when I sit down to supper it is to no table at all...
In another letter dated March 6, 1864, Edgar writes to James, we feal very ancious about you for we want to know how your wounds are getting along. I saw in the paper that your name was in the list of Casualties. The paper stated that all those that were killed and mortley wounded was left on the field of Battle. It seames by the paper that...It was a teriable battle but I hope to hear from you soon...
Eleven days later, the Sterlings received heartbreaking news. My dear Sir, writes hospital secretary Leonard Bullis, Your brother died in this Hospital on the 25th day of February 1864 Gunshot wounds received at the battle of Oluste[sic] Fla.
James Sterling enlisted as a private and was mustered into Co. E of the 7th Connecticut Volunteers in September of 1861. In October and November 1863, the regiment's status changed and it was equipped as a "boat infantry" for the specific purpose of leading an amphibious night assault on Fort Sumter, SC. Although the 7th trained at Folly Island, SC, the project was ultimately ended because it was deemed impractical. Before dying from wounds suffered at the Battle of Olustee, Sterling was engaged in various battles including Secessionville and Drewry's Bluff.
Letters have typical folds several have toning and cases of soiling typical of letters from the front.