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Fine content Union soldier's letter, 4+pp. (various sizes) on 'Hammond General Hospital' letterhead, Point Lookout, Feb. 3, 1863. Pvt. M. H. Winebrenner of Co. F, 127th Pa. Infantry, writes to his sister. The 127th was a 9-month regiment that was the first brigade to cross the pontoon bridge at Fredericksburg. On Dec. 13, the regiment was decimated with 257 killed or wounded, Winebrenner likely among them. He writes, in small part: '…on this point is the hospital buildings. It is no town, nothing but the hospital buildings…There is no stores here…There is a sutler here and that is the only place you can buy anything to eat, and there is not much place to walk around, no papers, no books, no nothing…in the eating…since we came here, it is beautifully less…We get for breakfast a small slice of black bread, no substance in it at all…and a cup of stuff they call coffee which I nothing but burnt beans, sometimes a small piece of butter that is most strong enough to carry away the bread…dinner is a small piece of bread like in the morning with a cup of soup and supper is the same as breakfast…it impossible to get more here on the Point without money…It won't last forever therefore I am contented…I never got the $5 that John sent me…Some person stole my overcoat and it is gone. That is $7.20 more and here I am at this place nearly starved…many of the men grumbled when we first came here, but then the rations were much better…when men have fallen on the battlefield in defense of their country, they expect much better treatment…we are treated of our just rights here by scamps that the government has put over us…there is no person to see the frauds that are perpetrated here…' Four months later, Winebrenner would be mustered out.

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October 29, 2020, 10:00 AM EST

Chesapeake City, MD, US

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