Thursday, May 31, 2012

1862 June 1 Mechanicsville, Va.

Mechanicsville June 1st 1862  Dear Mother I received Fathers letters of
the 15th and 22d last night so I thought you would think it kind of strange if I did not write
so I take this opportunity we have been here ever since last Tuesday & are on the very instance
right within five miles of Richmond & we are on Pickett every three days & the place that we
go to is not more than A quarter of A Mile the Picketts have exchanged words with each other yeste-
rday there was A great Fight our men drove them it was  somewhere near the Chickany
nahominy swamp, I only write these few lines Just to let you know where I am
& if we do get to A place where we can rest I will give you & all the rest of the folks an
account of my March from West point to this place  & all of the Particulars since I left Alaxandria I
am well enjoying good health tell Father that we will I think get paid off next week & if we do I will
not forget my promise give my love to all I am your Son Joseph Leavitt

Letters from Joseph Leavitt of the 5th Maine and his brother George of the 5th New York were copied into a ledger by their father John Leavitt in October 1865 "because they are of value to me and I was fearful that they might get mislaid." Both boys were mortally wounded in the war, George at Second Bull Run, August 30, 1862, and Joseph at Spotsylvania, May 18, 1864.

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