Letters of Private Hiram Gilbert

Hiram Gilbert, private Co. G, Twenty-fourth Infantry, September 26, 1861 at Sandy Creek, NY; transferred to Co. F, 76th New York Volunteer Infantry, May 13, 1863; killed in action, July 1, 1863, at Gettysburg, Pa.

Polly Salisbury and Jabez Gilbert married September 7, 1826 were the parents of Hiram and his brothers Allen, and William.


Upton hill
Oct 14 th (1862)

Dear Sister

I take the time to Write a few lines to let you know that my things Will Start for home to day in a box With the rest of the boys. it Will be Sent to Mr. Lewis to Orwell. I Sent back that bible that you let me have. Aunt mary Sent me a Small one that I received after I got into Camp. you Spoke about my blankets. I have one good heavy blanket a good one but if I have an Oile Clothe blanket I would be all right.

about my enlisting for three years the Officers of the Regt Says that We Will be Discharged when the Regt is. We had to Swear in to Service for three years Witch took Capt barney more by surprise than it did any of the men. he said it Shoud be higher when we arrived and I think you need not trouble yourself about that. I Shall come When the rest of the boys do.

I would like have you Write often. do not lose any time in Writing. I have recd One letter Since I have been here and I have Writen 3 or 4. if you been not Write let the rest do it for you. I have to Write When I can. I Shall have to Stop for it is dinner time. I Shall be Our on duty this afternoon So I Will bid you good bye at present. love to all

Yours truly Hiram Gilbert


Uppton Hill
Nov 11th (1862)

Dear brother

I take the time to Write a few lines. We received Our pay to day. I got 16 dolls and Will Send home 10 dolls of it. it Will go in Care of Uncle Mason Salisbury.

if you have not bought an Oil Cloth blanket for me you need not for I got a good one to day for 1.50. So you need not trouble yourself for I am as Comfortable at this Season of the year. the boys are all Well as usual and full of the devil at best. you Would think So if you Should See them.

I think that I Shall get a pass in few days to go to the City of Washington one. of the officers Said that he would try and get one for me. So you See that I am all right. our Captain is home on a ferlough of 30 days. I would like to have you See him. he Said he Would Call and See you.

I Will have to Stop for the present So good bye for this time love to all the friends

Yours truly Hiram Gilbert


Letterhead has a picture of Major General G.B. McClellan in the left hand side of the front page.

Uptons hill
Jan 4th (1862)

Dear father

being off duty I thought I Would Write a few lines to let you know that I am Well. i have not any news to Write. I suppose you have Snow befor this. it is Snowing here today.

We have all kinds of rumers in Camp. they Say now that they are going to Send the divison that this regt is attached to South Carlina but I think that We Will Stay here until Spring for We have fixed our tents So that we can live in them. we have not had any Snow here until now and the ground is only White. We Will get our pay in a week or in days. I will Send all of my wages except enough for a little pocket money. We get our pay once in two months.

I think I will Stop for the present for want of anything to Write love to all

Yours truly Hiram Gilbert


These letters were transcribed by B. Conrad Bush, 1940 Reading Road, West Falls, NY, 14170; e-mail Bushresear@aol.com; from original letters found at the National Archive, Washington, DC.


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