Letter from Sergeant Albert Jarvis

AUGUST 14, 1862
VOL 1, NO. 45 Pg 2, COL 6


We are permitted to make the following interesting extracts from a letter from Albert Jarvis, Quartermaster's Sergeant, 76th Regiment, written to his father, Post Master in this village.

Q.M.'s OFFICE, 76th REG. N.Y.V., AUG 7, 1862


I have just received your letter with the stamps enclosed, and now I will write and use one of them.

There has been a good deal of excitement here for three or four days on account of the arrival of General Burnside with his command which amounts to nearly 20,000 men. We did not know that he was coming until about two hours before the first regiment arrived. He has with him all of the troops that were at the fight on James Island, near Charleston. Among them are the famous 79th Highlanders and Hawkins Zouaves. We have a force of nearly 40,000 men here now. Our brigade will probably cross the Rappahannock Saturday; it is now the second brigade in King's Division and Patrick's the first; the 23d is in Patrick's.

General Gibbons' Brigade had a sharp fight yesterday with part of Jackson's forces, about ten miles from here. The 2d Wisconsin lost about 300 men taken prisoners.

We are all under Gen. Pope and think he is as good as McClellen. Sigel commands a division under him. We are having the very hottest of weather and the most sickly month in the season, but as a general thing, our troops stand it well.

I am glad that there is to be a draft all over the States. It will call out a good many who have cried, "Enlist, enlist," and stood back themselves. Our regiments need recruiting up very badly. You can hardly find one that can muster over four or five hundred effective men. I don't think ours is over four hundred strong to-day.

John Tabor, our old stage-driver, made his appearance to me the other day. He is driving a mule team for the Government.

Albert (Jarvis)

Transcribed by B. Conrad Bush from the Gazette & Banner from microfilm files of the Cortland Public Library, Cortland, NY.

Jarvis died January 9, 1878, and is buried in Cortland Rural Cemetery

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