Mervine, Henry G., Letters

Henry G. Mervine Letters, 1864-1865 Ms.1989.046


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Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.1989.046
Title
Henry G. Mervine Letters1864-1865
Quantity
0.1 Cubic Feet, 1 folder
Creator
Mervine, Henry G.
Language
The material in the collection are in English.
Abstract
The Henry G. Mervine Letters includes two letters to his wife, while serving in the 17th Battery of the New York Light Artillery of the Union Army during the American Civil War.

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Source of Acquisition

The collection was acquired by Special Collections and University Archives prior to 2000.

Processing Information

The collection is unprocessed. Minimal description was completed prior to 2000.


Biographical Note

Henry G. Mervine (1822-1895) was a Union soldier in the 17th Independent Battery, New York Light Artillery during the American Civil War. He enlisted on Aug. 18, 1862, in Medina, New York, and mustered out June 12, 1865, in Richmond, Virginia. Mervine is buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Syracuse, New York.

Sources:

"Mervine, H. G." entry, National Park Service's Civil War Soldier database, https://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-soldiers-detail.htm?soldierId=BE6A69BA-DC7A-DF11-BF36-B8AC6F5D926A "Henry G Mervine" entry, U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865 database, https://search-ancestrylibrary-com.ezproxy.lib.vt.edu/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=1555&h=3279784&tid=&pid=&queryId=0730710ebc6639938ff5b0596211a20b&usePUB=true "Henry Gird Mervine" entry, Findagrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/54311581/henry-gird-mervine

Scope and Content

The Henry G. Mervine Letters includes two letters to his wife, while serving in the 17th Battery of the New York Light Artillery of the Union Army during the American Civil War. One letter is written July 24, 1864, in the trenches before Petersburg, Virginia, where he took furniture from a nearby house to protect himself in the earthworks. He notes that all the trees in the vicinity were filled with lead from picket firing. In a letter dated April 8, 1865, from Richmond, Virginia, Mervine writes about the suffering of the citizens for lack of luxuries and necessities and that a committee was sent to General R. E. Lee asking him to surrender.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Civil War
  • Petersburg (Va.) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Henry G. Mervine Letters by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).

Container List

folder 1
Letters
1864-1865