George Duncan Wells letterbook

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Creator:Wells, George Duncan, d. 1864
Title:George Duncan Wells letterbook

George Duncan Wells of Massachusetts enlisted in the Union army and was ordered to Boston Harbor on April 29, 1861. Wells was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel Commander of the First Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment on May 25, 1861. He became Colonel Commander of the Thirty-Fourth Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment on July 31, 1862. Wells was wounded and captured at Cedar Creek on October 12, 1864, and he died the following day. In his final promotion he was made Brevet Brigadier General on October 12, 1864.

The letterbook consists of selections of letters written to family and friends from the various camps where he was stationed, including Fort Warren, Mass.; Camp Union; Camp Bank; Fort Segan; and Harpers Ferry, W. Va. Topics discussed include camp life, troop morale; 1st Battle of Bull Run; an expedition through Maryland to suppress secessionist tendencies; General Joseph Hooker; General George McClellan; Union blockade; Peninsular campaign in Virginia; General John Pope; recruitment of African American troops; the Bristoe Campaign; capture of Charleston, W. Va.; Wells's command of the 1st Massachusetts Brigade; General David Hunter's raid on Lynchburg; General Jubel Early's Washington raid; and General Philip Sheridan's Shenandoah Valley Campaign.

Subjects:Wells, George Duncan, d. 1864 | Hooker, Joseph, 1814-1879 | Pope, John, 1822-1892 | McClellan, George Brinton, 1826-1885 | United States. Army--Military life | Soldiers--United States--Correspondence | Bull Run, 1st Battle of, Va., 1861 | Peninsular Campaign, 1862 | Shenandoah Valley Campaign, 1864 (August-November) | Bristoe Station, Battle of, Va., 1863 | United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives | United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns | United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Blockades | Maryland--History--Civil War, 1861-1865 | Virginia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865 | Washington (D.C.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865 | United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Participation, African American | Charleston (W. Va.)--History, Military--19th century | United States, West Virginia, Kanawha County, Charleston, 38.3498195, -81.6326235 | United States, Maryland, 39.045755, -76.641271 | United States, Virginia, Manassas, 38.7509488, -77.4752667 | Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.)
Institution:J.Y. Joyner Library (East Carolina University)
Contributors:J.Y. Joyner Library
Original Material:

George Duncan Wells Letterbook (#241), Special Collections Department, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

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