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LT: Prior to September 11, 1864 Daniel Personius

Editor’s Note: This item is part of a collection of letters from New York engineers written while their units were at the Siege of Petersburg.  Researcher and Engineer enthusiast Dan O’Connell generously donated all of the items in this collection for use at The Siege of Petersburg Online.  These transcriptions are copyrighted by Brett Schulte and may not be used without my express written consent.  I do not have images of these letters so some errors could be from transcription or in the original.

Camp near City Point
September ___, 1864

Dear Parents,

Once more I take my pen in hand to write a few lines to let you know how I get along. I am as well as usual and hope these few lines will find you the same. I did receive a letter from you stating that you was well that is the best of news that I can hear from home. Eli Personious has got back from the hospital. He has had a sick time of it. The Capt is to leave here the 11th of this month but he won’t get home before the 15th I think but he may get home before this letter reaches you.

I am glad to hear that Volunteering is going on so well. They push the new recruits right through. There is 5 in our company now. I expect that the company will be filled up as soon as the old boys go out. This is all the news that I can think of. This is from your son in the army to his parents.

D.V. Personious1


Other Letters Written  By Daniel Personius at the Siege of Petersburg:


  1. Personius, Daniel. (1864, Prior to September 11). (Letter to his parents). Personius Brothers Letters (CL 105, Box B, Folder 38). Booth Library, Chemung Valley (NY) Historical Society, Elmira, NY.
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