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  1. Richardson, Joseph D.
    [Envelopes] [1861-1864] from the letters of Joseph D. Richardson to his family.
    These envelopes enclosed the letters of first sergeant Joseph D. Richardson to his family in Beverly, NJ during the Civil War. Richardson enlisted in 1861, was promoted to first sergeant on May 4, 1864, and died at Cedar Creek, Virginia on November 7, 1864 of wounds received while foraging. Some of his letters are written on matching letterheads with patriotic iconography.
  2. Richardson, Joseph D.
    [Letter] [18]62 January 12, Camp Clay [to] Mother / Jos. D. Richardson.
    Richardson tells his mother about camp life, rations, and pay roll. He had a cold like many others because there had been nothing to sleep upon, but now they've got two blankets each and straw and woolen mittens. He sends hellos and love to everyone in Beverly "especily the girls and tell them that we think about them for we never see any down here." He wishes for apple pie and watermelon, but reassures her that they have bread and rations. He tells her that Edward Genable[?]'s wife died and he's having trouble getting a pass for the funeral. He tells her there will be another big battle in Virginia in 2-3 days. Richardson served with the Beverly, NJ 10th Regiment of Infantry Volunteers during the Civil War; he enlisted in 1861, was promoted to first sergeant on May 4, 1864, and died at Cedar Creek, Virginia on November 7, 1864 of wounds received while foraging.
  3. Richardson, Joseph D.
    [Letter] 1862 February 5-11, Camp Clay [to] Mother / Joseph D. Richardson.
    Richardson describes his health and requests sugar, candy, and ginger nuts. He explains that the boys in his company have made a pact to pool their funds and send home whoever dies-- this promise has been called upon recently. He also asks if his family received the money he sent. Richardson served with the Beverly, NJ 10th Regiment of Infantry Volunteers during the Civil War; he enlisted in 1861, was promoted to first sergeant on May 4, 1864, and died at Cedar Creek, Virginia on November 7, 1864 of wounds received while foraging.
  4. Richardson, Joseph D.
    [Letter] [18]62 February 27, Camp Clay [to] Mother / Jos. D. Richardson.
    Richardson regrets to hear that Aunty is so unwell; he reports that he is also ill with loose bowels and a poor appetite. Richardson explains that he sent $20 to his mother in the last letter and will send more if that's not satisfactory; he encloses a breast pin. Contradicting the rumor that there's a death in the regiment every six days, Richardson calls these statistics a "lye." Richardson served with the Beverly, NJ 10th Regiment of Infantry Volunteers during the Civil War; he enlisted in 1861, was promoted to first sergeant on May 4, 1864, and died at Cedar Creek, Virginia on November 7, 1864 of wounds received while foraging.
  5. Richardson, Joseph D.
    [Letter] [18]62 March 28, Camp Clay, Washington [to] Mother / Joseph D. Richardson.
    Richardson thanks his mother for the letter and horseradish. He's not sorry to hear that John Bryan is killed "For he said that he would fight for the South untill he got killed; and he would kill all of us that he got a chance to." Richardson explains that the Regiment is very different with the new Colonel, and he tells her that if she were there she would "kill yourself looking" at all the tents on the hills, cannon sounds, bugles, drum, fife, horses, and men moving around. Richardson served with the Beverly, NJ 10th Regiment of Infantry Volunteers during the Civil War; he enlisted in 1861, was promoted to first sergeant on May 4, 1864, and died at Cedar Creek, Virginia on November 7, 1864 of wounds received while foraging.
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