: Anthony W. Ross wrote this letter to his wife Sarah while he was serving in the Union Army during the Civil War. He was stationed near Fairfax, Virginia. In August 1862 Ross fought in the Battle of Second Bull Run. This letter was written three months after the battle. Ross describes continuing skirmishes around Bull Run and thanks his wife for a gift of scissors, a comb, a camp pencil, and tobacco. The four-page letter is written on patriotic stationary and measures 5" x 7.5" (12.7 x 19.05 cm). Anthony W. Ross of Good Hope, Ohio enlisted in Company G. of the 73rd OVI (Ohio Volunteer Infantry) on March 23, 1862. He was discharged when his term of service expired on March 24, 1865. His letters to his wife were written from Virginia, Georgia, and Tennessee. The 73rd OVI saw action at the second battle of Bull Run, where it lost 150 men, in August 1862. After a few months near Washington, D.C., the regiment fought in the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg, where another 143 men were killed. In the fall of 1863 they moved south to fight at Lookout Mountain and Mission Ridge before joining General William Tecumseh Sherman at the Battle of Atlanta and on the infamous March to the Sea. View on Ohio Memory.
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: Military Ohio; Civil War; Soldiers; Military life Places
: Good Hope (Ohio); Fayette County (Ohio); Fairfax (Virginia); Manassas (Virginia)