William H. Walton:

A Union Letter


William H. Walton was a 20 year old resident of Kensington, New Hampshire when he enlisted in Company B of the 3rd New Hampshire Infantry on August 22, 1861. He re-enlisted on January 1, 1864 and was wounded in the right leg on June 16, 1864 at Ware Bottom Church, Virginia. His leg was later amputated and he died of his wounds on July 21, 1864.


Camp Grant Arlington Heights, Va

April 20, 1864

Dear Sister,

I will try and improve a few leisure moments in writing to you to let you know that I am well and hope that these few lines will find you and all the rest enjoying the same grate blessing. We are very well situated but do not like here as well as I do down south we are about five miles from the city and sixty from the main army I should rather be in front than to remain here although we get better water and better rations than we should if we wher in front we arrived in Washington last Friday and stayed until Monday we came out here we are in sight of Alixandray General Grant left the city Saturday for the front the rebel tried to capture him on his way but they wher failed in the attempt thare not anything new here except they keep troops going to the front all the time and I think they in tend to do some thing this time does Father know that I did not go up to see Sophia Sunday night if he does what does he say a bout it I suppose that he will think that I am rational but wait and see I gess it will all turn out for the best if it does not I cannot help it I do not think of any more to write so I will close give my love to all inquiring friends except a good share to your self write soon

From Your Affectionate Brother

Wm H Walton

Co B Veteran Detachment

3rd Regiment N H Vols

Washington DC

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