Wartime Correspondence

The Abraham Penman Collection

Abraham Penman was a Private in Company F, 12th Regiment, Pennsylvania Reserves who hailed from Westmoreland County. Penman was a father of four children when he enlisted, and had a brief stint as a volunteer soldier before tragically ending his own life. You can read more about Penman’s case in: Psychosis of a Soldier:  The Troubled Story of Private Abraham B. Penman

Individual Wartime Correspondence

Letter from Nelson Miles, to his Parents, August 1, 1861, from Camp Curtin

Harrisburg August 1st Dear Parents I take pen in hand to inform you that I am in good health and hope that these few lines may find you the same we are still in Camp Curtin and likely to stay...