Letter from George W. Chase to Hamlin’s Mother, July 4, 1864 near Petersburg, Virginia

John Fletcher Hamlin’s Mother received two letters from George W. Chase that informed her about her son”s death:

Camp 1st Rifles P. R. V. C.
Near Petersburg Va.
Monday July 4th, (1864)

Mrs. C. Hamlin,

It is with feelings of great pain that I write to inform you that your son John Fletcher Hamlin is no more, he was wounded on the 17th ult. and last night we recived news of his death he died a firm believer in the blood of Christ which cleanseth from all sin and I am assured he in a better world than this. I will send some of his papers in this.The rest of his things I will send the first opportunity. He was one of my best firends and I hope one day to meet him in haeven.

Truly yours,
Geo. W. Chase
Co D, 1st Rifles P. R. V. C.