Thursday, July 16, 2009

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Guestbook for the 185th

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During the 1930s and 1940s, the nephew of Charles A. Bunnell, Herman E. Bunnell, wrote several items for a newspaper in the near vicinity of Marathon, New York. Unfortunately, when the pieces were clipped neither the banner nor date was recorded. Charles E. Bunnell has been kind enough to transcribe two of these articles which make mention of the 185th and to send them to me.

An article from the Marathon [NY] Mirror, May 13, 1865 contributed by Charles E. Bunnell of La Plata, Maryland, whose great-grandfather, Charles Arnold Bunnell, was in the 185th and was killed March 29, 1865.

A Letter from Charles A. Bunnell to his brother, William H. Bunnell, November 30, 1864

Farmville, Va
Camp 185th NYV
Apr 16th 1865
Mr Bunnell
Dear Sir
Yours of the 7th at hand. You are right in supposing W.A. Bunnell should read C. A. Bunnell.

The shock of battle on 29th came late in P.M. and darkness came on long before our wounded & dead were brought. I was engaged until near midnight in burying the dead. Your Bro. fell so far from the position held during the night that his body was not found until morning. He was then found dead & buried by some of his comrades in the woods near where he fell.

The spot is on the "Lewis Farm" near the left of our line of battle & was marked. I had not become so intimately acquainted with him as to know his spiritual condition. This I regret much,
He was shot through the heart & must have died instantly. Seargt. Holmes saw him fall

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