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|Size||About 100 items (0.5 linear feet)|
|Abstract||C. Henry Pine (1845-1915) (Charles Henry Pine) of Litchfield County, Conn., served as a drummer boy Civil War in the 19th Connecticut Infantry Regiment (later designated the 2nd Connecticut Artillery Regiment), spending his military career in Virginia. The collection consists mainly of letters, 1862-1864, from Pine to his mother, father, and siblings. There are also several diary-style writings, which appear to have been mailed to his family. The earlier letters cover the routine nature of military life, drills, and inspections. In the summer of 1863, Pine fell gravely ill and was visited by his father, Samuel Winchester Pine, in the hospital at Fairfax Station, Va. A small number of letters from his father, the hospital chaplain, and nurses update the family on his condition. Upon recovery, Pine rejoined his regiment, which faced combat for the first time. Letters from this period discuss the possibility of death, as well as financial matters, the upcoming presidential election, and rumors about the future movements of his regiment.|
|Creator||Pine, C. Henry (Charles Henry), 1845-1915.|
|Curatorial Unit||Southern Historical Collection|
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C. Henry (Charles Henry) Pine (1845-1915) was raised in Winsted, a town in Litchfield County, Conn. His parents were Samuel Winchester Pine and Ada Elnora Case. From 1862 until approximately 1864, he served as a drummer boy with the 19th Connecticut Infantry, which became the 2nd Connecticut Volunteer Heavy Artillery Regiment in November 1863. It is unclear when Pine completed his service, though it is known that the final remaining members of the original 19th Connecticut were mustered out in July 1865. Pine returned to Connecticut, marrying Imogene Amanda Downes in 1870. In later life, he was recognized as a philanthropist who contributed greatly to the construction of a soldier monument and memorial chapel in Ansonia, Conn.Back to Top
The collection consists mainly of letters from C. Henry Pine (1845-1915) (Charles Henry Pine) to his mother, father, brother Edgar, and sister Jennie, discussing his Civil War service as a drummer boy with the 19th Connecticut Infantry Regiment (later the 2nd Connecticut Artillery Regiment) in northern Virginia. The earliest letters, written from late 1862 through the spring of 1863, mainly detail the routine nature of military life, drills, and inspections. In the summer of 1863, Pine fell gravely ill and was visited by his father, Samuel Winchester Pine, in a hospital at Fairfax Station, Va. A small number of letters from his father, the hospital chaplain, and nurses updated the family on his condition. As Pine later resumed his letter writing in the hospital, he described the ups and downs of his recovery, commenting also on the kindness of nurses and his longing for a furlough.
Once able, Pine rejoined the 19th, which became the 2nd Connecticut Artillery Regiment in November 1863. The 2nd Connecticut faced combat for the first time when it was called up by General Ulysses S. Grant to serve with the Army of the Potomac in May 1864. The next month at Cold Harbor, the regiment lost Colonel Elisha S. Kellogg, of whom Pine had spoken admiringly in previous letters. His letters from this period at times show the young man prepared for the possibility of death. They also include Pine's comments on financial matters, his hopes for Abraham Lincoln's re-election, and rumors about the future movements of his regiment. The collection also includes several diary-style writings, which appear to have been mailed to his family at some point.Back to Top