Stickney S. Gale letter
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Stickney S. Gale letter

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Gale, Stickney S., approximately 1825-1897.
Title: Stickney S. Gale letter
Dates: 1865
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 1780

Biographical/Historical Note

Stickney S. Gale was born in Maine around 1825 and died in 1897 in Massachusetts. He enlisted with the Union Army at the age of 37 in September of 1861 at the rank of Corporal and he was discharged in September of 1865 at the rank of Sergeant. He served with Company K of the 4th Infantry Regiment in New Hampshire.

Gale was caught by Confederate forces at the battle of Drewry's Bluff, Virginia and held at Andersonville Prison in Georgia. While at Andersonville, Gale signed a petition along with other Union prisoners protesting the inhumane conditions of the prison camp. The petition was sent to the seat of Confederate government in Richmond, Virginia.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains one letter written by Corporal Stickney S. Gale on February 15, 1864 in Chester, New Hampshire to his sister. The letter was written after Gale returned home from being held as a military prisoner at Andersonville Prison in Georgia. Gale writes about a recent doctor's visit; he is taking medicine to relieve some swelling. He tells about the poor health of a friend who has recently been released from Salisbury Prison in North Carolina. In response to his sister's last letter, he tells her which cloth sample he prefers her to use when making shirts for him. He complains of the short length of the government-issued shirts.

Index Terms

Gale, Stickney S., approximately 1825-1897.
Letters (correspondence)
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
United States. Army. New Hampshire Infantry Regiment, 4th (1861-1865). Company K.

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