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A letter home during the Civil War from John V. Harrington of the 3rd Delaware Infantry to his brother-in-law James Vickers. The letter describes the harsh camp life of the soldiers and Harrington’s condemnation of deserters.

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John V. Harrington joined the service on March 7, 1862 in Harrington and mustered in at Camden on the same day. At the end of his term, he reenlisted on March 8, 1864 for a three year tour of duty. He mustered out the next day. John was a sergeant in company “H”, 3rd Regiment of the Delaware Infantry Volunteers. Three months later, John was captured and not heard from and supposed dead. It was discovered that he had died in Andersonville, Georgia on January 15 of 1865 in a prisoner of war camp.

The Small Manuscript collections are private collections from a variety of individuals from Delaware. Many include correspondence both private and business related, accounts, land papers, diaries, journals and other documents a private individual or company might generate.