It is all beautiful and with the solemn tones of the church bell breaking on the ear reminds me of those Sabbath mornings years ago

Letter by Frederick J. Scott of the 47th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company E.

10 October 1862

Sunday morning. It is all beautiful and with the solemn tones of the church bell breaking on the ear reminds me of those Sabbath mornings years ago when, with a purer heart and happier, I went up to worship with the just. What change time has brought since then! When a land of peace and unity with no sectional strife to override the public trust – no bitter hating between the brothers of the north & south – now a land of civil war of blood shed. Of sectional strife & contention between brothers, which will fight to the death of desolated homes & bereaved parents, of orphans and widows! & Of sorrow and remorse which a generation will not wipe away. We have two months pay due as yet. Use this as you please. I can only regret I have not more. Write soon, yours as ever, Fredrk J. Scott.’

Source: eBay, June 2007

Note:

At the time of writing Scott was  with the U.S. Forces, Beaufort; 10th Corps, Dept of the South

Soldier’s identity:

Residence was not listed;
Enlisted on 9/16/1861 as a Corporal.

On 9/16/1861 he mustered into “E” Co. PA 47th Infantry
He died on 2/22/1865 at Danville, NC

He was listed as:
* POW 10/19/1864 Cedar Creek, VA

Promotions:
* 2nd Lieut 3/20/1865 (Not Mustered)

4th PA Infantry 

Under Gen Brannan the brigade embarked for Key West on Jan. 27, 1862, and remained there until June, when it moved to Hilton Head, S. C., where it performed picket duty until ordered to join Gen. Brannan’s  expedition to open up the St. John’s river.  When this was accomplished, it returned to Hilton Head and engaged the enemy at Pocotaligo, where the troops were highly praised for their efficient service.

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