Thinking back to some of the reasons why Richard Clow may have enlisted in the 56th Mass. Infantry in 1865, one of the items he notes in his February letter to his sister is that the 56th was “cut up badly” and needed replacements….
Here are pictures I took of displays at City Point while researching the Civil War experiences of Richard Clow at Petersburg in 1865. Note the variety and sizes of ships in the harbor. Sailing vessels and steamboats, large and small plied the harbor delivering the…
Two pictures of the fortifications at Petersburg from each side’s perspective helps us understand some of Richard Clow’s written coments in the section of the letter written on 23 Feb, 1865.
This is an enlisted man’s hut (4 soldiers to a hut) regarded as very accommodating and cozy for the men to overwinter at Petersburg in the winter of 1864-65.
I shot these pictures while doing my research for the book: “Rough Enough” describing Richard Clow’s time in Civil War along with his letters and diary from this period and the frontier. : These are about the best shots I could get of the site…
Reading the first line of Richard Clow’s letters to his sisters in Feb. 1865 will pique your interest in this young man’s life!
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