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MS-020: The Papers of John H. Warner

Processed by: Melodie Foster
May 2000

Biography:
John H. Warner of Lansing, New York enlisted in Company G of the 109th New York State Volunteers in August 1862 for a term of three years. His regiment was assigned guard duty along the railroad in Maryland from 1862-1864. In March 1864 the 109th was transferred to the 9th Corps of the Army of the Potomac and in late April/early May was sent to Virginia to participate in the Wilderness Campaign.

Warner was wounded in late spring 1864 and spent the remainder of the war in Satterlee U.S.A. General Hospital in West Philadelphia. He was discharged in May 1865 by Section 6 of General Order 77 (issued April 28): "that all soldiers in hospitals who require no further medical treatment be honorably discharged from service with immediate payment."

During the war, Warner wrote home to his sisters Mary and Abby and his brothers Hiram and Genoa.

Scope and Content Notes:
The John H. Warner collection consists of thirty-eight letters written by Warner to family members and friends during the period October 1, 1862 - May 5, 1865. The affectionate, optimistic letters provide a picture of camp, and later hospital life during the Civil War through the eyes of a young soldier from New York. Includes transcriptions.

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