Unpacking History One Discovery at a Time
So interesting. I really enjoy reading about Jesse’s effects. I have a couple of wills that detail out very specific instructions. So fun.
Jesse Mattson’s Effects: One great coat, one canteen, one rubber blanket, one pencil, one blouse, one pair of boots, one pair of stockings, one pair of trousers, one shirt, one haversack, one pocket book, $3.40 and one gold ring. This is all that Jesse Mattson had on the day of his death on July, 1st 1864, according to the records from De Camp General Hospital on Davids’ Island, New York.
He had joined the 13th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Calvary for a 2nd stint in the Union Army just a few months before on March 14th. He must have known what he was getting himself into when he joined. He had been in the 130th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers Company H for 9 months and was discharged May 21, 1863. The newspapers were full of both Federal and Confederate losses almost daily. Gettysburg had occurred just 9…
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