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Stephen Minot Weld, Jr. to Stephen Minot Weld, Sr, Annapolis, Maryland, March 25, 1864

Stephen Minot Weld, Jr., 1862, detail
Stephen M. Weld was from a distinguished Massachusetts family. He left Harvard Law School in late 1861 to enlist and was commissioned a second lieutenant. He was given command of the 56th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry just after his twenty-second birthday in January 1864. He carried on a war-long correspondence, mostly with his father. This letter relates the journey of his newly enlisted regiment through Newark, Philadelphia, and Baltimore to join the Army of the Potomac in Virginia. Particularly notable is the zeal with which the young Colonel Weld and other Union officers protected their soldiers from the "demon drink" and generally enforced discipline, using what would be considered today rather harsh and even criminal methods. (By John Osborne)

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