Valley of the Shadow
The War Years
Spring 1861–Spring 1865

Letters & Diaries


Samuel W. North (1862-1864)

Before the war, Samuel North lived with his family in Peters Township in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Like other men in his family, Samuel worked as a tanner. In August 1862, when he was nineteen years old, Samuel enlisted as a private in Company C of the 126th Pennsylvania. He served until May 1863. After the war, Samuel resumed the tanning trade in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania.

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Samuel North

In this collection of eleven letters (1862-1864), written during his service in the Union army to his father and brother, Samuel North provides detailed descriptions of many aspects of his military service, from marching to building bridges. He also describes a number of encounters with Confederate troops in Virginia, including the battle of Chancellorsville.