Envelope from Lieutenant Hodgson

Hodgson joined the Union forces in Brooklyn, New York, and on June 24, 1861, he was mustered in for three years as First Lieutenant, Company K, 67th NY Infantry. The regiment left New York on August 21, 1861, and became part of the Army of the Potomac for the duration of the war. As part of the 1st Division, 4th Corps, the 67th participated in the siege of Yorktown, VA, and the subsequent Battle of Williamsburg, but suffered no losses until the Battle of Fair Oaks, VA (May 31 - June 1, 1862).

One month after leaving New York with the regiment, Hodgson reported the following incident in a letter to his wife dated September 30, 1861: a soldier who had been relaxing in the woods heard a comrade call to him. "On coming out of the little bower…he caught his musket in a stick and it went off…shooting his comrade who was walking sentry, in the right arm passing through the shoulder in the chest and lodging between the clavicle & first rib, killing him instantly." This was perhaps the first death Hodgson witnessed during the war.

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