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11th Vermont Infantry (aka First Heavy Artillery, Vermont Volunteers)
Edwin Alonzo Stebbins
Edwin A. Stebbins, 11th Reg., Co. G, wrote this letter to his family in 1892. His family consisted of his wife, Anna Adella; his son, George, age 10; and his daughter, Lucy Annette, age 9. It appears to have been written on the occasion of the 26th National Encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic, which was held September 17-24, 1892 in Washington, D.C.
520 - 10 St NE
Washington D.C. Sept 19/92
My Precious Family,
Mama's letter of 16th just rec'd. Glad to hear such good news. - that you had so good [a] time at WCTU & at Cattleshow. Probably the children got on just as well as if we had been there.
I'll give an account of our Sunday service when I get home. It was delightful. This morning we went to the Capitol, Mr. P. and I ascending to the first landing on the dome & the others to the top. After leaving the Capitol the rest went to the Treas. Dept. and I to Vt. Head Quarters. I find that the 16th Vt. boys are to dedicate a monument at Gettysburg Friday, leaving here 6-30 A.M. Perhaps Mr. P. and I may go with them and from there to Baltimore instead of returning here. Have not decided when or by what way we shall return. If my letters come for me after our departure they will be forwarded home.
Our party met at the White House from which we went to the War, Navy & State Depts. and thence to the Navy Yard and saw them making guns 40 ft. long with 13 in. bore or calibre weight 65 tons. - throws a shell weighing over 1100 lbs 13 miles. Costs $550.00 to fire it once. I thought some of taking it home for a 4th of July toy. I shall sit in front of White House and see the procession to-morrow. Dr. Perry and the boys leave for home at 11 - P.M. to-morrow, after the "fireworks". Mr. P and [I] shall look up our return to-morrow, probably. I'll go to look up the boys in the morning.
Love to all
See also, Edwin Stebbins' biography.
Contributed by Bridget Bacon, great-granddaughter of Edwin A. Stebbins.