Letters by General William F. Draper

                                           Written During the Civil War

      The letters listed below are taken from copies at the Library of Congress. They were
    obtained by John Robertson, Jr., of Upton, while doing research for his book, On Old
    Marlborough Road. John made copies of the fifty pages he had, and gave them to me.
    I'll try to get them all online eventually. The first of them was written at Camp Lincoln,
    Worcester, on October 5, 1861, and the last from Camp Oliver, New Bern, North
    Carolina, on July 6, 1862. There are others at the Smithsonian, but the ones on this site
    are just those that were written during the period John was studying. His book is about
    two men from Upton who were killed at the Battle of Newbern. Draper was in that battle,
    and mentioned them in his letters and his autobiography. You can also read, from
    Draper's autobiography, Recollections of a Varied Career, the story of his marriage
    during a furlough in 1862, and his account of being severely wounded during the Battle
    of the Wildernesss. Most of the letters here are about life in camp and on ships. Draper
    saw a great deal of action during the war, but most of it occurred after the period
    covered in these letters.

      Five of Draper's letters were written from Newbern. If you'd like to read more about the
    battle, you can find it in Robertson's book. It's a wonderful account of the years leading
    up to the war, the Fiske and Rogers families in Upton, and the battle. It's for sale at the
    Upton Historical Society Museum, on the second floor over the Upton Library in the
    center of Upton. They're open Tuesday through Thursday, and Saturday from nine until
    eleven-thirty, and on Thursday evenings from six-thirty until eight. (Even if you're not
    buying the book, the museum is well worth a visit.) The price of the book is $26.25. (All
    proceeds go to the Upton Historical Society and the Upton Historical Commission.) To
    order by mail, send $29.25 to the Upton Historical Society, Box 171, Upton, MA 01568-

    October 5, 1861 - Camp Lincoln, Worcester, Massachusetts

    November 2, 1861 - On board steamer Louisiana, Baltimore, Maryland

    November 13, 1861 - Camp Hicks, Annapolis, Maryland

    November 29, 1861 - Camp Hicks

    December 5, 1861 - Camp Hicks

    December 7, 1861 - Camp Hicks

    December 13, 1861 - Camp Hicks

    Undated - Camp Hicks

    December 25, 1861 - Camp Hicks

    December 30, 1861 - Camp Hicks

    January 12, 1862 - On board Schooner, Colonel Satterly, Chesapeake Bay

    January 28, 1862 - On board Schooner, Colonel Satterly, Hatteras Inlet

    February 9, 1862 - On board Steamer S.R. Spaulding off Roanoke Island (Dear Lilla)

    February 9, 1862 - On board Steamer S.R. Spaulding off Roanoke Island (Dear Father)

    March 15, 1862 - Newbern, N.C.

    April 5, 1862 - Newbern, N.C.

    May 2, 1862 - Newbern, N.C.

    June 2, 1862 - Camp Oliver, Newbern

    July 6, 1862 - Camp Oliver, Newbern

                                               Draper Menu                            HOME