Annapolis: 1865. Folded sheets, with original envelope. Near fine, with original envelope.
Incredible 6 page manuscript letter from a Civil War Chaplain posted at Annapolis, discussing St. John's College Hospital Chapel, visiting hospitals, and the work of the U.S. Christian Commission in Annapolis during the war.
"At 2 P.M. I preached in St. Johns College Hospital Chapel & there visited some of the wards. In the evening we had preaching in the U.S.C.C. Chapel Tent [which is my headquarters] at College Green Barracks...Annapolis is, or course, a secesh town. The churches were nearly broken up by the war but now begin to look more flourishing. There is a large Episcopal Ch. here pastor of wh. is a Chaplain in hospital & a very nice sort of fellow."
An unusually descriptive letter from a young man stationed at Annapolis and serving as a chaplain at the College Green Hospital Chapel. Van Wagenen survived the war but died in New York in 1866.