One Soldier, One Family, One War

One Soldier, One Family, One War (HMCWG)

Location: Hopewell, VA 23860
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N 37° 18.928', W 77° 16.505'

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The Homespun Letters of James Nugent

"Oh! father, it would make your blood run cold to see the fights...War is awful." - James Nugent, City Point, April 27, 1865

In the closing months of the Civil War, a young Wisconsin college student was drafted and soon saw combat in the hellish siege of Petersburg. Letters to his family were found in a Michigan bank vault. The City Point excerpts used here were published in The Washington Post May 30, 1989. They tell a timeless story... of soldiers and their families.

April 3, 1865
Between Petersburg and Richmond Somewhere

Dear Father,
I am not hit yet although we have been through one of the hardest fights of this war. Petersburg is ours. I heard that Richmond is also. Oh, father, it would make blood run cold to see the fights I have seen within the last week. War is awful.... The Rebellion is about played out, I think. We have taken ten thousand Prisoners within the last two days.

City Point, April 27
Dear Mother,
?My wound is healing nicely. I can walk around with a cane first rate, but the Doctor orders me to keep to bed as much as possible. I borrowed a fiddle the other day and with that, reading, writing, and thinking of home, I manage to kill time quite comfortably.

City Point, May 3
?"I am about as sound as ever. My wound is healed, almost. One thing, Mother, you need not worry any more about fighting, for it is all done, that will be done in this war. I make my calculations to be home by the 4th of July. Write soon, dear Mother. Love to all.

More than 600,000 men died in the Civil War. James Nugent survived, was mustered out of the army on June 20, 1865 and went on to a business career in the Midwest. His letters were provided to The Washington Post by descendants living in Reston, Virginia.

The Post Hospital
The Post Hospital was situated on the grounds of the Methodist Church located just beyond the ravine at the head of Prince Henry Avenue. This hospital was used by the garrison of City Point which numbered between 1,000-1,500 troops under the command of Brigadier General Marsena R. Patrick. Other patients included conscripts and convalescent soldiers returning from furlough who were not able to immediately march to their regiments. Nonmilitary patients such as civilian workers and newly freed slaves were allowed to use this hospital. As of July 1, 1864 seventy-nine soldiers were patients here. Records show that the Post Hospital was established on June 10, 1864 and remained in operation until August 12, 1865 when it was transferred to the Post Hospital in Petersburg.
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
Placed ByVirginia Civil War Trails
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Date Added Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 8:28pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 298397 N 4132296
Decimal Degrees37.31546667, -77.27508333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 18.928', W 77° 16.505'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 18' 55.68" N, 77° 16' 30.30" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 600-698 Prince Henry Ave, Hopewell VA 23860, US
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