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A Guide to the collection at the Connecticut Historical Society
Albert F. Sharp was born in Rhode Island about 1831, the son of Charles and Prudence Sharp. He enlisted for very short terms in Company G, 10th Regiment, Connecticut Volunteers in 1861, and then reenlisted as a Sergeant on 23 September 1861. In June 1864, he transferred to Company A of the 10th Regiment. It was while fighting with this company at Deep Bottom Run, Virginia on 14 August 1864 that he was wounded; four days later he died.
Albert Sharp wrote detailed descriptions of his whereabouts and his battlefield experiences in 28 letters written home to family and friends from 1863-1864. With the 10th Regiment, he was present at the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Richmond, and Deep Bottom, Virginia where he died of his wounds. A letter dated 13 January 1863 from New Bern, NC, includes a square of velvet he took from the Gunboat Fannie. His letter dated 8 May 1864 describes the Battle of the Wilderness.
Transcriptions of these letters follow the originals. Copies of the letters and a finding aid for the collection of Albert F. Sharp letters at Auburn University are also included. These letters may be quoted from but credit must be given to Auburn University.
Two poems evidently penned by Sharp give testimony to his colorful descriptions and poetic nature. They are undated. The titles are “The sword of Bunker Hill” and “The Ocean Burial”.
The next to last folder in this collection contains Sharp’s death certificate, a letter from his commanding officer, Major E.S. Greeley informing Sharp’s mother of the soldier’s death, and a discharge paper documenting his promotion from Sergeant in Company A to Lieutenant in Company G. It also contains a list of veterans of Company A, 10th Regiment, and copies of Sharp’s enlistment papers.
The final folder contains a newspaper article describing the actions of the 10th Regiment and the subsequent death of Sharp, written by H.C. Trumbull, Chaplain. A letter to Sharp, dated 2 August 1864 from a minister in New Haven requesting money for a relatively new church, is the only piece of incoming correspondence.
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Sharp, Albert F., 1833-1864.
United States --History --Civil War, 1861-1865.
Item, Collection Title, Collection number (Box #, Folder #). Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, Connecticut.
Collection was processed by Jill Adams in 2006.
EAD Finding Aid created June 2011.