Henry D. Wharton’s Civil War Letters, 1863 (Pennsylvania Volunteers, 47th Regiment)

Editor’s Note: Additional letters penned by Henry D. Wharton during his time with Company C and the central command staff of the 47th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry are available, and will be added to this section as time permits. Selected letters which Henry wrote while serving with the 11th Pennsylvania Volunteers are also available on this site.

Please enjoy these samples of his letters, and check back frequently for updates.

Note: The letters shown below were written by Henry Wharton during 1863, the third year of America’s Civil War. For letters penned by Henry during prior or subsequent years, click on the year you are researching (correspondence not yet posted for years not shown in bold font):

1861       1862       1864       1865

 

11 February 1863

Henry D. Wharton's Letter Home, 11 February 1863, part 1 (Sunbury American, 7 March 1863)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published in the Sunbury American, 7 March 1863. (Click on image for enlarged view of letter excerpt. Click HERE for full transcript.)

 

2 March 1863

Henry D. Wharton's Letter Home, 2 March 1863, part 1 (Sunbury American, 21 March 1863)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published in the Sunbury American, 21 March 1863. (Click on image for enlarged view of letter excerpt. Click HERE for full transcript.)

 

3 May 1863

Henry D. Wharton's Letter Home, 3 May 1863, part 1 (Sunbuy American, 30 May 1863) Henry D. Wharton's Letter Home, 3 May 1863, part 2 (Sunbury American, 30 May 1863) Henry D. Wharton's Letter Home, 3 May 1863, part 3 (Sunbury American, 30 May1863)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Included in this letter home was the notice of the death and interment of 47th Pennsylvania Volunteer George Watson. Published in the Sunbury American, 30 May 1863. (Click on images for enlarged view. Click HERE for full transcript.)

 

Thanksgiving, 23 August 1863

Henry D. Wharton's Letter Home, 23 August 1863, part 1, Thanksgiving (Sunbury American, 5 September 1863)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published in the Sunbury American, 5 September 1863. (Click on image for enlarged view. Click HERE for full transcript.)