Henry D. Wharton’s Civil War Letters, 1864 (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 1864, the fourth 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       1863       1865

 

5 and 12 April 1864

Above: Sunbury American Editor's Intro to Two Letters from Henry D. Wharton re: 47th Pennsylvanians Wounded or KIA. Below: Opening paragraphs of Henry Wharton's letters about the early days of the Red River Campaign (Sunbury American, 7 May 1864, public domain).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Henry D. Wharton's Letter from Natchitoches, LA 5 April 1864 (Sunbury American, 7 May 1864) Henry D. Wharton's Letter from Grand Ecore, LA pt. 1 (Sunbury American, 7 May 1864)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Henry D. Wharton provided key details about the 47th Pennsylvania’s Red River Campaign experience in Louisiana in two letters penned in April 1864 (penned on 5 and 12 April, respectively), including a touching tribute to Jeremiah Haas a member of the regiment who had been killed in battle, as well as details about other men who had been wounded. Published in the Sunbury American, 7 May 1864. (Click on images for enlarged views of letter excerpts. Click HERE for full transcripts of the editor’s note and of Henry’s two letters.)

 

9 May 1864

Henry D. Wharton Letter, 29 May 1864, Red River, part 1 (Sunbury Amrican, 18 June 1864)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Henry D. Wharton provided important details about and impressions of the 47th Pennsylvania’s Red River Campaign experience in Louisiana in this letter home (one of his lengthiest). Published in the Sunbury American, 18 June 1864. (Click on images for enlarged views of letter excerpts. Click HERE for full transcript.)

 

20 August 1864

Henry D. Wharton's Letter, 20 August 1864, Camp Ford Prisoners and Virginia, part 1 (Sunbury American, 27 August 1864) HDW_20Aug1864_CampFordPrisoners and Virginia-pt 2_SunAm27Aug1864

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this letter home, Henry D. Wharton described the sheltering by local women of Rebel troops in Virginia, the hardships faced by Rebel sympathizers, and the poor medical care afforded to members of the 47th Pennsylvania Volunteers who had been captured during the Red River Campaign in Louisiana and held at Camp Ford, a Confederate Army prison camp near Tyler, Texas. Published in the Sunbury American, 27 August 1864. (Click on images for enlarged views of letter excerpts. Click HERE for full transcript.)

 

7 September 1864

Henry D. Wharton Letter, 7 Sept 1864, Berryville Wounded, part 1 (Sunbury American, 24 September 1864)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this letter to his hometown newspaper, Henry D. Wharton provided important details about the Battle of Berryville, Virginia and its aftermath during the opening days of September 1864, along with news about members of the 47th Pennsylvania who had been killed or wounded in action (Benjamin McKillips, Daniel Oyster and David Sloan) and those who had been promoted (Christian Beard, William Hendricks and Daniel Oyster). Published in the Sunbury American, 24 September 1864. (Click on images for enlarged views of letter excerpts. Click HERE for full transcript.)

 

September 1864

Henry D. Wharton Letter, September 1864, Opequan-Fisher's Hill, part 1 (Sunbury American, 8 October 1864)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Henry D. Wharton provided important details about and impressions of the Battles of Opequan and Fisher’s Hill, Virginia in this September 1864 letter home. Published in the Sunbury American, 8 October 1864. (Click on images for enlarged views of letter excerpts. Click HERE for full transcript.)

 

21 October 1864

Henry D. Wharton Letter, 21 October 1864, Cedar Creek, part 1 (Sunbury American, 29 October 1864)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Henry D. Wharton described the 47th Pennsylvania’s experience during the Battle of Cedar Creek, Virginia in this letter to his hometown newspaper, and provided a list of those from the regiment who had been killed, seriously wounded or taken prisoner by Confederate forces during the fighting. Published in the Sunbury American, 29 October 1864. (Click on images for enlarged views of letter excerpts. Click HERE for full transcript.)

 

14 November 1864

Good, Tilghman_Address to 47th Upon His Resignation-pt1_HDW_14Nov1864_SunAm26Nov1864

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this letter to his hometown newspaper, Henry D. Wharton presented the text of the speech made by Colonel Tilghman H. Good upon Good’s departure from the 47th Pennsylvania Volunteers, as well as news of the death of Jacob Grubb. Published in the Sunbury American, 26 November 1864. (Click on images for enlarged views of letter excerpts. Click HERE for full transcript.)