Daniel P. Mason Letters, 1862-1863

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The collection consists of correspondence written by Pittsfiled, New Hampshire native, Daniel P. Mason to his mother and sisters, Mary and Abby. Mason lived in Northwood, New Hampshire, when he enlisted in the Union Army as a private in D Company, 15th Volunteer Infantry New Hampshire. He was stationed at Camp N.P. Banks, Jamaica Union Corps, New York, in 1862 and Camp Mansfield and Camp Parapet in Carrollton, Louisiana, during 1863. In his letters, Mason explains his reasons for joining the Union Army, his affection for his family, conditions in camps and the hospital, as well as general attitudes of his soldiers from the North.
Envelope addressed to Mary E. Mason, 1863 April 13
Envelope addressed to Mary E. Mason from Daniel P. Mason, postmarked April 13, 1863, New Orleans, Louisiana., larc@tulane.edu
Envelope addressed to Mary E. Mason, 1863 March 12
Envelope addressed to Mary E. Mason from Daniel P. Mason, postmarked March 12, 1863, New Orleans, Louisiana., larc@tulane.edu
Envelope addressed to Mary E. Mason, 1863 March 21
Envelope addressed to Mary E. Mason from Daniel P. Mason, postmarked March 21, 1863, New Orleans, Louisiana., larc@tulane.edu
Envelope addressed to Mary E. Mason, 1863 March 7
Envelope addressed to Mary E. Mason from Daniel P. Mason, postmarked March 7, 1863, New Orleans, Louisiana., larc@tulane.edu
Envelope addressed to Mary E. Mason, 1863 May 15
Envelopd addressed to Mary E. Mason from Daniel P. Mason, postmarked May 15, 1863, New Orleans, Louisiana., larc@tulane.edu
A letter to "Friends," 1863 March 7
A letter from Samuel T. Daw to "Friends" that he wrote while Daniel P. Mason and he were stationed at Camp Parapet in Carrollton, Louisiana. In his letter, Samuel reports that Daniel (P. Mason) and he are doing well and that Daniel is "as fat a hog" since they are being fed really well. He goes on to write that they may be home by June 15th if nothing happens., larc@tulane.edu
Letter to Mother, 1863 February 20
A letter from Daniel P. Mason written while stationed at Camp Parapet in Carrollton, Louisiana addressed to his mother. His letter mentions that he received correspondence from Uncle David and that he wrote a letter to Deerfield last week telling them about the war. Daniel brags about is good credit and makes sure to include a short note to Mary towards the very end of his letter., larc@tulane.edu
Letter to Mother, 1863 February 6
A letter from Daniel P. Mason written to his mother while stationed at Camp Parapet in Carrollton, Louisiana. Daniel informs his mother that he is doing well and that he has received letters from Uncle David, Uncle Stevens, and Mrs. Dow. He goes on to write about his experience with "war & negroes" and includes a brief note to his sister Mary towards the end of the letter., larc@tulane.edu
Letter to Mother, 1863 January 18
A letter from Daniel P. Mason to his mother that he wrote while stationed at Camp Mansfield in Carrollton, Louisiana. He writes that he is doing well and that he received a letter from Uncle David on the 12th. Daniel also explains that his mother must only believe rumors that come from the 15th Regiment. Towards the end of the letter, Daniel starts a brief note to his brother, Ward S. Mason, mentioning their Uncle Benjamin., larc@tulane.edu
Letter to Mother, 1863 March 12
A letter from Daniel P. Mason to his mother sent from Camp Parapet in Carrollton, Louisiana. In his letter, Daniel answers questions from his mother's previous correspondence. He mentions that he is doing well, but has a sore on his thumb. Daniels goes on about his Uncle David, Mr. Hoyt, and how he went to war so that his mother would not have to work so hard. He also explains that he has instructed Uncle David to take care of her if he does not return to New Hampshire. He writes that he had seen Elder D.P. [Ciley] and reserves most of page four for a short note to his sister Mary., larc@tulane.edu
Letter to Mother, 1863 March 20
A letter from Daniel P. Mason written to his mother while stationed at Camp Parapet in Carrollton, Louisiana. In his letter, Daniel writes that he has not "hird" from her in sometime and goes on to discuss plum picking and his knowledge of ripening seasons for fruit., larc@tulane.edu
Letter to Mother, 1863 March 8
A letter from Daniel P. Mason to his mother sent from Camp Parapet in Carrollton, Louisiana. In his letter, Daniel writes that he had been sick and that he is now well. Daniel tells his mother that he has written to Uncle David and explains that everyone thinks they will be going home in either June or July. Daniel claims that he does not mind staying longer because of how well he is being fed: "fresh stake fried & new portatioes." The last page of his letter is reserved for two short notes to his sisters Mary and Abby., larc@tulane.edu
Letter to Mother, 1863 May 12
A letter from Daniel P. Mason to his mother sent from Camp Parapet in Carrollton, Louisiana. Daniel writes that he is doing well and that they had a very long march last week to the city of New Orleans, about [20 miles]. Daniel mentions his salary and that folks "out hear ar doing thir harvesting portatioes ar ripe." He writes a short note to his sister Mary towards the end of his letter informing her that William and Sam are doing well., larc@tulane.edu
Letter to Mother, 1863 November 21
A letter from Daniel P. Mason to his mother written on "15th Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers" stationary while stationed at Camp N.P. Banks. Daniel writes that he is having a "first rate time out here in Jamaica [New York]." He mentions that his tent mates are D.P. Watson, S.T. Dow, [?].J.F. Looch and James Bryant. Daniel writes that breakfast and dinner consist of mostly of fresh beef while supper consists of cheese and bread. He explains that there are 15 regiments within 12 miles of his. Toward the bottom of the letter he includes two short notes to his sisters Mary and Abby., larc@tulane.edu
Letter to Sister Abby, 1863 March 17th
A letter from Daniel P. Mason to his sister Abby J. Mason written while he was stationed at Camp Parapet in Carrollton, Louisiana. Daniel writes in response to Abby's previous letter and mentions Uncle David and M. Philbrick as well as Uncle Stevenson and his horse, Sam. Daniel expresses his gratitude regarding the stamps that Abby sent him and writes about the possibility of Abby and Mary attending school in the spring., larc@tulane.edu
Letter to Sister Mary, 1863 April 12
A letter from Daniel P. Mason written to his sister Mary while he was stationed at Camp Parapet in Carrollton, Louisiana. Daniel responds to a previous letter from Mary and says that he will include this with another letter he has written to their mother. He mentions that he received the eight stamps she sent. Daniel goes on to express how much he wishes his sister could see the beautiful banks of the Mississippi. He also mentions Lieutenant Durgin, Deerfield, William (being alive), and Mr. and Mrs. Hoyt. He adds that Mrs. Hoyt was asking about whether or not they had Bibles., larc@tulane.edu
"...she does not know..."
A portion of correspondence measuring 2.25 x 4.25 inches. Document is missing pages., larc@tulane.edu
Sunday Delta
A small slip of paper measuring 2 x 4 inches with dates ranging from 1857-1878 typed on it., larc@tulane.edu