8vo. 32 pages, approximately 4500 words. Accompanied by all ten stamped mailing envelopes, one illustrated with vignette of mounted troops from the "Third Battalion, New England Cavalry." Folded for mailing, all very good. Andrews' hand is difficult to read in places, but is otherwise quite legible. Item #41305
Andrews, quartermaster of the 1st Rhode Island Cavalry, included some news of the war, including casualties, to the apparently older girl Grace, but most of the letters concern the girls' personal education and matters at home such as developing proper values and taking care of mother and siblings; further he reassures them of his safety, well-being, and longings for home, and compares his natural surroundings in Virginia with those at home. Such a sequence of letters from men in active Civil War service to their children is uncommon in trade.