Head Qrs Co C 106th Regt NY Vols
Near Culpeper Va April 24, 1864
I received your kind & welcome letter in due time. I was glad to here that you were all enjoying good health. Myself with all the rest are in good health. The weather here is fine warm & dry and if so long we will move with out fail. We are expecting it ever hour as we have been ready for the last two weeks.
Our Camp is now 1 mile south of Culpeper. We now belong to the 6th Corps 3 Div. 1 Brig under comand of Gen Morse. Howard is now in the ambulance train and well. He was over last night. I had a letter from Dave this week. He was well when it was written and like it well as usual. He said Butter was over 30 cts. What would he think if he had to pay 78 per at that?
I shall most likely be out of this before you here from me again. Where to you know as well as myself, out wherever it is there will be Johnes thick and full of fight. For this spring will be their last struggle either for or against them which is hard to tell. I saw Danforth yesterday. He is well and makes a fine company officer.
Lewis W. Wilson
Lewis Wilson enlisted at age twenty-one in August of 1862 with Company C of the 106th New York Volunteer Infantry. He was from De Peyster, New York in the northwestern part of the state along the St. Lawrence River. His regiment saw action at Fairmount, Martinsburg, and Culpepper in 1863. Wilson was then promoted to Sergeant and apparently commanded Company C just in time for the Overland Campaign. The regiment fought at Wilderness and Spotsylvania losing 49 men. It was again engaged heavily in the assaults at Cold Harbor where the unit lost 134 men. Once Jubal Early's Army of the Valley moved down the Shenandoah Valley and threatened Washington, the 106th New York moved with other parts of the Federal 6th Corps to stop him. At the battle of Monocacy, Maryland, south of Frederick, the unit was heavily engaged against Gordon's Confederates on July 9, 1864, losing another 133 men. Sergeant Wilson was among those wounded in the heavy fighting. Wilson recovered in time to return to the regiment for the pursuit of Early's army up the Shenandoah that Fall. He fought with his unit at Third Winchester, Fisher's Hill and Cedar Creek, where he was wounded again. The unit lost another 111 men, at this point becoming ineffectual. Wilson was promoted to 1st Lieutenant to date from the battle of Third Winchester and he served out the rest of the war, fighting at Petersburg and participating in the pursuit of Lee's Army at Sailor's Creek and Appomattox. The hard fought 106th lost another 48 men in the final week of the war. Little has been found about Lieutenant Wilson's post-war life, but it is known that he returned to the St. Lawrence Valley, another faithful and brave soldier, fortunate enough to survive the tribulations of war.