This collection contains two letters from Adolphus Nichols to his family during the Civil War. The letters were written in
a camp of the New York 6th Heavy Artillery in February and April of 1864. Also included are transcriptions of the letters
and brief unit histories for the 5th and 6th Artillery.
Private Adolphus Nichols, United States Army (1824 - 1864) was born in Reading, Vermont. In 1850, Nichols lived in a mining
camp in El Dorado, California. He ultimately moved to Pierrepont, New York where he made a living as a farmer. Between circa
1854 to 1858, he fathered three children with Delight E. Dimick (c. 1827 - 1905) of New York: George E., Ida J., and Ellen
H. Nichols. At approximately age 39, Nichols enlisted in December of 1863 with the New York 6th Heavy Artillery. The 6th was
initially stationed around Baltimore and Washington, D.C. in order to protect the capital. The unit moved south with Army
of the Potomac in the Spring of 1864. Pvt. Nichols was wounded on 21 June, 1864 near Petersburg, Virginia. He died three days
later at the Depot Field Hospital in City Point, Virginia.