This collection contains the Civil War correspondence of Union soldier Henry I. Colyer,
consisting chiefly of letters to his parents, siblings, and friends in Chittenango, New York.
Henry Isaac Colyer (also spelled Collier), a Civil War Union soldier. Resident of Chittenango, Madison Co., New York, he enlisted
in 157th N.Y. Volunteers in 1862. Until Nov. 1, 1862,
the Regiment was assigned to the defenses of Washington, D.C., and then moved to Centreville, Virginia, and took part in the
advance to Fredericksburg, Virginia, (Dec. 8-17). In late December,
Colyer was hospitalized with a heart and lung condition, and remained in King St. Hospital in Alexandria, Virginia, until
Aug. 1863. After that he served in the Veteran Reserve
Corps for remainder of the war. Until March 1864, he was on guard duty at United States Draft Rendezvous (known as the Conscript
Camp) at New Haven, Conn., and then served in
Alexandria, Fairfax, Fort Williams, Va. and Washington, D.C. He was discharged in July 1865 and returned home.
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