Selected letters chosen by the editor from the mass of papers left behind by General Abbot, spanning his 30-year military career. He graduated from West Point in 1854, second in his class. Abbot chose the engineer branch of the service and per-formed important pre-war work in the west.
When the Civil War began, Abbot served at Bull Run as a staff officer, then with the Army of the Potomac as a topographical engineer. In February 1863, Colonel Abbott assumed command of the 1st Connecticut Heavy Artillery and served with that unit the rest of the war.
During the Petersburg operations, Abbot was in command of all siege artillery operating against both Petersburg and Richmond. After the war, Abbot continued on active duty, pr-marily as a professor, teaching about artillery, submarine warfare, and astronomy. He wrote widely and was a well-respected man when he died at age 96 in 1927.
The letters in this book span Abbots career and include a number of letters from his stint as commander of the 1st Connecticut. The majority of letters in the book are to and from his wife Susie, who died from pregnancy complications in 1871. Also included are excerpts from a journal kept by Abbots mother and several letters regarding his survey work in Oregon.
Abbots letters were found in the attic of the family home and are published here for the first time. The family has donated most of Abbots papers to the Library of Congress, where they are available to researchers. by Richard Sauers