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MEXICAN WAR - FIRST HAND ACCOUNT - 2ND DAY'S BATTLE OF
BUENA VISTA
= Soldier's graphic account of the February 23, 1847
days Battle of Buena Vista. Letter is unsigned and appears to be a
continuation of a more complete work. Probably an Illinois soldier as
the 2nd Illinois Regt is mentioned and this was found in the papers of
former Illinois Civil War Governor Richard Yates. Transcription in
full is shown with the 'Additional Images". Period ink and just a bit
ragged on the left margin. Writing is choppy but a historically
significant letter.
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24TH MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY - Dated Nov. 30, 1864 from
US General Hospital, Hampton, Virginia, 4 pgs in blue period ink
from Irving Augustus Prescott to his mother. He writes about the
way the illustrations in Frank Leslie's  show the troops in
formation and has ideas about what is portrayed. Thinking about
asking for a furlough but thinks against it. Maj. Stackpole is at the
fort and is considering visiting him. Very good condition.
MISSOURI LETTER TO COL. DARR  (Asst. PROVOST
MARSHALL OF ST. LOUIS)
- Dated Dec. 10, 1864 Brunswick, Mo.
Head Qtrs, US Forces. Unsigned. Concerns the Confederate
prisoners held at Rock Island Prison starting the letter by
apparently answering a previously asked question on the
whereabouts of a Col. Shaw noting that he has been at 'this place'
for the last two days. Letter is in good condition with exception of
one small 3/4"  missing area on the left margin of the paper which
can be seen in the photo.
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150th PENNSYLVANIA INFANTRY - BUCKTAILS - Dated May
21, 1863 General Hospital at Windmill Point near Acquia Creek
written by George A. Dixon in period ink. Starts the letter
writing on how he shouldn't go to the hospital the next time he
gets a cold. "... I was sorry to hear about Dan Hartley and I hope
that he is not killed . You want to know what I think of the
battle well I think it was a very hard fought battle and I think
that the Rebels got punished very severe for I think that they
lost more men than we did ...". Good condition with some age
toning and staining.
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3RD NEW HAMPSHIRE INFANTRY - BATTLE OF
SECESSIONVILLE
- Great content written in period ink by George
A. Whittier of Co. D, 3rd N.H. Inf. with details on the battle of
Secessionville, SC.  This is two letters in one, one to his mother,
the other to his aunt which is when he details most. he writes; "we
have been in a battle and have lost in our regiment kill 6 wounded
100 ... I will trye to give account of the battle, the night before our
company was on picket about 4 oclock we had orders to fall in we
___ not think what was coming ... they was 4 batty playing on us
firing grape shot it look like firing sand in the water ... we held the
fort ..." - much more !!! Very good condition.
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1ST NEW YORK MOUNTED RIFLES - Undated - from Camp 1st
NY Mtd Rifles, 3rd Brig Cav - D Co. Army of the James - In the
Field - only signed 'Johnnie' to his friend Georgia. Three pgs in
period ink - fairly basic letter discusses the frequency of
correspondence from home. One puzzling item he mentions to
her is "you will soon be a Capt. bye the bye". What this means I
don't have a clue. Good condition but some soiling as can be seen
in photos.
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CONFEDERATE 7TH SOUTH CAROLINA CAVALRY
GROUPING
- Spectacular letter and family documents which
mention slaves of William J. Simpson of the 7th South
Carolina Cavalry. The letter is in period pencil and is light
but legible and what a letter he writes! Dated July 17, 1864
from Malvern Hill it does contain battle action content - how
the gunboats are shelling them and how far their range is,
etc. (Due to tha lack of space on this page please click on the
"Additional Images" link for a more in depth transcript
account).  The grouping also contains two other items; an
estate listing of his deceased father that mentions by name
slaves and their values to the estate, and also a receipt from
probate for the dues concerning his minor brother showing
William now as guardian. Dynamite letter (unfortunately
light) and the two other items - one mentioning slaves.
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16TH MICHIGAN INFANTRY - From Daniel Lyon - Co. H to Miss
Alma Bentley in Maple Rapids, Mi.. Written in period ink from 'Camp
16th Mich. Vols near Bealton, Va.'  April 3rd, 1864.  He writes of
happenings back home, snow 10 inches deep that fell in Virginia on
March 22, how at that time they had 2 inches of mud and describes
what consists of the interior of a soldier's tent. Nicely written and
ID'd. Cover with stamp is included. Lyon enlisted in August , 1861 and
was discharged in May, 1865. He was wounded at Malvern Hill, Va. in
1862 and at Hatcher's Run, Va. in February, 1865. Very Good
Condition and a desirable Regiment.
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5TH MICHIGAN INFANTRY - HATCHER'S RUN - From George
A. Turner - Co. B to a friend. Dated Feb. 22, 1865 from 'Camp 5th
Mich. Inf.' . He describes events of the latest battle (Hatcher's
Run being earlier in the month) " our Regt was not engaged but
lay in the 2nd line of battle where bullets come rather thick ...
only three were wound (he then names them)". He goes on to
name and write about 5th Mich soldiers that were captured in the
past and their fate along with Michigan men of the 1st & 2nd
U.S.S.S. assigned to the Regiment and reports of Sherman's
march. Letter has a few rough edges and some separation at fold
intersections. On the back of the letter a decendant had written
in ink a summary of the letter which has bled through to the last
page written by Turner.