Letters - Page 2
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.