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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.