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civil war letters - David K. Parks Military Antiques
U.S. HOSPITAL - TURNER'S LANE, PHILADELPHIA - Believed to
have been written by Charles A. Burnham of Co. C, 2nd New
Hampshire Inf. on August 25 (1862) in ink from the above named
hospital. He describes his duties as being in charge of the
apothecary and dealing out the medicine. Among the text is "I hope
our government has waked up to see that this rebellion can not be
put down by playing war. We must go about as the south does
before we can conquer." Letter is in very good condition.
16TH MICHIGAN INFANTRY - BATTLE OF GAINES MILL, VA -
Dated July 7, 1862 from Camp near James River written by
William Simmons of Co. E, Stockton's Mich. Regt. (16th Mi).
Simmons would later die of wounds received at 2nd Manassas.
Terrific letter, writes of fighting till 10pm, 300 in the regiment
killed or wounded, the Colonel killed (actually was captured), how
the rebels had captured all their food, tents and clothing. They went
back to the battlefield and through the woods to find the
Confederate dead piled up like cords of wood and hearing the
wounded crying out at night still on the battlefield. McClellan rides
through every day and new troops are arriving. They can't wait to
make the secesh pay for what they have done. Great solid letter in
very good condition. Written in period ink.
CONFEDERATE NAVAL LETTER - CSS PATRICK HENRY - The
CSS Patrick Henry was a sidewheel streamer converted to a
gunboat and patrolled the James River. It was involved in the
Battle of Hampton Roads and actually fired on the Monitor from
long range. The letter was written July 10th, 1863 by F.C.
Moorhead, a Kentuckian in the CS Navy. He writes of many
officers known to the family and mentions about his clothes "you
would have been unable to recognize me by this time from my
entire unlikeness to what I was when I left home in my
Confederate grey". Written on poor quality paper that moisture
has made to look even worst.
96TH ILLINOIS INF. POW - LIBBY PRISON LETTER - Written by
Lt. Charles H. Yates (POW at Missionary Ridge) on Jan. 10, 1864
to Colonel John C. Smith letting the Col. know of his fate. "I am
happy to address you although I am in prison and no hope of
getting out . . .I cannot write army news . . . I find there is 9 of my
men here in Richmond four in the hospital and ten have been
taken to Danville, Va. Good bye, Yours truly / Lt. C H Yates / 96th
Ill Vol / Prisoner of War Libby Prison / Richmond, Va". Letter is in
1861 OHIO LETTER - JOHN BROWN A MARTYR - Nicely written
one page letter from an Ohio gentleman dated Sept. 24, 1861 to a
friend. He states that he has recently returnded from "the wars".
He was in camp at Elk Fork, Va and at the time he left "nearly
surrounded by the followers of Jef. Davis & co. to the numbers of
20,000 to 30,000 our forces were not over 6,000" He also writes "I
have about made up my mind to"take the position that John
Brown was a martyr"". Letter is in very good condition.
SECOND BULL RUN - DOESN'T THINK MUCH OF GEN. POPE -
Letter written on August 30, 1862 from Washington, D.C., from
Geo. (George M. Chester - came from a number of his letters)
writing about the battle taking place just southwest of D.C.. He has
an interesting comment on Pope, "Don't believe Pope's Official
Dispatches. Where he tells the truth he does so accidentally".
Chester was a Quartermaster officer for the Army of the Potomac.
Letter seems to have been in water as it shows water stains and
discoloration to the paper, otherwise very legible.
BRITISH SOLDIER'S 1861 LETTER FROM INDIA - 77th
REGIMENT - Letter by James Thompson of No. 1 Company, 77th
Regiment - Hazareetaugh, India on September 4, 1861 to his
Grandfather. Stamped cover is included, Thompson gives just
general information but does mention 'we get all our provisions
from a place called Singapore' and makes the comment 'If Jamie
Fallas is still clodhopping about, tell him his old schoolmate is in
India wearing 2 medals and 3 clasps and another looming . .' . Some
soiling and discoloration but solid.
22ND OHIO INFANTRY LETTER ON GUNBOAT STATIONERY -
Unfortunately this two page letter is not ID'd to the soldier that
wrote it as he never signed his name but he did give mailing
directions which included the regiment. Written in ink on May 24,
1862 from Franklin, Pendelton County, Virginia to his sister.
Mentions to her that they had a fight on May 8 and are now
exempt from duty for 30 days. More general camp news. Good
1st NEW YORK MOUNTED RIFLES - GREAT CONTENT - Four
page letter (Approx. 7 1/2" x 9 1/2") in period ink written by Elias
Sanders to his Aunt on February 26, 1865 'in the fields near
Richmond'. Better excerpts are shown in the 'Additional Pages'
but he writes of the battle they had with the 'Johnnies' and
describes the destruction and wounds received by many, an
amputation, etc. Very good condition.
16th NEW YORK HEAVY ARTILLERY - HEART FELT LETTER -
Four page letter (Approx. 5" x 8") in period ink written by
Morgan Darby to his wife on December 2, 1864 ' Near Richmond
on the Chapins Farm'. He writes that "you and them is all I care
for on earth, God is in the better world where I hope we shall
meet and those to part no more. I hope we shall meet on earth
and our last days may be our best days . . . we had a dispatch this
morning that Grant had taken the Danville Railroad. If that is so
we will hold our line which is about 35 miles in length & it is well
fortified . . .". Very good condition.
U.S. SANITARY COMMISSION FAIR STAMPS - FULL SET OF 3 -
These stamps were printed and sold at the Sanitation Fairs as fund
raisers and also used as postage when mailed from the fairs. The
postmarked covers mailed from the fairs are commanding prices in
the tens of thousands with these stamps. Near mint.
Denominations in 10, 20 and 30 cent stamps.
CONFEDERATE LETTER & COVER - TRYING TO CLEAR A
DISTRUST FROM A SENIOR OFFICER - One page letter with
cover from a Capt. E.W. Morse of Col. Claiborne's Regiment to Col.
Seaborn Jones of Phillip's Georgia Legion. Dated August 10, 1862
from Camp French. Morse lets Jones know that a letter to him has
been received and he feels that Jones is not treating him with the
respect he feels he deserves and as soon as Col. Claiborne returns
he will ask for leave for the purpose of traveling to Georgia,
attempting to straighten out any misunderstandings. The postmark
on the cover looks like an N.O. but believe it is N.C.. Records and
names as they are, I believe from the research I have done that the
regiment Morse is from is the 7th CS Cavalry under command of
Col. W.C. Claiborne camped at Camp French (which I found a Camp
French which was located behind Fort French south of Wilmington,
NC which is also south of Wilson, NC). There is a possibility
Claiborne's regiment may have been in Louisiana (as there is a
Wilson, La. close by). Morse only shows up as an Assistant Surgeon
in the CS Army. Good Condition.
151st NEW YORK INFANTRY - GETTYSBURG MANEUVERING
- letter dated June 28, 1863 Maryland Heights (Harpers Ferry)
from Zephram Larvier to his wife. Mentions building fortifications
on the Heights, mounting heavy guns. Have given up all ideas of
being attacked. Expecting a heavy battle to come off soon - Rebs
are on the old Antietam battleground and he expects a heavy
battle to come soon. Mentions supposed to go to Williamsport to
destroy a Reb pontoon bridge. Excellent Letter - peiod ink and vgc.
GREAT 1856 LETTER PREDICTING THE ELECTION AND THE
WAR - dated August 8, 1856 from John C. Nelson to a Captain.
He writes: "...You may set down for sure for Buchanan every
Southern State, making 120 electoral votes, and with Penn. and
California he will have just enough to elect him 149, but I predict
in less than two years we are (to) have Civil War, which will last
ten years. Slavery is to be legalized in every free(?) state by a
decision of the Supreme Court in the care of Passamore
Williamson (?) and then look out for music - the North won't
submit - so get your "bayonet" ready - you must fight . . ". Great
letter, period ink and in vgc.
34th NEW YORK INFANTRY - DESCRIBES THE BATTLE OF
FREDERICKSBURG WITH SOME GRAPHIC DETAIL - Dated
December 17, 1862 - Camped near Fredericksburg, Va., written by
Frank Bailey, Co. F, 34th New York Inf. to his brother and sister.
Click on 'Additional Images' for more transcribed excerpts.
Mentions their 'Dead Beat' Major who tried to get out of the fight,
how he himself has "sailed around under the enemy's shells and
bullets for five days but the shell have killed men so near me that
their brains flew in my face". He writes about another soldier by
name who had his leg blown off at the knee by a shell,
bombardment of the city and the devastation. Excellent letter -
not often seen with this much graphic detail. Has cover, written in