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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.
CLAIBORNE'S PARTISAN RANGERS - 7TH CONFEDERATE
CAVALRY - TRYING TO CLEAR A DISTRUST FROM A SENIOR
OFFICER - One page letter with cover from a Capt. Edwin W. Moise of
Col. Claiborne's Regiment to Col. Seaborn Jones of Phillip's Georgia
Legion. Dated August 10, 1862 from Camp French. Moise 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.. Moise 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). Good
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 period ink.
121ST NEW YORK STATE VOLUNTEERS - MENTIONS
ASSASSINATION, LEE, JOHNSTON - Four page letter written in
period ink from Corporal John M. Lovejoy to his mother, dated April
20, 1865. Very well written letter about their recent march to Danville
in pursuit of Johnston and mentions all the news that has taken place
in the previous four weeks; Lee's surrender to Grant, Assassination of
Abraham Lincoln, Surrender of Joseph E. Johnston, etc. Very legible,
see entire transcript on the bottom of the 'Additional Images Link'
GLOWING TESTAMENT TO THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE
JAMES RIFLE CANNON - Four page letter hand written copy on March
1, 1862 by the Adjutant General of Illinois originally written on
February 20, 1862 by Capt. Jasper M. Dresser of the Illinois Light
Artillery, Company 'A' to Governor Richard Yates just after the battle of
Fort Donelson that describes the battle in very good detail and his
battery's effectiveness using the James Rifle Cannon against the
Confederate forces. Transcription is on the 'Additional Images' link.
2ND MICHIGAN INFANTRY - BATTLE OF FIRST BULL RUN - Eight
page letter from Alfred Jeffery of the 2nd Michigan Infantry written on
August 2, 1861 on patriotic stationery. The letter chronicles the
regiments step by step movements from the time they left Detroit, the
passing through Baltimore and through the First Battle of Bull Run.
Very detailed and graphic in places. Transcription is on the 'Additional
Images' link. Excellent letter.
7TH MAINE INFANTRY - CAMP ABRAHAM LINCOLN - Two page
letter in period ink from Henry Welch of Co. F, 7th Maine Infantry
written on March 25, 1863. Welch would later be killed in action on May
12, 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House, Va. Average letter home from
camp speaking of drilling and meals Transcription is on the 'Additional
Images' link. Very good condition.
69TH NEW YORK INFANTRY (IRISH BRIGADE) - Two page letter
written December 7, 1863 in period pencil and addressed to Col.
Grimshaw of the 4th Delaware Infantry from three men who had
intended to enlist in the 69th NYI and were instead placed into the 39th
NYI. They, as a group are asking that this be rectified and that they be
placed into the 69th. On the back, in period ink is the message that the
letter was forwarded to Gen. Corcoran. It looks that nothing was ever
done in this matter as the three remained in the 39th. Transcription is
on the 'Additional Images' link. Very good condition.
CONFEDERATE P.O.W. LETTER - 10TH VIRGINIA CAVALRY - 1 +
page letter written December 27, 1863 Wheeling, Va. in period ink from
Lieut. Daniel Greene Martz to his wife as he was being transported to
Camp Chase. He spends the majority of the short letter trying to comfort
her fears and is expecting to be exchanged soon. Martz was captured in
Rockingham County, Va on December 17, 1863 and confined in
Wheeling on Dec. 20, Camp Chase on Jan. 15, 1864, Fort Delaware on
April 15, 1864 and finally exchanged on Oct. 11, 1864 and Paroled on
April 20, 1865 at New Market, Va. Transcription is on the 'Additional
Images' link. Very good condition.
26TH MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY - 4 page letter from Winchester,
Va., dated March 6, 1865 from Jesse Osgood to his cousin. Thanks
everyone for sending goods then turns to the events of the War. Mentions
Confederate Generals Early and Rosser, troops having to spend the night
lying on their rifles and gear waiting for an attack, prisoners taken and
other news. Letter is in very good condition.
AMBULANCE CORPS RELATED POST SCRIPT - This is a post-script
from a letter (unfortunately not available) dated July 16, 1863 from a
gentleman I could not track down, asking the recipient to give his
regards to all those in the Ambulance Department of their Brigade.
Looks like from a comment at the end mentioning Potomac &
Warrington, Va. that it may be from the Army of the Potomac.
21ST OHIO INFANTRY LETTER & GROUPING - CUTTING
OFF HEADS AT CHICKAMAUGA - Letter written by John
Bookman Zarbaugh (misspelled in data base as Zoebaugh) on
December 16, 1863 to his mother and father-in-law. He writes
a very gloomy letter about his thoughts of making it back alive
(and no doubt with the battles the 21st took part in). He also
writes of the rebels leaving the Union dead - unburied on the
fields of Chickamauga, some having their heads cut off and
placed on poles. Letter has some separation at the folds but is
still in one piece. Transcript on 'Additional Images' link. Along
with this letter is Zarbaugh's traveling rosewood inkwell (this
type very popular with the soldiers) with his initials (JZ) carved
in the side. There is a crack in the lid of the inkwell. A large
post-War photograph of Zarbaugh and his family with a
Ithaca, Mich. photographer's stamp (he had moved to Ithaca
after the War). It appears he is wearing a GAR lapel pin on his
jacket. A small German (?) book printed in 1816. A 1905 diary
given by Zarbaugh to his daughter Ella Stahl - appears to have
been written by Zarbough then given to his daughter - he wrote
about the "Slave Holder's Motto Before the War" - a four line
poem near the end. A 1902 diary by Zarbaugh where he
mentions going to the Post and getting his badge (GAR).
Includes other minor items also.
20TH NEW YORK CAVALRY - WRITES ON THE 2ND U.S.
COLORED CAVALRY - Letter written on March 15, 1864 by
Frederick Klice (Klise in Data Base) of the 20th New York Cavalry.
He writes about the skirmish near Suffolk, Virginia on 3/5/64 and
the conduct and fighting efficiency of the 2nd U.S. Colored Cavalry.
Letter is written in red ink with several ink blotches but otherwise in
good condition. Transcript is on 'Additional Images' link.
USS TUG 'THISTLE' - MISSISSIPPI RIVER FLEET- Letter written
on March 22, 1864 by the Capt. Robert J. Eltringham to his sister
and tells her of the operations they are about to take against the
Confederate boats up the Red River and of the Confederate forts they
have already taken. Letter is written in brown ink and has some
separation at several of the folds but not completely separated.
Transcript is on 'Additional Images' link.