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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.
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 condition.
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 period ink.
24TH MICHIGAN INFANTRY - IRON BRIGADE - One page letter
written in period pencil from Timothy O. Webster to his wife and
friends. Dated September 3, 1862 after arriving in the Washington
area. He explains his trip from Michigan, how there has been much
fighting in the area and that he has lost his knapsack. Webster would
be killed in 1864 at the Battle of Petersburg. Full transcription of the
letter shown in 'Additional Images' link. Good condition.
5TH MICHIGAN CAVALRY - CUSTER'S MICHIGAN CAVALRY
BRIGADE - Four page letter written in period ink from QM Sergt.
Carlton Hawks to the wife of deceased comrade Ashley R. Jackett.
Dated July 8, 1864, Hawks answers Mrs. Jackett about an inquiry of
her husband's watch. Hawks goes on to explain the regiment's recent
movements and the state of the War at that time - Lee's suspected
movements, the 2nd Corps' movements, etc. Full transcription of the
letter shown in 'Additional Images' link. Good condition but does have
some separation at folds.
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'
17th MAINE INFANTRY - CAMP BULLOCK - Four page letter
written in period ink from George W. Doughty of Co. E. This was
written after his release from the hospital from being wounded at
Orange Grove, Va. Very interesting letter about how their camp is
structured and the common duties of soldier life. Mentions his
Captain having been killed in the same battle he was wounded in.
Very legible, see entire transcript on the bottom of the 'Additional
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.
LETTER FROM IOWA GOVERNOR SAMUEL KIRKWOOD TO
ILLINOIS GOVERNOR ASKING FOR ASSISTANCE FROM POSSIBLE
ATTACK - ALS Letter dated May 10, 1861 from Governor Kirkwood of
Iowa to Governor Richard Yates of Illinois asking for mutual military
assistance should either Iowa or Kansas be attacked from southern
forces. Unfortunately Kirkwood's handwriting isn't what I would call the
best so there were several words I could just not quite make out but the
text is shown on the 'Additional Images' link. Perhaps a fresh set of eyes
would help. Great insight as to the nature of the individual states
working together during that most uncertain time.
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.