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    [Civil War] Autograph Letter Describing the Battle of the Crater, Siege of Petersburg. Four pages, front and verso, 8" x 12.5" and 8" x 7", August 10, 1864, "Camp 6th N.Y. Arty". Fine.

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    In the letter "Web" writes to his friend Travis telling in detail the events of July 30, 1864, when a Union mine was exploded blowing a gap in the Confederate defenses at Petersburg, Virginia. "A few moments past 4 A.M. . . . the Earth vibrated with the fearful explosion and the roar of artillery [was] deafening." He expressed dismay that although "the plan on the part of Grant was most admirably conceived . . .[I] can scarcely realize what we failed to gain." He writes bitterly about Colonel John Kitching, "I would not like to have him pelted with rotten eggs - on account of the disgrace to the quality of the eggs." He later apologies to the allusion to the eggs "as the expression is rather vulgar".








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