An Exceptional Union Soldier's Letter from the Earliest Days of the War. Written by Thomas Ewing, Jr., from the Washington on May 22, 1861, to his father. Six pages, each page measuring 4.5" x 7.5". Very clear and readable pencil.
    Ewing's father was also William Tecumseh's step-father, and this brother John Sherman, later a prominent U.S. Senator. In the war, the younger Ewing served as a colonel commanding the 11th Kansas Cavalry. But in these early days, Ewing, coming from a prominent family and having served as Zachary Taylor's private secretary, was the consummate Washington insider. Ewing comments on a wide range of topics in these fast-moving days. He writes, "I have been either with John or Charles Sherman at different times, the President, and pretty near all the Cabinet & Gen'l Scott." He describes Scott's frustration with the administration for "neglecting to consult him..." He also shares the common misimpression that the first battle of the War would be at Fort Pickens on Santa Rosa Island, while of course it was to be at Bull Run. Other great content to be sure.

    Estimate: $600 - $900.

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